Streak ends at four; Poets fall to CMS 3-1
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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College volleyball team had their winning streak snapped at four as the Athena's of Claremont-M-S came into the Graham Athletic Center and stole the show 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 24-13 in front of a fan base of just over 200.
The Poets now run their record to 11-17, 6-5 in SCIAC, while the Athena's move to 18-8, and 9-3 in SCIAC. Even with the loss Whittier remains in fourth place in SCIAC barely holding on trying to achieve the No. 4 seed in the SCIAC tournament. But from here on out every game counts and none bigger than the game against the University of La Verne taking place this Saturday, October 29 beginning at 6pm.
If Whittier had won this evening, their chances of making playoffs would have been higher but now they have something to fight for at the end of the season and they understand that every match and every point counts from here on out.
The Purple and Gold began tonight's game well jumping out to an early 3-1 lead, but CMS climbed its way back into the contest rattling off the next six points to take a 6-4 lead thanks to Emily Hudson who collected three kills on the evening.
The Poets and Athena's continued to fight back and forth, with no one team taking a demanding lead until Whittier won four straight points to get to a game point at 24-20 thanks to Alayna Rigo who totaled 16 kills on 22 attempts for a .455 hitting percentage.
But CMS would climb their way back in and rattle off four straight points to tie the game up at 24-24, but after a ball handling error and a kill by Alyssa Sialaris the Poets came away with Game 1.
Game 2 started off a little rocky for the Poets as they were in a hole 7-0 but they then came back and got within two at 18-16 thanks to Sialaris who finished the match with 16 kills on 20 attempts for a .600 hitting percentage but the Athena's continued to maintain the lead and eventually pulled out the game 25-19.
In Game 3, Alessandra Rios picked up the Poet attack as she collected 47 assists to help Whittier get a big lead 7-3 but CMS yet again climbed their way back to tie the game up at 8-8 and from there both teams joshed for the lead until CMS broke away at 21-20 to go on to win 25-22.
In the final game it was all the Athena's as they jumped out to an early lead thanks to Regina Mullen who had a game high 21 kills as she helped CMS maintain the lead as they went on to claim the victory 25-13.
Whittier returns to the court as they travel to take on the Regals of Cal Lutheran University on Friday, October 28 beginning at 7:30pm.