LOS ANGELES — The Occidental women's volleyball team played well in the first set, but couldn't sustain its momentum from Game 1, falling 3-1 against Whittier in its first SCIAC match of the season on Saturday.
Set Scores: 20-25, 25-21, 25-17, 26-24
Ashley Whittall led the Poets with a game-high 19 kills and Makenzie Thieme added 17.
The Tigers did everything they could to erase a five-point deficit in Game 4, coming all the way back to tie the game at 24-24. Goretta hit off the block, Bethany Heitland had an ace and Lauren Duffy tied the match on a quick set down the middle, but the Poets countered with the next two points to take the set and the match.
Season Impact: Oxy falls to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in SCIAC
Whittier improves to 5-5 and 2-0.
Next Match: Oxy is back in action on Tuesday at Chapman at 7 p.m. The Tigers next home game is Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram