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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Whittier College women's volleyball team for the second time this season dropped a close decision to the No. 15 Regals of Cal Lutheran University as they fell Friday evening 25-10, 25-23, 26-24.
Whittier now drops to 11-18 on the season and 6-6 in SCIAC play, while Cal Lutheran runs their record to 24-5 and 12-1 in SCIAC.
It all comes down to the final two matches for the Poets, as they travel to take on the Leopards of the University of La Verne tomorrow evening, Saturday, October 29 beginning at 6pm and then coming back the next week to play the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology in their final home contest. In order to make SCIAC playoffs the lady Poets need to win out in their final two games.
It's attainable and the Purple and Gold have beaten these next two opponents not giving up a set. In this evening's contest Whittier came out a little flat in the first game but found their rhythm in games two and three but it wasn't enough as they fell 3-0.
Sophomore Lauren Whiteman paced the Poets as she tallied 13 kills on 18 attempts for a .722 hitting percentage.
Kylie McLogan for Cal Lutheran led all players in kills with 17, while Shannon Pearson totaled 10 kills.
In game one the Poets hit a mere .077 but improved in each game thereafter thanks to Whiteman and Alyssa Sialaris who totaled six kills on 27 attempts.
The previous time these two teams met, Whittier was on the losing end of a five setter and gave the Regals their first scare of the season. "Tonight's game was a battle and we need to play aggressively and together as a team if we are going to finish out this season on a high note leading into the SCIAC Tournament. The upperclassman need to step up and lead this team in the final two games," Coach Oliver stated.
Whittier returns to the court as they travel to take on the Leopards of the University of La Verne, Saturday, October 29 beginning at 6pm before returning home to take on the Beavers of Caltech on Tuesday, November 1.