The Sagehens got off to a slow start as they took on the Whittier College Poets to conclude the first round of conference. They dropped the first set 23-25 after committing 10 hitting errors. However the Hens roared back behind the offense of Eleanor Hughes and Sarah Amos taking sets two and three 25-15, 25-17. In the third set the Hens hit an amazing .441, with 16 kills (Amos 5, Jordan Hammond 4, Hughes and Dana Kittrelle 3 each) and only 1 error.
The fourth set saw the Hens trailing throughout, but strong serving and aggressive net play forced the Poets to commit 11 attacking errors. The Sagehens took the set 25-23 and finished the first round of conference in second place behind Redlands and just ahead of Cal Lutheran and LaVerne.
Sarah Amos was the only Sagehen to reach double digits in kills with 18. She also had 15 digs and 2 service aces. Eleanor Hughes added 9 kills, 3 service aces and 3 blocks and Kenzie Aries tallied 42 assists to go with her 18 digs. Heidi Leonard had a match high 21 digs and Lauren Kim rounded out the defense with 11 digs.
The second round of conference began with 5-C match up as the Sagehens hosted the Athenas on Friday night. For the first time in Coach Cowan's tenure and since 1998, the Sagehens would complete a sweep of cross campus rival CMS.
The Hens came out strong taking the first set 25-22 with 4 kills from Sarah Amos and 3 each from Eleanor Hughes and Kenzie Aries. Defensively Heidi Leonard tallied 4 digs and Christine Chan had 3.
The Athenas then turned the tables and played a strong second set behind the play of Emily Hudson, who had a match high 17 kills. CMS took set two 25-19.
In front of a raucous crowd in Voelkel Gym, the Sagehens came out rejuvenated in the third set behind the serving of Kenzie Aries and Dana Kittrelle and never looked back. Sarah put down 5 kills while fellow senior Dana added 3.
The fourth set saw the Hens take an early lead behind the serving of Kenzie Aries and Dana Kittrelle at 11-4 and never looked back. The Athenas made a surge late in the set, but the Hens held them off, winning the set and match at 25-21.
The middle combination of senior Dana Kittrelle and freshman Rachel Bollens led the Hens hitting with a combined 14 kills in 32 attempts with no errors for a .438 attack percentage. Senior Sarah Amos had a team high 14 kills while Jordan Hammond tallied 11 kills. Lauren Kim had a match high 20 digs and sophomore setter Kenzie Aries dished out 34 assists, 8 kills and a .444 (8-0-18) attack percentage. The Sagehens hit a strong .283 (53-14-138) to CMS' .147.
The Hens (6-2) are in sole possession of second place in SCIAC behind Redlands (7-1) and ahead of third place Cal Lu (5-3) and fourth place La Verne (4-3).
This week, Pomona-Pitzer will host Chapman University on Tuesday, Oct. 13 before traveling to the Fall Classic at California Lutheran University where they will take on #20 Haverford and UC Santa Cruz. Conference play will resume Oct. 20 when the Hens will travel to Occidental College.