September 16, 2011

Sagehens Volleyball Falls To Fourth-Ranked Emory

Thousand Oaks, Calif. - After a tough opening set, the Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team gave fourth-ranked Emory a tough battle over the final two stanzas before falling 3-0 on Friday evening in a match played at Cal Lutheran.

Emory improves to 11-1 on the season, including 10 straight victories since an early defeat on its opening day. Pomona-Pitzer slips to 2-7 on the year.

Set scores were 25-12, 25-23 and 25-21 as the Sagehens regrouped to play the Eagles evenly over the final two stanzas. Freshman middle hitter Kirea Mazzolini (Phoenix, Ariz. - pictured) had four kills and only one error in nine attempts for a team-high .333 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Sophie Tweed-Simmons (Beverly Hills, Calif.) also had four kills and one error, while senior libero Heidi Leonard (Del Mar, Calif.) had a match-high 13 digs to lead the team defensively.

Emory was led by Kate Bowman with 11 kills, and Breanah Bourque's five kills in 10 attempts. After the Eagles hit .270 as a team in the first set, the Sagehens defense held Emory's high-powered attack to just .167 and .161 hitting percentages in the second and third sets, respectively.

Pomona-Pitzer will next be in action when it opens SCIAC play against Whitter tomorrow at 6 p.m.