The CMS Volleyball team continued conference play Friday night with a three set win over Whittier College (25-22, 25-22, 26-24). The Poets entered the evening with just a single win, but put the CMS defense to the test. The Athenas went ahead early in set one before giving up a 5 point run led by Whittier's Alayna Rigo. Senior captain, Allie Macy picked up 4 of her eventual 6 kills and fueled the CMS comeback. Emily Hudson (Jr., OH, South Pasadena, CA) connected with setter, Taylor Jones (So. Scottsdale, AZ) and put away two kills in the final points to capture the first set 25-22. Set two went much the same way, but it was Whittier who pulled away early, holding the Athenas to a mere .130 hitting average. Leading by just a single point late in the game, a dominating block by senior opposite, Angela Estrella-Lemus (Gilroy, CA) turned the tide in favor of CMS. Outside hitter, Kendra Huff (Sr., Downey, CA) came into the game and hit a kill before serving the winning point to give the team another 25-22 win. Despite five serving errors in the third set, CMS was strong offensively, notching 15 kills in the effort, narrowly holding off the Poets, 26-24 to finish the match.
The Athenas were led offensively by Hudson who tallied 15 kills en route to a .308 hitting average on the night. She also pitched in 19 digs. T. Jones had another strong outing, and recorded 29 assists, 6 digs and a block. Libero, Shalynn Ho had 17 digs.
CMS Volleyball continues SCIAC competition tomorrow night in Eagle Rock, CA as the Athenas take on the Tigers of Occidental College. The Tigers enter the contest undefeated in conference play, with recent wins over defending SCIAC champion, University of Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. Match time is 6:00 pm.