Close win scares undefeated Leos
|Posted Oct. 13, 2006|
The La Verne women’s volleyball team remains undefeated 18-0, sweeping Occidental on Tuesday night to begin the second round of Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
La Verne’s service game brought one of its top performances with 19 service aces. Junior defensive specialist Katherine Randall led the way with nine aces in only two games of play.
Senior setter Leslie Flores had another great game with 27 assists and added five aces on her way to 100 aces in her career.
While junior outside hitter Whitney Kranz, freshman Crista Jones, and junior Tiona Hobson each tallied seven kills.
La Verne dominated Tigers beating them with scores of 30-14, 30-13, 30-11.
Friday night’s near-upset by Redlands was not as easy.
The Leopards came out strong dominating the Bulldogs in the first two games of play 30-22, 30-23.
The games flew by and the Leopard fans notorious final point clap echoed almost back to back.
The two-game lead against Redlands seemed almost too easy and victory was in the Leopards hands with one more game to win.
Even some of the Leopards most dedicated fans began to disperse out of Frantz Athletic Court, already convinced La Verne would be victorious and not thinking there would be a fourth or even fifth game in the match.But they were wrong.
The match against Redlands was not in the bag.The two-game lead just seemed to slip away.
La Verne made a couple substitutions, the Bulldogs capitalized on plays, and a miscommunication here and there by La Verne ended in a tight third game loss of 30-28.
"They played great defense and we lost our energy," junior Jodi Lindsay said.
Redlands gained momentum and La Verne could not stop them in the fourth game.
“Redlands in game four played really well, they got a taste of victory from game three and made a really nice run,” Head Coach Don Flora said.
Redlands lead for the majority of the game and ended ahead, 30-21.
Disbelief spread throughout the crowd. Wondering if this would end the 16-game win streak.
The battle was on with a two- game tie. An undefeated La Verne was not about to lose, and coming back in the fifth game with fire.
Looking to their leaders when they needed them most, La Verne found strength.
Senior libero Lauren Friestad brought the Leopards back with a season high of 42 digs in the win.
Friestad was also honored on Oct. 11 with female SCIAC Player of the Week honors.
Friestad has excelled in every tough match up for La Verne this season.
She already has a total of 362 digs this season, which is an average of 6.59 digs per game.
While the Flores made a key block in the fifth to give La Verne an advantage of 11-6. La Verne did not stop there and beat the Bulldogs in the fifth, 15-7.
“To come back and beat Redlands in game five while in rally scoring, I’m proud of our mental toughness and the confidence we had in ourselves,” Flora said.
Although undefeated, the Leopards still have room for improvement.
“We need to work on finishing games and not letting other teams gain momentum,” Kranz. said.
Kranz also had a great double-day with 12 kills and 12 digs. Jones led ULV in kills with 14 and had five-block assist.
The Leopards’ next game will be Tuesday at 7:30p.m. at Occidental and then they are off to Bloomington, Ill., for the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament to play Juniata (Penn.), Millikin (Ill.) and Mt. St. Joesph’s (Ohio).
Morgan Dobis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.