CLAREMONT, Calif. – After two tough losses earlier in the week, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's volleyball team bounced back for a decisive 3-0 victory over Sixth Street rivals, Pomona-Pitzer (25-18, 25-18, 25-11). The Athenas put down 53 kills to PP's 29 in the match.
CMS was overwhelmingly more successful hitting in the three-set victory today than last night against Cal Lutheran. Both Crystal Anderson (CMC) and Nicole Kerkhof (CMC) were errorless through two sets. Kerkhof continued through the entire match without committing an error or hitting into a block and ended up with 16 on the night while Anderson was blocked once, late in the third set for her only error of the night. Anderson ultimately recorded 15 kills, good for her second highest total in her career.
Pomona-Pitzer battled more in this match than last. The Sagehens had gone on a four-game win streak since last facing CMS on Oct. 8 and still held onto the fourth place ranking in the SCIAC standings with a 7-6 conference record.
The third set showcased the dominance of the Athenas. CMS only had two errors and hit .484 as a team. Kerkhof put away six kills and junior Sarah Bruml (SC) came in and went up for two block assists. The Athenas held PP to .067 in the final set and out-matched the Sagehens in both offense and defense.
The assists were equally distributed between the Madsen sisters as Clara Madsen (CMC) had 22 and Phoebe Madsen (CMC) recorded 19. Defensively, Clara was also one of three Athenas in double-digit digs at 12. Kerkhof led the way at 18 to steal the show.
CMS (19-2, 11-2) next hosts Caltech (2-18, 0-13) on Tuesday, Oct. 25 while La Verne (20-4, 11-2) travels to Cal Lu (21-4, 12-2) to break the tie between them and the opportunity for first place status.
By Emily Nordhoff
Sports Information Director
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