Women’s volleyball wins tourney

Posted Sept. 28 2007
Leah Heagy
The Leopards plucked Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens on Tuesday in the Frantz Athletic Court. Defensive specialist Chelsea Sleight assisted teammate Whitney Kranz during the first period of the game. The University of La Verne overpowered the Sagehens with a 3-0 sweep and remains undefeated in SCIAC play at 3-0. The Leopards will host Chapman today at 2 p.m.

Dan Sayles
Staff Writer

The La Verne women’s volleyball team dominated as it hosted the Leopard Invitational, defeating UC Santa Cruz, 3-0; Elmhurst, 3-1; Redlands, 3-0; and Chapman, 3-0.

The Leopards also had another victory against Pomona-Pitzer, which improves ULV‘s record to 10-4.

In their match against Santa Cruz on Sept. 21, ULV’s Brianna Gonzalez and Jodi Lindsay combined for 11 and 10 kills respectively in their 30-13, 30-25, 30-23 victory.

ULV averaged roughly 10 blocks a match.

“We had a good defensive scheme,” head coach Don Flora said. “We picked up a lot of their off-speed hits.”

Elmhurst put up a bit more of a fight against ULV in the second match, as the Leopards lost the first set 30-28, but came back to win the next two sets, 30-13, 30-25, thanks to strong offensive tactics.

Gonzalez led the assault with 20 kills and 20 digs. Close behind were Lindsay with 14 kills and Crista Jones with 13.

Redlands was also defeated in the Leopard Invitational the next day by La Verne 30-24, 30-23, and 30-24 in a rematch of Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals.

Jones was the star player of this game, hitting a match-high of 17 kills and a .406 hitting average.

ULV then went up against Chapman, who lost to UC Santa Cruz before the match against the Leopards. The Panthers were shut down by the Leopards, losing 30-17, 30-19, and 30-13.

Chapman went scoreless until they finally managed to score a point when they were down by six, and ULV continually led them by a wide margin of points, sometimes exceeding 10 point leads.

Lindsay again led the Leopards, hitting a match-high of 16 kills, gaining a .681 average.

Both Lindsay and Crista Jones combined for a total of nineteen kills in the match.

On Tuesday, ULV faced off against Pomona-Pitzer and swept them 3-0, at 30-16, 30-21, and 30-17.

“We did a great job, did really well,” Tiona Hobson said.

ULV kept up their offensive onslaught, leading by 12 points after the first set.

In the second set, Pomona-Pitzer put up more of a fight, even taking the lead at one point, 9-8, as it went back and forth with the Leopards until ULV broke away and won, 30-21.

In the final set of the night, the Leopards sealed the deal at 30-17.

The ULV team also successfully blocked 11 shots, holding Sagehens to a .081 hitting percentage.

Gonzalez finished the game with 20 digs and 14 kills, rounding out to a .387 hitting average for the game.

Jones followed Gonzalez with 10 kills and a .412 average.

“We got the job done,” Gonzalez said. “It was a team effort.”

“Brianna is an All- American candidate, a good all around player,” Flora said.

“Pomona-Pitzer is a solid team, and we took it to them.”

Dan Sayles can be reached at dsayles@ulv.edu.

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