Win over Pomona-Pitzer sends CMS to SCIAC Tournament title match

Nicole Kerkhof
Nicole Kerkhof

Release courtesy of Cal Lutheran Sports Information

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Back in the SCIAC Postseason Volleyball Tournament after a one year hiatus, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps volleyball team defeated Pomona-Pitzer 3-1 in the semifinal of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament on Thursday night at Gilbert Arena. CMS won 25-20, 25-15, 19-25, 25-21.

CMS faces Cal Lutheran in the championship match at 6:00 pm on Saturday in Thousand Oaks (The match can be watched live at: Top-seeded Cal Lutheran defeated No. 4 seed Chapman in the other semifinal match.

CMS took an 11-7 lead midway through the first set and it was not until CMS reeled off five consecutive points to break a 20-20 tie that they opened their largest lead of the game and clinched the set.

CMS used its late first set surge to their advantage in the second, clearly controlling the pace of play. The Athenas pushed as much as a nine point gap and at 19-10 Pomona-Pitzer was forced to use a timeout. It was CMS that took advantage of that brief break, however, closing out the second set with the final two points after earning an 11-point advantage at 23-12.

Pomona-Pitzer took its first lead of the day when Allie Frappier served for an 8-7 advantage and the Sagehens never trailed from that point throughout the remainder of the third game, though CMS pulled within one at 17-16. After another PP timeout, the Sagehens earned back-to-back points and went on to score the final three of the set to steal the third and cut the match deficit in half.

Just as CMS did in the second set, the Sagehens used the momentum from their win to take an early 7-2 lead in the fourth game. As CMS chipped back into things, the teams exchanged points throughout the middle of the game when CMS broke a 14-14 tie to regain control of the contest. The lead was as much as seven at 22-15 as CMS cruised to the 25-21 final, eliminating Pomona-Pitzer and moving on to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament title match.

CMS had five players with 12 or more digs led by 26 from junior L Megan Coleman and three players in double figure kills. Sophomore OH Audrey Breitwieser had a team-high 18 kills and 13 digs while freshman OH Nicole Kerkhof added 14 kills and 19 digs. Junior OH Regina Mullen had 13 kills while Arianna Sifuentes had 17 digs.

Frappier led Pomona-Pitzer with 16 kills and 23 digs.