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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Volleyball team fell in three sets Friday evening to No. 7 Cal Lutheran University 25-22, 25-14, 25-19.
The Poets jumped out to a 3-1 lead with kills from Alexis Mills (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Clarissa Standafer (Alta Loma, Calif.). It was a back and forth game with Whittier maintaining a slight lead at 13-10. CLU fought back to tie things up at 13-13 and would then use a 4-0 run to go in front 18-16 soon after. Back to back kills from Aubrey Caires (Garnderville, NV) would knot things up at 18-18. The Regals would win four of the next five points to take the lead back but again the Poets would answer with Casie Lowden (Glendora, Calif.) picking up a service ace and Olive Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) connecting on a kill that evened the set up at 23-23. But those would be the final points won by Whittier as CLU would grab the final two on a kill from Sarah Pappas and an attacking error.
In the second set the Poets got out to another early 11-9 lead, but Sarah Pappas had three kills that sparked an 11-1 run by Cal Lutheran who coasted to the 25-14 victory. Cal Lutheran finished the set hitting .462 while Whittier hit .091.
In the final frame the Poets' hitting struggles continued as they hit .023. Whittier again led early but couldn't hold it as CLU would rattle off five straight to go in front 15-11. The Purple & Gold responded however with a 5-1 run with kills from Anagu that tied things up at 16-16 but the Regals would thwart the comeback with four unanswered before closing out the match with a 5-2 run.
Rebecca Slattery (Los Altos, Calif.) led the Poets with 11 kills. She was the lone Poet with double figures. Anagu finished with eight. Katie Engle (Whittier, Calif.) registered 16 digs and Camryn Purdom (Moreno Valley, Calif.) had 20 assists and nine digs.
Whittier returns to action this afternoon, as they travel to take on Pomona-Pitzer in a big SCIAC showdown beginning at 2:00pm.