Strohm Surpasses 1,000 Kills

Strohm Surpasses 1,000 Kills

LOS ANGELES -- Claire Strohm surpassed 1,000 career kills and the Occidental women's volleyball team picked up a pair of 3-0 wins at Redlands on Friday and at home against Caltech on Saturday.

Oxy sweeps the season series against both schools.

Strohm had a game-high 12 kills along with four services aces and eight digs against the Bulldogs. The Tigers won both of the first two sets by double digits and then the third by three points.

"Claire has been an instrumental part of Oxy volleyball's success for the past four years," Oxy head coach Heather Collins said. "Rich Huynh and I are so proud of her for passing 1,000 kills. Not only is she a dynamic force at the net, but a strong defender, dominant server and dependable leader."

Strohm, a senior from Denver, is a two-time All-SCIAC selection. She currently ranks eighth in the conference

Taylor Gorretta and Cassandra Guidice each chipped in nine kills against Redlands, Allie Sundara had 22 assists, Amanda Herold had seven kills and 21 digs, and Sabrina Degnan had 18 digs.

Oxy made quick work of Caltech on Saturday, winning all three sets by by more than eight points. Strohm had a game-high 12 kills and 13 digs. Herold and Hannah Wagner each had six kills.

Oxy improves to 12-10 overall and 7-6 in conference with three matches left to play. The Tigers are one match back of fourth place and still in contention for the fourth SCIAC Postseason tournament spot. Oxy will likely need to win out in order to make the top four since it does not own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Whittier or Cal Lutheran, the two teams just ahead of the Tigers in the standings.

The Tigers are back in action at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Tuesday. Oxy's last remaining home game is against La Verne on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

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