Tigers Rally to Win in Five

Tigers Rally to Win in Five

LOS ANGELESHannah Wagner and Claire Strohm each had 16 kills as the Occidental women's volleyball team battled back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Pomona-Pitzer, 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9.

It didn't look good for the Tigers through the first two sets, but Oxy eliminated unforced errors and became the aggressor in front of a passionate and loud crowd.

"We've been talking a lot about turning flight into fight," Oxy head coach Heather Collins said. "We got aggressive, we never quit and were able to pull it out."

Oxy improves to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in SCIAC play. The Tigers have already played at No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 4 Cal Lutheran. 

Pomona-Pitzer falls to 7-6 and 3-2.

Turning Point: The Tigers crushed Pomona-Pitzer in the fourth set, deflating any confidence the Sagehens had. As Oxy played better and better, the crowd's energy was like quicksand for Pomona-Pitzer. The Tigers capitalized on Sagehen errors to lead 18-7 at one point in Game 4.

Play of the Game: Cassandra Guidice and Tiareh Cruz made the impressive comeback a reality when they teammed up to block Stephanie Sun on the last point of the game.

Cruz finished with 51 assists and three service aces.

Guidice had 11 kills on .476 hitting, and was outstanding defending at the net, finishing with one solo block and seven block assists.

Amanda Herold chipped in nine kills and Sabrina Degnan added six.

Game 1: Tigers rode the crowd's momentum for an 8-4 run in the middle of the set, cutting the Sagehen's lead to 21-17, and battled back to make it 24-22 at the end of the first set, but Julia Zwaal finished off a long rally with a tip shot to end the game. Oxy committed five service errors in the first set.

Wagner led Oxy with six kills on .417 hitting.

Game 2: The Tigers controlled the second set and were up 10-7 until Pomona-Pitzer went on an 11-1 run to put the set out of reach. 

Wagner led Oxy with four kills in the set, and Strohm and Degnan each had three.

Game 3: The Tigers went up 12-5 on a service ace by Cruz, but the Sagehens made another big run to take a 14-13 lead. 

Pomona-Pitzer tied Game 3 at 23-23 after the longest rally of the match, but Herold gave Oxy the lead with a kill and then initiated the Sagehens next error with a solid serve to end the set.

Strohm and Guidice led Oxy with four kills each in the set.

Game 4: Oxy capitalized on 14 Pomona-Pitzer errors to blow out the Sagehens in Game 4. Oxy led 18-7 at one point in what was a wire-to-wire win.

Strohm stepped up with four more kills in the set.

Game 5: Strohm strung together Back-to-back aces to put Oxy up 5-2. With Pomona-Pitzer closing later in the set, Guidice scored back-to-back kills, giving Oxy breathing room at 13-8.

Next Match: Oxy has a quick turnaround, playing at Caltech at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Pomona plays at La Verne Saturday at 6 p.m.

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