CLAREMONT, Calif.— The Cal Lutheran women's volleyball team faced some tough competition on day one of the East-West Challenge as the Regals lost 3-1 to both No. 12 Washington (Mo.) Bears (10-25, 21-25, 25-17, 12-25) and University of Texas-Dallas Comets (25-21, 18-25, 21-25, 12-25) Friday in Roberts Pavilion.
Versus the Bears of Washington, Maci Haddad led the charge with eight kills and had a hitting percentage of .400. Amanda Roberts was next with seven kills and Jordan MacArthur and Amy McKee both had five.
Steph Rolfson tallied her fourth double-double of the season for assists and digs with 19 and 10, respectively. Defensively, Paris Dosch recorded five total blocks and Carly Rose Howard had a team-high 11 digs.
Washington took the first two sets 10-25 and 17-25, respectively, and had the Regals on the brink very quickly. Cal Lutheran had an answer in the third set as they jumped out to a huge 14-1 lead, scoring the first eight points. Rolfson started the set with an ace. Roberts swatted down three kills during the streak, Haddad recorded two and MacArthur had one.
A big play during the set came when Dosch and Samantha Landrum sent back an attack as they combined for a block assist and gave CLU a 19-11 lead. Ashley Reyes then served an ace to push the lead to nine points. Cal Lutheran kept the lead and won the third set 25-17 and pushed the match to a fourth set. Washington countered right back and took the fourth set and claimed the match at 3-1.
Freshman Julia Trento served two service aces and Hein and Roberts added one. Rolfson kept the ball moving with 26 assists. She recorded her fifth double-double with 11 digs.
Hein led the defense with 15 digs and six Regals tallied a block assist. Lauren Heller and Reyes both accounted for six digs for the defense.
In the first set with Texas-Dallas, the Regals fell quickly into a 6-2 hole which prompted a Cal Lutheran timeout. The Violet and Gold took advantage of the timeout as they came out and tied the set at 9-9 after back-to-back kills from Haddad and Hein. The offense continued its hot hitting as Roberts swatted down back-to-back kills to give CLU a 14-11 lead.
The offense then sparked the defense as Dosch, Roberts and Rolfson combined for a block assist as the Regals increased their lead to four at 17-13. CLU kept that distance as they took the first set 25-21. Texas-Dallas then rattled off three straight set wins and stole the match 3-1.
The Regals (6-5) continue the West-East Challenge Saturday. Cal Lutheran will take on Juniata at 2:30 p.m.
Box Scores: No. 12 WU 3, No. 15 CLU 1; UTD 3, CLU 1
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