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LA VERNE, Calif. – The Whittier College Volleyball team couldn't follow up their upset win over No. 14 University of La Verne Friday as they fell in four sets to the University of Scranton during the La Verne Invitational.
The Purple & Gold managed to take the first set 27-25 but couldn't complete the victory as the Royals would come back to sweep the next three sets 25-16, 25-22, 25-23.
It was a tough day hitting for WC as they combined for a .082. Ashley Whittall (Norwalk, Calif.) and Makenzie Thieme (Corona, Calif.) were the two Poets in double figures at 16 and 15 kills each. Whittall also had 15 digs, while Thieme registered 10. Camryn Purdom (Moreno Valley, Calif.) led the point with 21 assists and 16 digs and Clarissa Standafer (Alta Loma, Calif.) led the back row with 24 digs.
Whittier used an early 5-0 lead before extending it to 11-4 in the first set. An ensuing 8-3 run by the Royals would pull them within two and they would remain close the rest of the way. They fought back to tie things up at 24-24 and then received a set point immediately afterwards but they couldn't convert as a kill from Whittall and a service ace from Hannah Joyce (Newport Beach, Calif.) would secure the first set.
Scranton took a quick lead in the second at 5-1 but kills from Purdom, Thieme and Alexis Mills (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) would deadlock the frame. It remained close after that but then the Royals would pull away midway through adding a 10-1 run that put them on top 18-12. Whittier tried to come back capitalizing on a couple errors by Scranton but it wouldn't be enough as the Royals would win six of the final eight points to deadlock the match.
In the third the Poets managed to hold a 19-16 lead but again Scranton wound up rallying with six of the next seven points to go back on top at 23-20. Whittall stopped the run with a kill to pull WC within two and would connect soon after to keep the Poets in it but Kate Calabro and Kristin Kirwan would add two of their own for the Royals that kept the momentum with the visitors.
The Poets again found themselves on top in the fourth set this time at 21-19 and were looking to force a fifth. But three straight by the Royals swung the momentum putting them on top at 22-21. Thieme connected right afterwards that deadlocked the game but an attacking error by Whittall and two kills from Calabro and Kirwan would secure the win.
Whittier wraps up the invite tomorrow, Saturday, October 7 as they take on Austin College (3:00pm) and UC Santa Cruz (5:30pm).