CLAREMONT, CA. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team closed out the Pacific Coast Classic with an even record and splitting the second day with a dominating victory over Mount Aloysius College and a loss against Salisbury University. The Sagehens are now 2-2 in the regular season.
Pomona-Pitzer def Mount Aloysius 3-0
The opening game on Saturday ended in the Sagehens favor thanks to some dominant defending and well-executed net play. Freshman Chloe Kerstein posted her first double-digit kill game with a team-high 11 kills and while Isabel Kelly added 10. First year setter Adrienne Tong recorded a career-high 22 assists and Gaby Harrison had 9 kills and a team-high 10 digs.
The Sagehens got off to a roaring start against the Mount Aloysius Mounties, building a 20-8 lead in a flash. The Hens did a solid job receiving the Mounties hits and limiting their mistakes while Vicky Marie Addo-Ashong and Chloe Kerstein saw their hits fall before the line. The team hit a collective .400 hit percentage in the first set and Adrienne Tong delivered 11 assists. An emphatic block by Addo-Ashong and Kayla Krilove sealed the set 25-15.
The Hens defense never relented in the second set, limiting the Mounties to single digits as they built a 20-5 lead. Pomona-Pitzer did not commit a single receiving error in the set, while Kerstein added six kills and Sara Ryerson distributed eight assists in the set. They took the second set without trouble 25-7.
The Mounties came alive in the third set, building a respectable lead over the Sagehens after a close start. Trailing 17-13, Pomona-Pitzer rallied back with five straight points, including two timely kills by Zaza Apolinario-Chaplin to go ahead 18-17. After the Mounties pulled together three straight points, the Sagehens managed to close out the match with a 7-1 run, including a match-sealing kill by Kelly off a toss from Sophie Janssen to make it 25-23.
Salisbury def. Pomona-Pitzer 3-0
The final match of the Pacific Coast Classic did not end as the Sagehens wanted as they fell 3-0 to the Salisbury Seagulls. Despite a huge 11-kill performance by Gaby Harrison and 15 assists by Adrienne Tong, the Hens could not find their rhythm on offense to fly past the Seagulls.
The opening set was the very tight affair as both teams remained in striking distance of one another. Tied at 19 apiece, the Seagulls went on a brief 2-0 run that may have swung the momentum, but a quick hit by Tong and a service ace by Kayla Krilove helped the home side tie it again at 23. However, Salisbury called a timeout and responded with two points to take the set.
Salisbury had momentum on their side, cruising through the second set through their composed offense. After the Seagulls built an 11-6 lead, the Hens rallied back with three points by taking advantage of Salisbury's errors. The Seagulls brushed it off and extended their lead 15-9. They never looked back and took the second set 25-16.
In the final set, the Sagehens made several notable plays, including a floor-shattering kill by Harrison off a pass by Tong, but they weren't enough to contain Salisbury as they sealed the match with a 25-11 set victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Cal Lutheran to compete at the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational on Friday, September 7. They will face Hardin-Simmons at 12:30 p.m. and then Puget Sound at 5:00 p.m.