Sagehens Sweep Their Competition on the Court

The Pomona-Pitzer women’s volleyball team (14-7, 6-3 SCIAC) swept each of its last three games, beating Endicott College and Widener University Oct. 11 at Voelkel Gymnasium. The Hens followed those victories with another quick win over Whittier College (6-12, 4-5 SCIAC) Oct. 14 at Whittier.

As usual, Allie Frappier PO ’15 dominated the Sagehens’ offense, averaging over a .500 hitting percentage in both of Saturday’s games. Against Widener, Frappier converted 15 of the 25 times she received the set into kills, with only one hitting error. She delivered another 17 kills out of 26 attempts with three hitting errors in the next game against Endicott.

Watching Frappier play, one immediately notices that she hits the ball hard—noticeably hard. But what really earns her all those kills is her tact. She finds the seam in a block and aims well. She tips and roll-shots when necessary. And she does it all with poise.

But Frappier was not the only one who showed off her hitting skills. The Sagehens were .303 as a team against Widener and .385 against Endicott. Samantha Cahill PO ’17 hit .500 in the Widener game, while Samantha Quesada-Diaz PZ ’17 (.429) and Kelli Derrah PO ’17 (.462) contributed solid performances in the front row as well.

In the back row, libero Michelle Shultz PO ‘16 had no trouble answering either team’s hits, totaling 18 digs against Endicott. Kirea Mazzolini PO ’15 put up 10 of the Sagehens' combined 18 blocks (13 against Widener and five against Endicott), while Jessica Finn PO ’18 had a combined 46 assists.

“I think those games were a great example of us holding each other accountable," Finn said. "The first set [against Endicott] was pretty close, but we were able to stay in control and take the next two sets. Everybody knew what they needed to do as individuals to earn the win as a team." 

The Sagehens carried this momentum into Tuesday’s game against Whittier, where they earned another 3-0 win, pushing them one step closer to a SCIAC tournament bid.

However, in order to prevail, the Hens had to overcome a relatively slow start. In the beginning of the first set they trailed the Poets 19-15 before regrouping and coming back with a 10-3 run to win 25-22. The Hens gained their 22-21 lead off a block from Cahill and Yamasaki. The Poets then tied the score, but Yamasaki and Derrah came back with two solid kills followed by an unforced error from the Poets to end the set.

P-P, with renewed confidence, opened the next set with a five-point lead, which soon turned into an 11-2 lead. Whittier went on a couple runs of its own to bring the score to 18-14, but the Sagehens were able to clinch the set at 25-18.

The beginning of the third set was slightly weaker for the Hens, but they were able to cut down on their errors as it wore on, winning 25-16.

P-P currently holds fourth place in SCIAC, and has now swept the season series from the fifth-place Poets. If they hold onto this position they will be rewarded with a SCIAC tournament bid, which is awarded to the top four teams in the league. 

The team is looking forward to facing the solid competition it will challenge along the way. 

“We have a chance to make a statement going through SCIAC one more time, and we’re really excited to make that happen,” Finn said.  

The Sagehens' next matchup is against California Lutheran University (19-1, 8-0), a team ranked No. 2 in the nation, on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Voelkel Gymnasium.