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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Volleyball team made quick work of the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology in straight sets Tuesday evening winning 25-9, 25-11, 25-19.
With the win, the Poets snapped a three game losing skid and move to 8-15, 4-8 SCIAC, while Caltech drops to 2-17, 0-12 SCIAC.
18 players saw playing time on the evening led by Rebecca Slattery (Los Altos, Calif.) who tallied 16 kills on 40 attempts for a .300 hitting percentage. She also had four block assists. Casie Lowden (Glendora, Calif.) was the only other Poet in double figures finishing with 10 but also registered a career high 22 digs in the process.
Caltech kept it tight in the first set staying within a few points up until the 13-9 mark. That's when the Purple & Gold put together a run of 12 unanswered, their longest streak of the season to go in front 1-0.
They continued to roll in the second jumping in front 9-1 and then stretching it to 18-5 before putting away CIT with a kill from Olive Anagu (Culver City, Calif.).
An 8-0 run in the third would get Head Coach Chris Duarte McDermott to begin adding substitutions. WC led 11-3 at one point but it would soon be erased as the Beavers would put together a 7-2 run of their own to pull within two at 17-15.
A kill from freshman Camryn Purdom (Moreno Valley, Calif.) would stop the run and Jazmyn Sudbrook-Johnson (Fremont, Calif.) would add a kill herself that turned the momentum back in Whittier's favor. The Poets would then complete the sweep adding their own 5-2 run that finished off the Beavers.
Purdom led in the assists category with 24 and also had 15 digs, while Katie Engle (Whittier, Calif.) finished with 21 digs in the backrow.
Whittier returns to the court still with an opportunity to clinch a spot in the SCIAC Post Season Tournament as they travel to take on Redlands this Saturday, October 22 beginning at 3:00pm.