Poets swept at Trinity Tournament

Poets swept at Trinity Tournament

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Whittier College volleyball team faced tough competition over the weekend during the Trinity Tournament dropping all four games to Trinity (3-0), Pacific Lutheran (3-1), Whitworth (3-0), and Southwestern (3-0).

With the sweep Whittier drops to 2-7 as they return home to open up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play on the road Tuesday, September 13 against the No. 1 ranked team in the country Cal Lutheran University.

Game 1 (Trinity; L, 25-9, 25-18, 25-15)

Whittier took on host Trinity in the first contest of the tournament hitting a mere -.060.  Rebecca Slattery (Los Altos, Calif.) finished with a team high five kills, while Jazmyn Sudbrook-Johnson (Fremont, Calif.) and Olive Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) registered four a piece.

Clarissa Standafer (Alta Loma, Calif.) was one off of double digits in the digs category, while Hannah Joyce (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished with eight assists.

After a tough first set, Whittier was able to come back strong in the second going in front early 9-6 following kills from Alaina Rhee (Kent, WA) and Sudbrook-Johnson but Trinity would storm back to win nine of the next ten points eventually winning the frame and the match. 

Game 2 (Pacific Lutheran; L, 25-13, 19-25, 25-12, 25-18)

The Purple & Gold had another strong opponent in Pacific Lutheran in their second match-up evening the match at one a piece but couldn't rally late as the Knights would go on to hand WC their second loss on the day.

Whittier again struggled attacking hitting .054 led by Slattery who totaled nine kills.  She was joined by Sudbrook-Johnson with eight.  Joyce and Camryn Purdom split the setting duties finishing with 14 and 10, each respectively.

Standafer had 13 digs, with Anagu totaling 11, while Valerie van der Linden (Rocklin, Calif.) registered four block assists.       

Game 3 (Whitworth; L, 26-24, 25-21, 25-14)

On the second day of the tournament, Whittier was stacked up against NWC Powerhouse Whitworth.  The Purple & Gold fought though and gave them all they could handle forcing them to pull off each set late. 

The Poets barely missed out on pulling off the first set falling 26-24 after hitting .235 as a team.  Whittier trailed throughout but managed to come back late with four unanswered, capitalizing on two key Pirate errors that leveled the set at 22-22.  Slattery deadlocked the set again at 23-23 but Brenna Bruil and Corinne Bell would secure the first set with back to back kills for Whitworth. 

Following the first set, Whittier couldn't get the momentum back as the Pirates would take the next two frames. 

Slattery registered double digits with 12 kills on 27 attempts hitting .370.  Sudbrook-Johnson had six, while Anagu totaled five and Jasmine Tong (Fullerton, Calif.) led the team with 14 assists and 10 digs. 

Game 4 (Southwestern; L, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19)

Whittier wrapped up the tournament against Southwestern (TX) but again found themselves battling in each set only to come away with another loss.  They saw Slattery post 14 kills and three block assists.  Anagu had six kills with nine digs, while hitting .250 and Sudbrook-Johnson finished with four kills.

Alexis Mills (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) finished with four kills as well that went with three block assists and Tong totaled a team high 19 assists. 

Standafer led the backrow with 12 digs.