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Leopards get out-jumped in five

La Verne freshman Danielle Maxwell spikes the ball right into the hands of Pomona-Pitzer defender Rachel Bollens during a second set rally by the Leopards on Tuesday. The Leopards dropped the second set but took the third and fourth sets, eventually falling to the Sagehens in the fifth and final set. The loss snapped the Leopards’ seven-game win streak. / photo by Christopher Guzman

Christopher Barnes-Baxter
Staff Writer

The atmosphere was intense Tuesday night on the Frantz Athletic Court as the women’s volleyball team took an upsetting loss to Pomona-Pitzer, 3-2.

The Leopards started off the first set pretty strong, by staying vocal, showing good hustle to many of the free balls and executing killer spikes, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to secure the win as the Sagehens took the first set, 25-22.

Things seemed to be evenly matched between the two teams at first, but the Leopards confidence took a turn for the worst as the Sagehens opened up the second set with a killer ace.

“We played in fear tonight; there was rumor going around that Pomona’s goal for the match was to sweep us in three straight sets.

After the first set, everyone shut down and no one was taking their responsibilities,” senior Chelsea Sleight said.

There was a serious lack of communication during the second set, as the Leopards struggled to keep up with the Sagehens, falling 25-23.

The Sagehen played hard in the third set, but it was the Leopards who came out on top, 27-25.

After gaining their confidence with the win in the third set, it seemed as though the Leopards were back on top of their game during the fourth set.

The Leopards became vocal again, and sophomore outside hitter Randi Toomay performed beautifully as she spiked countless of balls to the Sagehens.

Despite the Sagehens’ best efforts, the Leopards were able to keep the lead during the fourth set, 25-19.

The fifth set was a nail bitter to say the least, as tempers were flying from the bench.

Leopards head coach Marlon Sano called quite a few time outs during the fourth and fifth sets to pump up his team and try to secure the win.

It was a very close set. Despite the hard efforts from the Leopards, the Sagehens were able to communicate more and pull it together to win the final set, 15-11.

It seems as though Pomona’s ability to intimidate through pre-game trash talking got the best of the Leopards, as Sleight pointed out.

“We were very preoccupied with trying to avoid getting swept in the first three sets,” she said. “After tonight, Pomona can definitely be considered as one of our rivals.”

The Leopards will look to bounce back on the road at 7:30 p.m. tonight against Cal Lutheran.

Christopher Barnes-Baxter can be reached at

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