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LA VERNE, Calif. – The Whittier College Volleyball team put together a strong day two of the La Verne Invite Saturday beating Austin College and UC Santa Cruz.
The Purple & Gold wrap up the week 3-1, have now won three of their last four and improve to 13-6, 5-3 SCIAC.
Game 1 (Austin College; W, 25-16, 25-19, 19-25, 25-18)
The Poets took the first two sets against the Roos putting them in a tough hole to get out of. Austin fought back to cut the deficit to one but the offensive attack by WC was too much as they would roll to the fourth set win.
Ashley Whittall (Norwalk, Calif.) was the lone Poet in double figures posting 10 kills, while hitting .310. Makenzie Thieme (Corona, Calif.) was close to posting a double double as she went 9 kills and 14 assists.
The turning point of the match came in the 4th set with the Poets trailing 17-11. Austin looked like they would send the match to a decisive 5th but freshman Marissa Montoya had other plans as she would rattle off 12 straight points serving, which included three service aces and three kills from Alexis Mills (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.).
This gave the Poets back the momentum as they would go back on top 24-17 before finishing off the match thanks to an attacking error by the Roos.
Game 2 (UC Santa Cruz; W, 25-10, 25-21, 25-19)
Whittier moved into the nightcap against the Banana Slugs and made quick work of UCSC. The Poets finish off 2017 2-0 against UC Santa Cruz.
After a lopsided first set, where Whittier hit .319 the Banana Slugs tried to stay close keeping the next two sets close but the balanced attack by the Purple & Gold was too much.
Montoya put up nine kills, a season high with 15 digs. Mills added eight kills on 17 attempts for a .353 hitting percentage and Jazmyn Sudbrook-Johnson (Fremont, Calif.) and Thieme each recorded six and seven kills, each respectively.
Purdom finished the match with 20 assists and Standafer posted 12 digs.
Whittier returns to conference action this Tuesday, October 10 as they host Chapman University beginning at 7:00pm.