The CMS Volleyball team lost its first match in conference play Saturday night when it fell to the Occidental College Tigers in three sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-20). Despite tallying 5 more kills than the home team, the Athenas were shortchanged by the combined efforts of Oxy's outside hitters and middle attack. Down just 2 points in set one, CMS gave up a 6 point run to fall behind 22-16. The team rallied back to and trailed 23-24 but a costly hitting error gave Oxy the final point.
The Athenas went ahead 4-0 in set 2 before the Tigers recovered and the teams traded points for the entirety of the second set before the Occidental offense picked up and notched 3 kills in the final 4 points to secure the win.
CMS never fell into a rhythm in set three and trailed 13-20 before fighting back to 20-24. It was too little too late and the Tigers hit a final kill to take the match.
The Athenas were led offensively by outside hitter, Emily Hudson (Jr., So. Pasadena, CA) who finished with 14 kills and a serving ace. She was aided by fellow outside hitter, senior Kendra Huff (Downey, CA) who picked up 9 kills and a team high 19 digs. Libero, Shalynn Ho (So., Mililani, HI) had 16 digs and sophomore setter, Taylor Jones (Scottsdale, AZ) led both teams with 34 assists.
CMS Volleyball (9-3 overall) continues SCIAC play as they begin a tough three game series this Tuesday. The Athenas will play host to the University of Redlands (7:30 pm) before travelling to Cal Lutheran University (7:30 pm) on Friday and the University of La Verne (6:00 pm) on Saturday.