Sophomore Jodi Lindsay (No. 23) and Junior Megan Powers (No. 9) teamed up against Redlands in Tuesday night’s volleyball match at La Verne Lutheran High School. La Verne overpowered Redlands in three short games 30-22, 30-19 and 30-24 bringing their season record to 18-8 overall and 12-1 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
As the regular season winds down, and with crucial games left to play, the women’s volleyball team is finding its stride and it could not have came at a better time.
The Leopards, ranked 7th in the nation, faced the 17th ranked team in the nation in the Cal Lutheran Regals last night.
The Regals handed the Leopards their only conference loss this season and first since 2001.
Thus far the Leopards have looked to senor leadership from opposite Courtney Rollins and middle blocker Mandy Sedia.
Junior setters Lauren Friestad and Leslie Flores have been consistent while newcomer Brianna Gonzales, a freshmen outside hitter has also been steady.
“This is great,” head coach Don Flora said. “Great competition breeds great volleyball.”
La Verne cruised past the Redlands Bulldogs on Nov. 1 in a three game sweep that they made look easy. The score 30-22, 30-19, 30-24.
The Leopards were down 15-10 in the last game of the match, but they went on to rally and finished with a 20-19 run.
Friestad had 20 digs on the match and sophomore Whitney Kranz had 13.
As a team the Leopards hit .243 while the Bulldogs hit .117.
Four players had at least 10 kills in the match for the Leopards.
Rollins had a match high 13 kills and Sedia followed with 11.
Gonzales and junior outside hitter Megan Powers finished the night with 10 kills.
The Leopards cruised past Whittier last Friday as they swept the Poets with scores of 30-24, 30-25, 30-22.
Rollins led the way as she ended the night with a double-double, recording 10 kills and 15 digs.
Sophomore opposite Jodi Lindsay added nine kills and Gonzales added eight.
Sedia and Powers also added eight kills each.
Flores was also impressive in the match as she put her teammates in
great positions. She finished the match with 31 assists.
“We’re playing exactly the way we want to be playing at this point in the season,” Flora said.
At Thursday’s publication time, not only was Flora excited, the players were also thrilled to be playing in such an important contest.
The days in which ULV completely ran the tables in SCIAC are over due to the Regals’ success, but the Leopards have not been in a conference race this close in four years.
The Regals are led by junior middle blocker Mo Coverdale.
Coverdale has been named the SCIAC female athlete of the week twice this season.
“La Verne is a really tough team,” Cal Lutheran head coach Greg Gibbons said.
“Coach Flora has done a great job,” he added. “There’s a reason why they have had so much success. We’re going to need to play a great game if we want to win.”
Results of the Leopards’ match with Cal Lutheran will be published in the November 11th issue of Campus Times.
Adrian Medrano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.