Steven Falls
Sports Editor

The University of La Verne women’s volleyball team remained perfect in conference play with a victory over Redlands, 3-1 (30-28, 27-30, 30-14, 30-23), Tuesday night at Currier Gymnasium in Redlands.

The victory extended the Leopards’ Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win streak to an amazing 56 matches.

After falling in the second game, the La Verne coaching staff put the test to the team by demanding better play.

“Our assistant coach really put the challenge to our athletes,” head coach Don Flora said.

The team responded storming out of the gates in game three and cruising the rest of the way, 30-14.

“The players believe in our entire staff,” Flora said. “They took the challenge and ran with it.”

Junior libero Lauren Friestad contributed a team-high 30 digs while junior setter chipped in with 21 of her own while providing 25 assists.

Senior opposite Courtney Rollins had a team-high 16 kills, while senior middle blocker Mandy Sedia pitched in 11 of her own. Sedia was also named SCIAC Athlete of the Week.

The 2004 All-West Region player helped the Leopards to a 3-0 record last week with wins over Pomona-Pitzer, Occidental and Whittier.

“She is definitely one of our ‘go to’ offensive threats,” Flora said.

With the victory, ULV improved to 11-4 overall and 6-0 in SCIAC play. The
Leopards will take their seven match winning streak into tonight ‘s match against Cal Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. in Thousand Oaks.

The Leopards will then face No. 2 Juniata College (PA) in a non-conference match at 6:00 p.m., tomorrow at Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont. The
Leopards fell to Juniata, 3-1, on Sept. 17 in St. Louis.

Steven Falls can be reached at fallss@ulv.edu.

 

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Posted October 7, 2005
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