Volleyball downs Pitzer
in sweep
Posted October 28, 2005
Kelly Rivas
Making one of the team’s 48 digs in the game, Brianna Gonzales passes to the setter. The Leopards dominated the Sagehens Tuesday night winning all three matches, 30-27, 30-19 and 30-25. In the last nine meetings between La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer, the Leopards have won in three-game sweeps. ULV improved to 16-8 overall and 10-1 in conference play.

The University of La Verne women’s volleyball team defeated Pomona-Pitzer easily in a three-match sweep Tuesday night at the Rains Center in Claremont.

The Leopards struggled out of the gate, but later took control of the match winning the first game, 30-27.

The Leopards then cruised in the next two matches, winning them, 30-19 and 30-25.

“We played very solid, it was a nice win,” head coach Don Flora said.

Senior opposite Courtney Rollins led all players with 11 kills. Sophomore Jodi Lindsay also added nine kills to help the Leopards keep their winning streak of four matches alive.

The Leopards have been on a roll since losing four of five matches two weeks ago. Rollins has been key along with the help of several teammates.

“This season I have been playing with more confidence,” Rollins said. “The new girls have stepped up and made my play easier.”

The emergence of Rollins, especially of late, has really helped a team in search of a big time player, something the team has lacked with the loss of six seniors from last year’s squad.

“Courtney Rollins has stepped up her play,” Flora said. “Last year she didn’t start and now she has become our go to player.”

Junior libero Lauren Friestad also played well, setting up teammates and putting on a passing clinic. The team play of the Leopards was sensational. As a team, the Leopards recorded 43 kills and 48 digs while holding the Sagehens to a .192 hitting percentage.

The Leopards are ranked eighth nationally with a record of 16-8 and 10-1 in Southern California Intercollegiate Ath-letic Conference play. The last time La Verne was defeated by Pomona-Pitzer was in 1997.

Three of the four match victories for the Leopards have been three game sweeps. ULV hopes to keep the roll they are on right now and peak at the right time heading into regionals.

Last Friday, La Verne also defeated Chapman in Claremont, 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-24).

Rollins played one of her best games of the season recording 14 kills. The Leopards also held Chapman to a .072 hitting percentage and had 53 defensive digs.

With only three matches remaining on the SCIAC schedule, Flora and his players are focusing on improving parts of their offense before heading into the playoffs.

“We need to improve our hitting percentage and make better passes before we head into regionals,” Flora said.

ULV currently trails Cal Lutheran (11-0) in the SCIAC standings by one game. The two teams will face off next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont.

The Leopards face off against Whittier in a SCIAC match up at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Whittier.

Darnell Gilbert can be reached at flawlessgee@yahoo.com.

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