Big Weekend for Sagehen Volleyball

The Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team had a busy weekend, playing four matches in two days. The Sagehens struggled at times but ended the weekend with a dominating straight sets win over Caltech in which libero Heidi Leonard PO ’11 became the Sagehens’ career leader in digs.

The Sagehens started a doubleheader Friday against conference foe Whittier College. Late kills by outside hitter Sophie Tweed-Simmons PZ ’13 helped the Sagehens take the first set 25-22, but the Poets used a late run to take the second 25-16. The third and final sets were close, but Whittier took advantage of its efficient attack and some unfortunate Sagehen errors to take the match, with set scores of 25-23 and 25-21. Kirea Mazzolini PO ’15 led the Sagehens with a career high twelve kills, and Heidi Leonard PO ’12 led the team with 22 digs. However, despite some strong play by the Hens, Whittier’s more consistent attack proved victorious.

The Sagehens hosted New York University in Claremont for their three-match California tour. The Sagehens started slowly, dropping the first set 25-15, but rebounded to take the second set 25-19. NYU used its fresher legs to turn up the pressure in the final two sets, which featured both teams at a high level of play. In the end, a few NYU runs were the difference as they took the match 25-19 and 25-17.

Tweed-Simmons led Pomona-Pitzer with thirteen kills, and middle blocker Rachel Bollens PO ’13 had a match-high 6 blocks. Ellen Yamasaki PZ ’15 did an admirable job filling in for injured setter Kenzie Aries PZ ’12 all weekend, and had thirty-three assists against NYU.

The next day, the Sagehens started play with a home match against Chapman. The Sagehens took the first set 25-22, notching fifteen kills against just six assists. Chapman took the next two sets behind a strong attack and had a 19-11 lead in the final set before the Sagehens came back to within two points. However, they were unable to complete the comeback, losing 25-20. Leonard led all players with thirty digs.

The Sagehens finished their weekend with an easy win over an overmatched Caltech team. They held the Beavers with out a kill in the first set and committed only three errors all match. Leonard finished with 14 digs, passing former record-holder Heather Pilatic’s PO ’98 career 1844 digs.

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