Lauren Friestad (No.8) played a major role in the Leopards’ defense against Cal Lutheran on Tuesday night with 14 digs, while Jennifer Stout (No.2) finished with 11 kills to sweep the Regals, 3-0, propelling the Leopards to first place in SCIAC.
The University of La Verne women’s volleyball team took charge of an important game Tuesday night in the Supertents with a 3-0 victory. The Leopards competed for first place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference against big rival Cal Lutheran and succeeded.
In SCIAC, Cal Lutheran was 5-0 before Tuesday and is now 5-1 and 9-2 overall. ULV is currently 5-0 in SCIAC and 13-2 overall.
“They’re one of our rivals so it’s always kind of good coming in here playing them especially at home,” senior middle blocker Tricia Schary said. “I think we handled them really well three games you can’t beat. We are the winners.”
The Leopards showed their strength and teamwork out on the court. Sophomore libero Lauren Friestad had 14 digs overall and Amanda Thomas and Amy Kratochvil had 12 digs each.
ULV never allowed any cushion for the other team to come in and win. All three games were definite beats, 30-21, 30-25, and 30-19.
“We did some things that we need to do, but we have to play in higher levels,” head coach Don Flora said. “We need to play a little faster, a little more crisp, but we got a good win against a good Cal Lu team and it’s a dominant win. We like beating the Regals.”
The first game was pretty close for a while with a 20-19 score but ULV picked up the pace and new that they had to wake up and come together as a team and bring this win home.
“We started off really slow, didn’t have our rhythm yet, but we worked on it, worked hard, and we eventually picked up,” Thomas said.
“Tonight made a statement that we are the best in the conference and we want to stay there,” Flora said.
The ULV women also defeated Whittier last Friday with a 3-0 sweep.
“We had a slow start in game one; we really picked it up one quarter of the first game. The second game we did really well and the third game started off well but we kind of had a low, but then we picked up really strong,” Thomas said. “Overall really good match.”
Friestad blew Whittier away with 30 digs throughout the entire match.
The Leopards were strong that Friday night with a hit percentage of .273 where Whittier was at a .091 percent.
The Leopards have a big weekend, competing today against Illinois Benedectine at the Supertents and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont.
“We’re so ready for this weekend, it’s like a tournament,” Schary said.
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