The Leopards fell short in a 3-1 loss against Pomona-Pitzer Tuesday after the women broke under pressure in the fourth set.
Pomona-Pitzer jumped out to early leads forcing La Verne to play from behind.
“I think we have a big energy problem that we can’t keep a lead,” sophomore middle blocker Destinee Sales said. “We have it and we can’t keep a hold of it once we’re down.”
Senior setter Morgan Donohue opened up the first match scoring for the Leopards, but it wasn’t enough.
With a Pomona-Pitzer leading 24-23 in the first set junior libero Anna Suarez served for La Verne, but Pomona-Pitzer came back with a return kill by freshman outside hitter Kelli Derrah.
This sealed a first set victory for the Sagehens.
Pomona-Pitzer opened up the second set with a point, but couldn’t get past the La Verne’s blocks and digs for the remainder of the game. The Leopards gained a 17-12 lead.
La Verne remained in the lead for the remainder of the set, ultimately giving them the 29-27 win after a kill by freshman middle blocker Kelsi Robinson.
Another game of catch-up by the Leopards began early in the third set.
There were many back-to-back points until the Sagehens pulled out its second win 25-22.
With loss of momentum on behalf of the Leopards, Pomona-Pitzer took the lead early on in the fourth, where it remained for the entirety of the set
The Sagehens closed the last set of the match at 25-18.
With the loss, La Verne falls to a 2-7 overall record in conference play and a 5-19 overall season record. The Leopards fell to seventh place in the conference standings.
While all losses are let downs, the Leopards really wanted to see a win out of their match up against the Sagehens.
“Last time we played Pomona-Pitzer, it was so close and we knew we could definitely win this next time if we just shut down,” freshman outside hitter Cassie Thompson said.
The Leopards continue on with Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a second match up against the Occidental Tigers at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Frantz Athletic Court.
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