This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw Volleyball capture a thrilling win in its SCIAC opener, while the Men's Water Polo team broke into the win column with two wins at Cal Baptist's tournament.
Volleyball went the maximum five sets, and a little more, to take a 3-2 win at La Verne in its conference opener on Tuesday. Leading the way, again, was Allie Frappier '15, who had 28 kills including several at huge moments. She had the final kill in the first set for a 25-23 win, and then with the Sagehens down 14-12 in the fifth set facing two match points, she had a kill to make it 14-13, a block assist to put Pomona-Pitzer ahead 15-14 and then the match-winning kill to cap off a 4-0 run and give the Sagehens a 16-14 win in the fifth.
Kirea Mazzolini '15 fought off the other match point with a kill to tie the score 14-14, and combined with Frappier on the go-ahead block. Frappier also placed second on the team with 15 digs, while Beth Smilkstein '14 led the way with 24 digs. The Sagehens have three conference matches this week, traveling to face nationally ranked Cal Lutheran on Tuesday and then hosting Caltech (1 p.m.) and Occidental (6 p.m.) on Saturday.
Men's Water Polo began the season 0-6 with five of the losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation (including No. 1 USC and No. 2 UCLA). This weekend, though, the Sagehens had a spirited comeback to take an 11-9 win over host Cal Baptist at the Lancer Invite, and then cruised to a 17-6 non-league win over Occidental. Pomona-Pitzer trailed 4-1 early in the second quarter against Cal Baptist, and were down 8-6 midway through the third before rattling off five goals in a row to take control of the match.
James Baker '17 continued his strong freshman season for the Sagehens by scoring seven goals in the two matches. After scoring four times against No. 1 USC last week, Baker found the net three times in the Cal Baptist win, and then had four first-half goals against Occidental. Ryan Higgins '14 added three goals against Cal Baptist, while Phillip Clayman '16 started the 5-0 run with a goal, and added another to give Pomona-Pitzer its first lead with eight seconds left in the third quarter. Pomona-Pitzer travels to Air Force's tournament this weekend, facing Mercyhurst on Friday and Air Force and Chapman on Saturday.
Women's Soccer won its conference opener as well, defeating La Verne 1-0 on Wednesday, but then fell 1-0 to Occidental on Saturday. Danika Bethune '17 scored her first collegiate goal in the La Verne win, getting behind the defense off a diagonal pass from Nicole Quilliam '15, while Annie Wedel '16 registered her second straight shutout. After a scoreless first half against Occidental, the Tigers scored on their only shot attempt of the second half and held on for the 1-0 win. Pomona-Pitzer had a 10-1 edge in shots in the second half, but fell on the short end of the score. The Sagehens travel across the street to face CMS on Wednesday, and then host Chapman on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Men's Soccer had a 1-2 week, falling 1-0 on the road to Whittier on Wednesday, defeating Caltech 4-0 on Saturday and then dropping a 4-0 decision to No. 15 Texas-Dallas on Sunday. Four different goal-scorers contributed to the Caltech win, as Arash Mahboubi '15 scored with two minutes left in the first half, and Nathan Shekita '15 followed with a penalty kick goal a minute later to give the Sagehens a 2-0 lead at intermission. Voja Maric '17 scored his third goal of his rookie season to lead the team, while Jk Gopakumar '17 added his first collegiate goal as well. The Sagehens travel to Redlands on Wednesday and then host Occidental on Saturday.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Volleyball at Cal Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Men's Soccer at Redlands, 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer at CMS, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27
Men's Water Polo vs. Mercyhurst, 6:30 p.m. (at Air Force)
Saturday, Sept. 28
Men's Cross Country at Stanford Invitational, 9 a.m.
Men's Water Polo at Air Force, 10:30 a.m.
Men's Soccer (H) vs. Occidental, 11 a.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Caltech, 1 p.m.
Men's Water Polo vs. Chapman, 1:30 p.m. (at Air Force)
Women's Soccer (H) vs. Chapman, 4 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Occidental, 6 p.m.