Volleyball ‘Pulverizes’ Regals and Athenas

by Rosie Sinapi
Sports Editor

With the ULV volleyball team’s continued rollercoaster season three matches from its end, the Leos are coming on strong, winning two of three last week.

“We liked to finish off and play well,” said Head Coach Jim Paschal. “We have a chance to win two of three. It depends how we play.”

La Verne will be facing Redlands tonight, Chapman on Tuesday and Whittier on Thursday.

Tuesday, La Verne faced the Claremont Athenas coming out victorious despite losing the first game, 15-5.

Giving La Verne a hard time was Athena Caroline Vlasis. She teamed up with fellow Athena Dianna Turner on several blocks stopping La Verne’s usual powerful frontline.

The Leopards made a quick turn around in the next game. Freshman Michelle Runyan successfully blocked the prolific Athenas in the beginning of the second game. La Verne then began their attack on the Athenas. At the end of the second game, the Leos were the victors due in part to a sloppy second game by Claremont. The Leos won 15-13.

In the third game, the Leos continued their assault. Juniors Margaret and Michelle Pulver provided several essential kills, topping CMS again 15-10.

Scoring first in the fourth, the Leos did not give Claremont anytime to rebut. Margaret Pulver spent half of the game serving. Senior Talin Baharian provided for three kills during Pulver’s eight point spread. The Athenas attempted a comeback late in the game, but La Verne pulled out the win, 15-7.

“Our middle blockers have been playing well. It makes our defense much better,” said Paschal.

Another win would have been nice for the Leos last Saturday when they faced SCIAC’s top team, Cal Lutheran, but La Verne could not produce.

The Leopards were coming off of a win after defeating another strong SCIAC team, Pomona-Pitzer, 15-11, 15-10 and 15-13.

Margaret Pulver who had 62 attempted kills the night before had trouble producing at the start. Although she ended the night with 12 kills, she could not stop their rollercoaster down slide. Early in the game Regal Darcy White came up with three kills on the games first three serves. The Leos tied the game 5-5, but Cal Lu gained the upper hand when Crissy Little served for five points, three off of aces and two off of La Verne errors. The five points won the first game for Cal Lu, 15-7.

La Verne came out with a bang in the second game, immediately scoring on Michelle Pulver’s serve which was combined with junior Kim Caravalho’s set and Baharian’s kill. For the first half of the game, the Leopards kept pace with the Regals, but as seen in the first game, the Leos lost their edge late in the game. Fighting hard at game point, they gave Cal Lu the winning edge with a net violation and lost the game, 15-7.

Paschal kept the same starting line-up throughout the games, but by the third, fatigue was beginning to show on the usually hard-hitting Leos. Caravalho and Michelle Pulver teamed up for several blocks, providing the much needed coverage for Cal Lu’s strong spikers. The Leopards played hard until the end, giving a good rally at the Regals’ game point, but fell quickly losing 15-4.

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