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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College volleyball team suffered its 10th loss of the season, Tuesday evening in the Ted Ducey Gymnasium to the hands of the Athena's 25-19, 17-25, 23-25, 25-20, 12-15.
This game marks the sixth time this season Whittier has gone the distance in games.
Sophomore outside hitter Alayna Rigo posted a game high 17 kills and had eight digs for a Poet attack that hit .203 as a team. Claremont-M-S Emily Hudson headlined the Athena's offense with 13 kills on .154 hitting, while Taylor Jones recorded a assists/digs double-double with 39 and 10, respectively.
Whittier jumped out on top in the first game, outhitting the Athena's 13-6 thanks to junior outside hitter Alyssa Sialaris who tallied 16 kills for the game to go with six digs and that made the difference as the Poets won game one 25-19.
Claremont-M-S jumped out to an early lead in the second game and behind a .324 hitting percentage it would be a lead they would not relinquish as they tied the game up at one game apiece.
In the third game, neither team could gain a substantial lead but the Athena's were able to jump out in front 21-20, and the Poets were unable to force a sideout allowing Claremont to win 25-23.
But the purple and gold would not go away quietly as they rallied back in the fourth game behind senior transfer setter Alessandra Rios who tied the game high in assists with 39. With her leadership and experience, the Poets were able to stay the same hitting wise with the Athena's 11-11 but had a higher hitting percentage .333 and that would be the deciding factor as Whittier pulled through to win 25-20 to force a fifth and final game.
In the final frame, Whittier jumped out to an early lead but were unable to hold onto it as Claremont-M-S crawled back into the game to take a late lead despite the strong defensive efforts by Alyssa Acosta and Adriana Moore who each had 11 digs for the match.
In the end the Athena's pulled out the final game 15-12 and ran their record to 7-7, 2-2 SCIAC, while Whittier runs their record to 3-10, 1-2 SCIAC.
Whittier returns to action as they round out the week with two home games and a big matchup against the Tigers of Occidental on Friday, September 30 beginning at 7:30pm and then turning right back around to take on the Panthers of Chapman University on Saturday, October 1 beginning at 1:00pm.