CMS Volleyball: Athenas conquer Poets in 5 Sets

Game Recap by Crawford Taylor

The CMS Athenas move to .500 overall (7-7, 2-2) after a win in five sets over Whittier’s Poets this past Tuesday.

The Athenas lost the first set 19-25 despite jumping out to a quick lead.  This was largely a result of Poet’s junior outside hitter Alyssa Sialaris who helped her team outhit CMS 13-6; Sialaris finished with a game-high 16 kills. In the second set, CMS jumped out to another early lead but was able to maintain it to take the set 25-17.  The third set was the closest set of all, going to CMS 25-23.  Small mistakes and miscommunications plagued the Athenas in the fourth set and the Poets were able to capitalize taking the set 25-20.

The Athenas fell behind once again in the fifth set, but the intermission caused by switching sides provided a much-needed pause.  Upon resuming play, the outside hitters stepped up the take the set 15-12.  Freshman Monique Nguyen had three of her five blocks near the end to put CMS up 13-11.  Lone Senior Emily Hudson then had one of her team-high 13 kills to put the team within a point of victory.  Sophomore Bennett Jones completed this triangle with one of her four blocks to get the win.

Other notable performances include 39 assists by setters Taylor Jones and Alessandra Rios of the Athenas and Poets respectively.  Freshman Libero Megan Coleman had a game-high 27 digs and three more Athenas had 9 kills each in addition to Hudson’s 13.

CMS will be visiting Whittier on October 15, but will look immediately to hosting Redlands this Friday, September 30, at home.

Pre-Game Coverage

Looking to rebound from two straight SCIAC losses, the CMS Athenas (6-7, 1-2 SCIAC) take on the Whittier Poets (3-9, 1-1 SCIAC) tonight at 7:30 PM in Ducey Gymnasium. The Whittier Poets, who currently sit in 4th in SCIAC standings, last week beat University of Redlands 3-1 before traveling to Chicago where they dropped three of four contests.

The Athenas aim to start strong with kills leaders, Emily Hudson (CMC '12) and Bennet Jones (CMC '14), and sets leader Taylor Jones (CMC '13) lead the charge. Courtney Searls (CMC '13), Megan Coleman (CMC '15), Regina Mullen, and Monique Nguyen (CMC '15) have all played strong in their first season of SCIAC play.

Live Broadcast

The live audio and video coverage will begin at 7:20 PM as play starts at 7:30 PM. You can catch all of the live action on this page! The broadcast will be brought to you by Claremont Sports Connection broadcaster Crawford Taylor (CMC ’15).

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