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The Sagehen Report for September 10

Michelle Schultz '16 got her college career off to a strong start, leading the Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team to a 3-1 record at the Pacific Coast Classic, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Michelle Schultz '16 got her college career off to a strong start, leading the Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team to a 3-1 record at the Pacific Coast Classic, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.

The 2012-13 athletic year is already in full swing with all seven fall sports opening their campaigns in the last nine days, and the SCIAC season approaching this week for three of them. 

The Sagehen Volleyball team got the year started for the athletic department by hosting the Pacific Coast Classic at Voelkel Gymnasium on August 31 and September 1. Pomona-Pitzer opened up the fall with three straight wins, defeating Northland 3-0, Illinois Wesleyan 3-1 and Alverno 3-0, before finally falling to No. 14 Colorado College 3-1 (after taking the first game from its nationally ranked opponents). After splitting four matches at the Posada Royale Invitational at Cal Lutheran this past weekend, the Sagehens are now 5-3 heading into SCIAC play, opening up on the road on Friday at La Verne and Saturday at Caltech. 

Michelle Schultz ’16 started her collegiate career in impressive fashion, hitting over .300 at the Pacific Coast Classic to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team, along with setter Dani Kritter ’15. Schultz (90 kills) and Ellen Yamasaki PI ’15 (87 kills) have provided an impressive 1-2 punch for the Sagehens so far this year, while transfer Samantha Cahill ’15 has provided a big boost to the middle with 32 blocks already through eight matches. 

Men’s Water Polo opened the year on Saturday, Sept. 1 with a daunting challenge as its first two games of the season, on the same day, came against the top two teams in the country. The Sagehens began play at the UCLA Invitational taking on the host Bruins, ranked No. 2 in the nation, and then met No. 1 USC. Pomona-Pitzer’s schedule has remained daunting, as the Sagehens saw their record fall to 0-6 after dropping four matches at the Inland Empire Classic this past weekend. All six losses this year have come to teams ranked in the top 20 in the country (four of which are in the top 10). 

The closest battle came against No. 12 UC Davis, as the Sagehens tied the score 10-10 in the fourth quarter on a goal by Dylan O’Connell ’14, before the Aggies prevailed 12-10. Mark Hudnall ’13 had the top individual effort for Pomona-Pitzer with four goals in a 12-9 loss to No. 19 Concordia (Calif.). The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Sagehens as they travel to Stanford this weekend to play in the NorCal Tournament. Pomona-Pitzer opens play with a rematch against No. 1 USC on Saturday, and then will face either No. 8 Pepperdine or No. 9 Long Beach State in the second round. 

Men’s Soccer got its season started on Sunday, Sept. 2, and fell 2-1 to Whitman before bouncing back for an impressive 4-1 win on Wednesday over Cal State San Marcos, a team that the Sagehens had never previously beaten. Transfer Drew Lind PI ’14 scored goals in his first two games with Pomona-Pitzer, while three other players added goals against San Marcos, including the game-winner from Guy Thyer ’16, who also added an assist. Danny Nasry ’13 and Lawrence McDonald PI ’15 also had goals in the win. The Sagehens have three conference games this week, beginning with a trip to Cal Lutheran on Monday evening, followed by home games on Wednesday against CMS (4 p.m.) and on Saturday against Chapman (11 a.m.). 

Women’s Soccer also split its first two games, opening the year on Monday, Sept. 3 with a 4-1 win over Marian (Wis.) before falling to Biola 1-0 on Saturday. Nicole Quilliam ’15 scored her first two collegiate goals in the Marian victory, while Sam Thompson PI ’15 added a 30-yard blast under the crossbar, and Claudia Zaugg ’13 chipped in with a second-half goal as well. The Sagehens begin their SCIAC play this week on the road, traveling to CMS on Wednesday and Chapman on Saturday. 

Football kicked off its 2012 season with an impressive start against Menlo, a scholarship program from NAIA, but the Menlo rushing attack proved to be too much in the second half as the Oaks pulled away for a 41-13 win. The Sagehen defense stopped Menlo on the opening drive, and the offense then drove 80 yards in 16 plays to take a 6-0 lead, with Brett Harper ’16 scoring on a one-yard touchdown run for his first collegiate points. The score remained 6-6 at the half, as the defense did not allow Menlo on the board until a 47-yard bomb under heavy pressure found its mark late in the second quarter. 

Harper finished with 66 yards on the ground and 61 yards receiving in his first collegiate game, while Yoshi Rothman ’13 added a touchdown reception from Luke Ferguson ’13. Defensively, Kyle Roskamp ’14, Ben Feldman ’15, Don Swan ’15 and Nick Sbardellati ’14 all had double figures in tackles (with Feldman adding two sacks). Pomona-Pitzer travels to Lewis & Clark this weekend for a 12 noon contest. 

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country both opened their seasons with some light runs to tune up for the months ahead. Men’s Cross Country ran at the Mark Covert Classic on Sept. 1, with Ben Girodias ’15 recording the fastest time for the Sagehens, who finished in third place as a team while Alex Johann ’14 had the fastest time at the UC Irvine Invitational on Sept. 8, when Pomona-Pitzer finished 13th overall (and first among Division III schools). The Women’s Cross Country team had its first race at UC Irvine, winning the “B” race as returning All-American Annie Lydens ’13 led the way for the Sagehens. Lydens finished third last year in the nationals, the highest finish in the history of the Pomona-Pitzer cross country program (men or women). 

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This Week’s Schedule

(Home Events In Bold)

Monday, Sept. 10
Men’s Soccer at Cal Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. CMS, 4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at CMS, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14
Volleyball at La Verne, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15
Men’s Water Polo vs. No. 1 USC (at Stanford), 8 a.m.
M+W Cross Country at UC Riverside, 8 a.m.
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Chapman, 11 a.m.
Volleyball at Caltech, 11 a.m.
Football at Lewis & Clark, 12 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo vs. Pepperdine or LBSU (at Stanford), 2 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Chapman, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16
Men’s Water Polo at NorCal Tournament  (Opponent/Time, TBA)