Athenas Silence the Bark of the Bulldogs
The CMS volleyball team captured its third SCIAC win in straight sets over the defending SCIAC champion, University of Redlands Tuesday night at Ducey Gym (25-15, 25-23, 26-24). Set one was a tight battle with the teams trading points until CMS went on a four point run to pull ahead 16-12. Despite a Redlands timeout, the Bulldogs returned the next serve as an overpass to extend the CMS lead to five. CMS allowed just two more points in the set before a kill by setter, Taylor Jones (So., Scottsdale, AZ) gave the Athenas game point. A slide kill from freshman middle blocker, Bennett Jones (Monte Sereno, CA) closed the set 25-15.
In set two, the Athenas jumped out to an early 6-1 lead but a Redlands' timeout resulted in a missed serve by CMS. Back to back kills by outside hitter, Jackie Hamilton pulled the Bulldogs within two points. Although the Redlands squad continued to battle, CMS never relinquished the lead and captured the second win 25-23.
Set three looked to be dominated by CMS who led by as many as 6 points early in the game before Redlands pieced together a group of kills and challenged the CMS serve receive. Tied at 24-24, a kill by senior Allie Macy (OH, Walnut, CA) followed by an attack by Leanne Ringquist (Sr., MB, Ben Lomond, CA) gave the final points and the match victory to CMS.
The Athenas were paced offensively by outside hitters, Allie Macy and Emily Hudson (Jr., South Pasadena, CA) who finished the evening with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Hudson also notched 19 digs, a close second to libero, Shalynn Ho, who tallied 21 digs. Taylor Jones controlled the offense and dished out 34 assists in the effort.
With the win, the Athenas advance to 3-1 in SCIAC play. They will travel to Thousand Oaks Friday to take on the first place Cal Lutheran Regals. Match time is 7:30 pm.