The 2013-14 Pomona-Pitzer Athletics season got underway this past weekend, with some familiar faces getting off to strong starts, and some new ones having an instant impact.
Volleyball started out the year with the annual Pacific Coast Classic, featuring four matches in two days at Voelkel Gymnasium. The Sagehens finished the weekend 3-1, and were one point away from a dramatic comeback to complete a perfect 4-0 weekend, but they fell in five games (16-14 in game five) to Willamette in the final match on Saturday.
The big story of the weekend was the debut of Allie Frappier '15, a transfer from Yale who did not play last year due to injury. Frappier amassed 81 kills in four matches, including 32 against Willamette, the second-highest total in the history of the program, behind only the school-record 35 tallied by Joanne Nielson '91 against Cal State San Bernardino in 1990. She nearly willed the Sagehens to the win with 10 kills in Game 4 alone to tie the match, and then seven more in Game 5 to give Pomona-Pitzer a 14-12 lead and two match points, before Willamette closed on a 4-0 run.
Frappier was joined on the all-tournament team by Michelle Schultz '16, who had a strong weekend in her own right with 33 kills and 58 digs. The Sagehens will travel this weekend to the Posada Royale Invitational at Cal Lutheran.
The Men's Cross Country team was voted No. 2 in the West Region by the USTFCCCA heading into the start of the year, and began the season with a strong effort at the Mark Covert Classic. The Sagehens finished second out of nine teams in the "Open Division" and were led by Ben Girodias '15, who came out running fast to start the year by finishing sixth out of 169 competitors from all divisions. The Sagehens will be in action this weekend at the UC Irvine Invitational, along with the Women's Cross Country team, which will open its season.
Women's Soccer had an exciting season opener against Concordia (Irvine), twice coming from behind to earn a 3-3 tie. The Sagehens were down 2-0 late in the first half, but Agueda Dudley-Berrios '17 scored on her first collegiate shot, and Julia Dohner '16 scored with just seven seconds left in the first half to tie the score 2-2. After Concordia took the lead back on a penalty kick in the second half, Nicole Quilliam '15 scored with just over two minutes left to play when she followed up her own shot off the post.
Men's Soccer had an exciting opener as well, but fell on the short end of a 3-2 final to Carthage. Lawrence McDonald PI '15 had a goal to give the Sagehens an early 1-0 lead, and Harris Levin '14 scored another to give the Sagehens a 2-1 lead heading into the break. However, Carthage tied it up early in the second half and won on a goal in the 83rd minute. After falling 2-0 to Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Sunday, Pomona-Pitzer finishes off its busy opening weekend with a home game against UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday before starting SCIAC play next week with home games against La Verne and CMS.
Men's Water Polo and Football will open their seasons this weekend, with the Football team hosting MIT for a 1 p.m. contest at Merritt Field on Saturday. The Sagehens, who ended last season with a 37-0 win in their finale, will be facing MIT for the first time in school history. Men's Water Polo, meanwhile, opens its year with a tough match at UCLA on Saturday (the Sagehens also host USC on Sept. 14 as they start the year with the top two teams in the nation in the first two weeks).
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Men's Soccer vs. UC Santa Cruz, 4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 6
Volleyball vs. Hendrix, 12:30 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Women's Soccer at UC Santa Cruz, 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Texas Lutheran, 5 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Saturday, Sept. 7
Cross Country at UC Irvine, 8:30 a.m.
Volleyball vs. UC Santa Cruz, 11:30 a.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Men's Water Polo at UCLA, 11:45 a.m.
Football vs. MIT, 1 p.m.
Men's Water Polo vs. UC Santa Barbara, 3:30 p.m. (at UCLA)
Volleyball vs. Schreiner, 4 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Sunday, Sept. 8
Women's Soccer vs. Willamette, 12:30 p.m. (at UC Santa Cruz)
Monday, Sept. 9
Men's Soccer vs. La Verne, 4 p.m.