Volleyball defends perfect record

Posted Sept. 22, 2006
Sergio Sandoval
During the first SCIAC match against Occidental on Tuesday, ULV freshman Crista Jones spikes the ball back at Occidental’s Malee Alexander and Sonia Huizar. The Leopards mauled the Tigers in three games, keeping Occidental’s score under 13 (30-8, 30-13, 30-7).

Angie Gangi
Sports Editor

Being undefeated is hard, but the University of La Verne women’s volleyball team makes it look easy.

ULV (10-0) continued its incredible season Wednesday night with a sweep against Chapman.

Tuesday night the Leopards marked yet another tally in their win column as they defeated Occidental, 3-0. The victory was especially sweet because it was the 100th Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win for head coach Don Flora. He is now within three victories of his 200th career win.

Coach Flora was shocked to celebrate such an achievement and pleased with his defending SCIAC champion team and their perfect record.

“I had no idea tonight would be the 100th win,” Flora said. “I am so proud of what this team does and I always tell (the players) that this team is bigger than any of us individually.”

In this first SCIAC match-up against Occidental, ULV left no room for defeat scoring
30-8, 30-13, 30-7. The crowd of 190 gathered at Frantz Athletic Court to cheer for the powerful Leopards.

“I’m really excited because most of the teams are a lot better this year,” junior middle blocker Tiona Hobson said. “I can’t wait to play teams like Claremont and Cal Lu(theran).”

La Verne hit .434 as a team and restricted Occidental to a -.138 hitting percentage. Freshman Crista Jones led with 8 kills followed closely by junior outside hitter Whitney Kranz who had 7 kills.

“I think we’ve really come together well this year,” Kranz said. “We only lost two players this year so we have played together for a while and it gave us a lot of confidence going into our tournaments and winning them.”

The Leopards defended their spotless record through the state of Oregon last weekend with wins over Lewis and Clark, George Fox and Whitworth. La Verne swept all the games except one against George Fox where they lost one game.

With a perfect record, some may questions how long it can last. While they say they would be sad for the winning streak to come to an end, ULV players like Kranz don’t even think about the possibility.

“I think our team is good enough that we won’t lose a game in SCIAC.”
Next, ULV will play Pomona-Pitzer at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Claremont.

Angie Gangi can be reached at agangi@ulv.edu.

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