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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's volleyball team competed in a doubleheader as they took on the Panthers of Chapman University and then traveled to Pasadena, Calif. to take on the Beavers from the California Institute of Technology.
Game 1 (Chapman – Lost 25-17, 25-18, 25-22)
The Whittier College women's volleyball team for the third time this season took on Chapman University and for the third time this season they have narrowly lost as every match goes down to the final points.
In game one, Chapman jumped out to a small 2-0 lead but the Poets battled back to get within one and throughout the game both teams swapped points. But Chapman managed to stay out in front and Whittier would get within three at 13-10 but that's as close as they would get as Chapman won game one 25-17.
In game two, the Poets went on a run of their own as they rattled off five straight points to take an early lead 5-1 thanks to great serving by Lindsey Kish who tallied four service aces and eight digs for the match. The Panthers began chipping away at the Poet lead but sophomore outside hitter Alayna Rigo tried to keep them at bay as she tallied 12 kills to go along with seven digs and two block assists for the match. But that wouldn't be enough as Chapman took a late lead at 10-7 and they wouldn't look back as they worked their way to a 25-18 win.
In game three junior transfer Alyssa Sialaris began taking over and getting pumped up and you could tell by the grit and determination she showed every time she hit. She finished with 11 kills and one dig for the match. But even with her fight, the Poets were unable to get back into the match as Kate Ferrin tallied 18 kills to go along with three blocks for the Panthers. The combination of her and setter Corinne Ostrovsky who had a match high 36 assists gave the Poets all they could handle as they went on to win 25-22 in game three.
Game 2 (Caltech- Won 25-19, 25-8, 25-8)
Coming off of their earlier loss to Chapman University, Whittier rebounded to beat the Beavers of Caltech in convincing fashion. The Purple and Gold were able to play a lot of players to get them more experience on the court and it paid dividends. It was an overall team effort and it was paced by sophomore outside hitter Lauren Whiteman who finished with a game high 10 kills.
Kish was right behind her as she finished with seven kills, four service aces and a .600 hitting percentage.
Adriana Moore led the Poets in the back row as she yet again totaled 13 digs.
With the win, the Poets now run their record to 4-12, 2-3 SCIAC and look to upset a Cal Lutheran squad seeking their seventh win in a row on Tuesday, October 4 beginning at 7:30pm in the Graham Athletic Center.