CMS Defeats Pomona-Pitzer In 4 Sets

Game Summary by Crawford Taylor

The CMS Athenas (6-5, 1-0 SCIAC) started off conference play with a win over their rival, the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (3-8, 1-1 SCIAC). The Hens took the first set, but the Athenas stormed back taking the next three sets.

Going into the game, the Athenas had the better record, but were lacking both in numbers and experience.   The Athenas were missing freshman middle blockers, Kelsey Jindra and Annie Fleming, out with various ailments and graduated five members from last year’s team leaving Emily Hudson as the lone senior.  But phenomenal performances by freshman outside hitter Monique Nguyen, who lead the team with 14 kills, and freshman libero Megan Coleman, digs team leader with 28, led the tenacious Athenas to victory.

The first two sets saw frequent lead changes with small margins, and both ended with scores of 23-25 and 25-23. In the first, Sagehen freshman outside hitter Ellen Yamasaki finished off the set with 1 of her 15 kills.  Not to be outdone, junior middle blocker Courtney Searls sealed the second set with Taylor Jones setting the play with1 of her 46 assists.  The subsequent sets were kinder on CMS fans’ nerves as the Athenas managed to jump out early, maintain the lead, and finish out 25-17 and 25-19.  In the fourth set, Bennett Jones delivered, seemingly, the final blow to Pomona-Pitzer serving up an ace that fell between all six Sagehens and for the Athenas 24th point of the set.

Regina Mullen and Emily Hudson also played well with  13 and 11 kills, respectively.  CMS finished with a .208 kill percentage, higher than the Sagehens’ .154.  The Athenas also had the edge in kills, assists, and digs.

The crossroad rivalry will continue on October 18th at Ducey gymnasium.  This Friday, the Athenas take on Cal Lutheran in a home game at 7:30. You can catch all of the action here at the Forum. Broadcast of the game will begin at 7:20 PM.

The live audio broadcast was brought to you by Nathan Falk (CMC ’14) and Crawford Taylor (CMC ’15).

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Game Preview

by Nathan Falk

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas travel across 6th Street tonight for their SCIAC conference opener against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. So far this season, CMS is 5-5 overall and coming off back-to-back losses against the University of Puget Sound, and Emory, where they were defeated 3-0 in both matches.

The women from Pomona-Pitzer are 3-7 overall in 2011, but defeated Whittier in 5 sets on Saturday to begin SCIAC play 1-0. Watch for freshman Ellen Yamasaki (PZ '15) and senior Jordan Hammond (PO '12), who combined for 25 kills (13, 12 respectively) on Saturday, and are largely responsible for the Sagehen's unblemished SCIAC record thus far.

The Athenas' have their own young and old star attackers in freshman Regina Mullen (CMC '15), and senior Emily Hudson (CMC '12). Mullen led the team with 10 kills last match, on only 17 total attempts. Hudson, the team's only senior, demonstrated her prowess in the Pacific Coast Classic earlier this month, where she was selected to the All-Tournament team after leading the team in both kills (52) and aces (8).

The battle of 6th Street continues tonight on Pomona's campus, don't miss the action packed match, beginning at 7:30 PM

 

Live Coverage

The live audio and video broadcast is brought to you tonight by Nathan Falk (CMC '14) and Crawford Taylor (CMC '15). Coverage will begin at 7:20 PM, and the match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions about Sports Broadcasting at the Claremont Colleges, please email Broadcasting@ClaremontSportsConnection.com