The University of Redlands women’s volleyball team faced off against Pomona-Pitzer on Friday night in the Currier Gym and took down their opponent in a four-set game. The victory stood out after recent losses and was extra rewarding considering a five-year stretch of defeats against the Sagehens.
The first set began a little rocky as Pomona-Pitzer pulled ahead with a score of 25-20. In the second set, the U of R women were able to find their groove and answered back with a 25-18 victory to even the series. In the second set there was a .483 hitting percentage and 18 kills, giving Redlands an energy that carried over into the third set.
The Redlands offense continued to work hard and after taking a short time-out, the team showed depth to finish off the third set with a close 25-21 win. The women continued to drive going into the fourth and final set. Their attacks were too much for Pomona-Pitzer and the Bulldogs captured a decisive 25-14 point win in the last set. The 3-1 victory was well earned, with the Redland’s offense working hard to accomplish high hitting percentages and kills.
Players of note include freshman middle hitter Hannah Lanyon who had a total of 14 kills. Not far behind her was sophomore outside hitter Melanie Fyda with 12 kills. Assists were supplied by sophomore setter Emily Marty and junior setter Jackie Andrade. Pomona-Pitzer’s .099 hitting percentage, 3.0 blocks, and 9 aces which proved to be inferior to Redlands, who had a .248 hitting percentage, 3.0 blocks, and 11 aces.
Since the team’s victory on Friday they have had another match against Occidental, where they dropped the match three sets to one. The women have a chance to redeem themselves on their home court this Tuesday against Whittier at 7 p.m. In their nine matches, Redlands has had 3 victories moving into October. The new month will bring new opponents and opportunities to dominate the remainder of the season.
photo courtesy of Sam Keary, Redlands Sports Information