Regals Power Past Athenas
CLU improves to 14-1 and 4-0 in SCIAC
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The No. 5 Cal Lutheran improved to 5-0 against ranked opponents this season after defeating No. 22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16) Saturday evening. The Regals won with their trademark stout defense, collecting a season-high 12 blocks against the Athenas.
CLU got off the match off to a fast start at it used a 6-0 of runs to break open the first set. Tied at 8-8, Cal Lutheran was sparked by a block from Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira and Hayley Tamagni. The run was capped by back-to-back service aces from Kylie McLogan as CLU went up 15-8. The Regals would go on to cruise to a 25-18 opening set victory.
Cal Lutheran had to play catch-up in the earlier stages of the second set, trailing the Athenas 8-5. Backed by three Lauren Rohach kills, CLU climbed back into the game and eventually took the lead on a Tamagni put-back smash that made the score 17-16. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps showed some resolve by hanging around and then retook the lead at 24-23. The Athenas then took the second set at 25-23 thanks to a service ace on the final point from Megan Coleman.
Coming off the break, Cal Lutheran rushed out to a 4-0 start in the third set but CMS stormed back to later tie the game at 11-11. After trading scores over the next seven points, CLU used another 4-0 to increase its lead to 19-14. A kill from Caitlin Fransen pushed Cal Lutheran to 23-18 and after a nice dig from Kennedy Peters that led to a CMS attacking error that got CLU to set point. On the following point, CMS served into the net and gave the Regals the third set win at 25-19.
McLogan, CLU’s leader in kills, saved her best for last. The junior from Upland, Calif. powered in seven kills to pace the offense in the final set. Tamagni continued her defensive prowess, coming up with three blocks in the fourth frame as CLU captured the final set 25-16.
Tamagni led the defense for CLU, collecting six block assists while Mo’okini-Oliveira had five and Rohach had four. Peters had 16 digs while Allie Eason had nine and Jackie Russell had eight.
Offensively, Cal Lutheran was paced by McLogan’s 14 kills.
Claremont-Mudd-Scipps’ Nicole Kerkhof led the Athenas with 14 kills as well. With the loss CMS falls to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in the SCIAC.
Cal Lutheran (14-1, 4-0 SCIAC) returns to action Tuesday, Oct. 1 when it travels to Redlands to take on the Bulldogs. The match is set to get underway at 7:30pm.