Women's Volleyball: Sagehens Lose Two Contests At UT Dallas Invite

Women's Volleyball: Sagehens Lose Two Contests At UT Dallas Invite

RICHARDSON, TX. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team dropped two matches at the University of Texas – Dallas Invitational, losing to Hardin-Simmons 3-0 and Southwestern 3-1.

Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 4-2 overall this season.

Hardin-Simmons 3, Pomona-Pitzer 0 (25-18, 25-21, 26-24)

The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens dropped the first contest at the UT Dallas Invite against Hardin-Simmons University. Adrienne Tong delivered 27 assists while Naomi Chen-Mallouk, Isabel Kelly, and Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong co-led with six kills each. The Sagehens defended well above the net, recording 13 total assisted blocks (four by Addo-Ashong), but the Cowgirls won the attack and receiving battle, posting a .212 kill percentage and 42 total digs.

The Cowgirls controlled the opening set, winning 25-18, but the Sagehens managed to keep it close in the second before falling 25-21. The two sides went to extra points in the final set, but the Cowgirls prevailed 26-24.

Southwestern (Tx.) 3, Pomona-Pitzer 1 (25-16, 25-20, 15-25, 25-20)

The Sagehens looked to have rediscovered their form, albeit too late, as they dropped their second contest of the day to Southwestern. Lauren Asato covered the floor with a team-high 21 digs while Isabel Kelly and Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong co-led with 11 kills. Adrienne Tong finished the match with 24 assists and two service aces.

After dropping the first and second set, the Sagehens bounced back to form with improved defense in the third set, predicting the opposing hitters and making cleaner passes after receiving. The Sagehens compiled 16 kills in the set with a .343 kill percentage and limiting the Pirates to .070. After winning the third set 25-15, the Sagehens tried to complete the comeback in a close fourth set, but the Pirates closed out the match 25-20.

Up Next: The Sagehens will face Trinity (Tx.) tomorrow morning in the final day of the UT Dallas Invite at 8:00 a.m. PST.