CMS Volleyball finished the first round of SCIAC play with a win over Occidental College Tuesday night at Ducey Gym. The Athenas went ahead 7-4 in the first set off the serve of freshman right side attacker, Kelly Halamek (Palo Alto, CA). Steadily increasing that lead, CMS was ahead 23-18 when Occidental went on its biggest run of the match, tying the score at 23-23. CMS called a timeout and converted the subsequent point, before Emily Hudson (So., South Pasadena) sealed the win with an outside kill, 25-23. Set two was similarly close, with the Tigers and Athenas trading points throughout. CMS finally opened up a 5 point lead at 17-12 and a pair of blocks by senior middle blocker, Jamie Matusiak (Tucson, AZ) helped carry the momentum to win 25-20. The third set played much the same way. Hudson and Halamek were excellent, combining for 6 critical kills. Halamek finished the night with 11 kills, hitting .455. Freshman middle blocker, Megan Levonian was also strong, picking up 3 of her eventual 7 kills in set three en route to a .636 hitting performance. CMS closed the match out 25-21.
The Athenas begin the second round of SCIAC play on Friday night when they head across the street to take on conference rival, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. Match time is 7:30 pm.