This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Volleyball team and Women's Soccer team both end the regular season in second place in the SCIAC, the Men's Cross Country team finish a close second in the conference championships, and the Men's Water Polo team pick up its biggest win of the season.
Volleyball secured the No. 2 seed in the SCIAC Tournament with a 3-0 week, defeating Redlands and Chapman 3-1 and Caltech 3-0. The Chapman match was a head-to-head battle for second place, and the Sagehens put together a strong effort winning 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17. Allie Frappier '15, who was named the Division III National Player of the Week on Tuesday after a school-record 40 kills in a win over CMS, had 24 kills and 14 digs to lead the way. Frappier and several other starters sat out the Caltech match, as Sarah Gamble '17 paced the offense with nine kills.
The Caltech win was the 20th of the season for the Sagehens, the first time since 2008 that they have reached the 20-win plateau. Pomona-Pitzer will face No. 3 seed CMS at Cal Lutheran on Thursday in the SCIAC semifinals, with the championship played on Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed. The Sagehens swept CMS during the regular season in two very tight matches, winning the first one 3-0 (27-25, 26-24, 25-23) and then taking the second one 3-1 with the fourth set going to 35-33 before Frappier won it with her school-record 40th kill.
The Women's Soccer team also earned the No. 2 seed in the SCIAC Tournament and will also play CMS, although they will get to play their semifinal game at home on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The Sagehens had a chance to win the regular season title after defeating Redlands 1-0 on Wednesday on an early goal from Allie Tao '14, but fell at Cal Lutheran on Saturday with the Regals earning the top seed instead. Nadia Alaiyan '17 had her first career goal in the Cal Lutheran game in a losing cause. Pomona-Pitzer swept CMS during the regular season by identical 2-1 scores.
Men's Water Polo won a pair of matches at Haldeman Pool on Saturday, defeating Caltech 16-9 and then knocking off No. 14 Santa Clara 10-5 for its first win this season over a ranked team. The Sagehens were led against Santa Clara by James Baker '17 and Stephen Vint PI '15 on offense with three goals apiece, and on defense by the hot goalkeeping of Tyler Hill '14 and Caleb Prater-Fahey '17. Hill stopped six shots in the first half, and Prater-Fahey had 10 saves in the second half while allowing only one goal. Pomona-Pitzer hosts Chapman on Wednesday and travels to CMS on Saturday in a pair of key SCIAC matches.
Cross Country competed in the SCIAC Championship on Saturday with the men's team coming just six points out of first place in a very tight three-way battle. CMS finished first with 51 points, Pomona-Pitzer was second with 57 and Occidental was third with 60. Ben Girodias '15 and John Fowler '16 earned first-team All-SCIAC honors by finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, while Corey Purcella ‘16, Alex Johann '14 and Steven Ory '16 earned second-team honors with top 20 finishes. Maya Weigel '17 led the Pomona-Pitzer Women's team with a 12th place finish, followed by Claire Brickson '14 in 13th as they finished fourth overall.
The Football team, which was playing without leading receivers Duncan Hussey '13 (CGU '15) and Ryan Randle '14 due to injury had a fierce battle with Occidental in the annual Battle for the Drum, but the Tigers came away with a 13-7 win after stopping the Sagehens in the red zone with less than two minutes left in the game. Guy Scherzer '15 accounted for the Sagehen points with his first career touchdown, a diving catch in the end zone with 14 seconds left in the second quarter to tie the game going into halftime, but Occidental scored the only second half points on two field goals. Senior linebackers Kyle Roskamp '14 (12 tackles) and Nick Sbardellati (10 tackles) led a spirited defensive effort. While Weston Staubus '14 played on both sides of the ball in his final home game, tallying an interception and three catches for 44 yards on offense.
Men's Soccer missed out on the SCIAC Tournament, but had a late comeback in a 2-1 win at Occidental, with Harris Levin '14 scoring the game-winning goal – his third game-winning goal against Occidental in the last two years. Voja Maric '17 tied the score in the 78th minute and then assisted on Levin's game-winner three minutes later. Maric also had the only Pomona-Pitzer goal on Saturday against Redlands, staking the Sagehens to a 1-0 lead in the second half before a penalty kick swung the momentum and Redlands was able to come away with a 3-1 win.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Wednesday, November 6
Men's Water Polo (H) vs. Chapman, 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 7
Women's Soccer (H) vs. CMS, 2:30 p.m. (SCIAC semis)
Volleyball vs. CMS, 5 p.m. (SCIAC semis at Cal Lutheran)
Saturday, November 9
Swimming/Diving at Redlands Pentathlon, 9 a.m.
Women's Soccer at SCIAC finals, 12 p.m. (If Sagehens advance)
Volleyball at SCIAC finals, 6 p.m. (if Sagehens advance)
Men's Water Polo at CMS, 7 p.m.
Football at Redlands, 7 p.m.