LOS ANGELES — Madelene Sellergren recorded a match-best 14 kills on .211 hitting.
But the Tigers couldn't get over the hump in a handful of competitive sets, falling 25-20, 25-16, 25-22.
Oxy was most competitive in the third set and nearly stole a game.
Katelyn Popoff led the Poets with 13 kills, many of them powerful shots to the floor. Marissa Montoya also had eight kills.
Season Impact: The Tigers fall to 2-12 on the season and 0-3 in SCIAC.
Whittier improves to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in SCIAC.
Next Match: Oxy is back in action at Chapman on Friday night at 7 p.m.