Tigers Beat Pomona-Pitzer in Five

Tigers Beat Pomona-Pitzer in Five

LOS ANGELESClaire Strohm and the Occidental women's volleyball team upped their win streak to three matches with a 3-2 comeback victory over Pomona-Pitzer at Rush Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Strohm had a game-high 16 kills on .250 hitting, including the last point of the match, and Taylor Gorretta had 14 kills on .370 hitting.

Oxy first year Madelene Sellergren had the best game of her young career with nine kills, a crucial ace in the fifth set and five digs.

Oxy setters Allie Sundara and Lara Minassians each had 26 assists. Cassandra Guidice and Amanda Herold each had seven kills.

Pomona-Pitzer was led by Isabel Kelly who had 12 kills. 

It's the second time the Tigers have come from behind to win in five games this season and the second time the Tigers have beaten the Sagehens in four days. Oxy won 3-0 in the first meeting between the teams in Claremont on Oct. 6.

Season Impact: The Tigers improve to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in SCIAC play. With seven conference matches to play, Oxy sits in a tie for the fourth SCIAC Postseason Tournament spot with Chapman.

Pomona-Pitzer falls to 6-15 and 3-6. 

Game 1: Pomona-Pitzer 25, Occidental 23

After going up 8-6, the Tigers hit a wall, struggling to serve and making some unforced errors. The Sagehens capitalized, going on an 8-0 run to take control of the set. Oxy chipped away, but never led again.

Game 2: Occidental 25, Pomona-Pitzer 16

The Tigers needed an early timeout after falling behind 5-0 that snapped them out of their funk and led to a 22-7 run at one point for an easy win in the second set.

Oxy got a boost from a late-arriving, but rowdy crowd of students that returned from fall break. 

Game 3: Pomona-Pitzer 25, Occidental 17

After falling behind 11-5, Oxy rallied to get back to down 1 at 17-16 before the Sagehens rallied for eight of the next nine points for the victory.

Game 4: Occidental 25, Pomona-Pitzer 12

With a 9-8 lead, the Tigers hit a hot streak with Strohm serving. She had two aces during an 11-1 run as Oxy dominated Game 4.

Game 5: Occidental 15, Pomona-Pitzer 10

Oxy jumped out to leads of 3-0, 5-2 and 8-6, but each time the Sagehens evened the score. After they tied it at 8-8, Oxy capitalized on a service error and a ball handling error to get a two-point cushion.

With a 10-9 lead, Gorretta and Strohm had their two most important kills and then Sellegren had an ace to give Oxy a commanding lead and eventual victory.

Strohm put away the winner.

Next Match: Oxy returns to the court for a big road match at Whittier on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. The Poets are currently one of the four teams ahead of Oxy in the SCIAC standings. 

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