CLAREMONT, CA — Haley Celaya tied a game-high in kills and the University of La Verne volleyball won set two against No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
But the Athenas pulled away in the third set and won the fourth to spoil the Leopards' upset bid 3-1
Set Scores: 25-11, 26-28, 25-20, 25-18
Celaya led a trio of Leopards that finished with double-digit kills. The sophomore finished with 13 kills, seven digs, and three blocks.
CMS was led by Melanie Moore's 13 kills and Sarah Tritschler's 26 digs.
How It Happened
After the Athenas ran away with the first set, it looked like they would do the same in the second after jumping out to a 14-6 lead.
But the Leopards responded with a 10-2 run highlighted by a kill from Emily Heldenbrand and an ace from Estigoy.
The squads stayed neck and neck until CMS reached set point with a 26-25 lead. Mier stepped up and evened the set with a kill and an ace by Heldenbrand brought up set point for the Leopards. An attack error by the Athenas gave La Verne the frame.
It was more of the same in the next set with the squads tied 20-20 following a kill by Mier. But CMS rallied and closed out the set on a 5-0 run. The Athenas jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the fourth set and La Verne couldn't recover.
The loss snaps the La Verne's five-game winning streak and drops the Leopards to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
CMS improves to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the SCIAC.
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