Volleyball: Athenas Fall to Leopards in Three

Game Recap By Joanmarie Del Vecchio 

This Saturday night at Ducey Gymnasium, the CMS Athenas lost a three-set match to the visiting University of La Verne Leopards, unable to surmount a 14-point gap in the second set.

Junior Courtney Searles led the team with 7 kills for the night, but it was ultimately La Verne’s blocking prowess that shut down the Athena’s offense. The Leopards notched 6 total blocks for the match, and freshman libero Anna Suarez picked up 24 digs for La Verne. CMS libero Megan Coleman, also a freshman, had 16 digs for the night, leading her team’s total of 58 digs.

The match seemed like it could go either way in the first set, with the Leopards only defeating the Athenas by five points. It was the second set, however during which the Athenas lost momentum as the Leopards continued to notch up serve after serve. At one point, the Leopards scored twenty points, while the Athenas still found themselves in single digits. Both teams were very consistent in their digs and offense, but it became clear that the Leopard blockers were one step ahead of the Athena attackers. In total, La Verne was able to score 32 kills for the night, whereas CMS could only take 23.

Things were looking better for the Athenas in the third set as they rallied to take an 11-7 lead over the Leopards. However, their efforts fell short as the Leopards pushed past the Athenas in the final points of the third game.

CMS volleyball is now 6-7 overall, 1-2 in the SCIAC. The Leopards improved to 8-5 overall, and are undefeated in the SCIAC.

Next up: The Athenas take on Whittier at home on Tuesday, September 27th .

 

Game Preview

by Crawford Taylor

Tonight at 6pm, the Athenas will take on the Leopards of La Verne in Ducey Gymnasium. CMS is coming off a loss to Cal Lutheran in 5 sets that could very easily have gone in their favor. The Athenas are now 6-6 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Their SCIAC opponents, the Leopards, are 7-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

 

Live Coverage

The live audio and video coverage will begin at 5:50 PM as play kicks of at 6 PM. You can catch all of the live action on this page! The broadcast will be brought to you by Claremont Sports Connection broadcasters Crawford Taylor (CMC ’15) and Joanmarie Del Vecchio (PO ’15).

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