Leopards sweep Tigers to continue dominance

Romualdo Sanchez
Staff Writer

The women’s volleyball team is ecstatic as their winning streak continues after they swept Occidental, 3-0, Saturday night.  

“We have just been consistently working hard,” head coach Jeff Hendershot said. “The record just shows the hard work that the team has been putting in since this summer.” 

La Verne hosted Occidental at Frantz Athletic Court, and during their first set, the Leopards made it clear they were dominating the court. 

“We’re coming out hard and strong on the first point and we’re staying consistent throughout the whole game,” said sophomore outside and right-side hitter Mya Ray. 

It was not until eight points in by La Verne that the Tigers made their first kill due to a blocking error. The Leopards only had three hitting errors and the Tigers were not able to catch up, ending the first set, 25-9. 

Unlike the first set, the Tigers scored first in the second set and soon dominated the scoreboard, but the Leopards tied it at 12-12 and advanced the score in their favor after three straight kills and two errors along with a bad set by Occidental. With attack errors made by the Tigers, La Verne won the second set, 25-20.  

“We play at a standard,” outside and right-side hitter Lexi Giacobbe said. “We hold ourselves to high expectations.”  

By set three, the Tigers called several time outs as La Verne continued to dominate with their kills, but that was not enough for them to catch up to the Leopards. The final score in set three was 25-17. 

Some notable moments during the games were the 10 kills by graduate student middle blocker and right-side hitter Ayana Mier, who also did not have any errors. Ray followed with nine kills and Madison Smith made 14 digs.  

“I feel like we were just playing our basic consistent volleyball game,” Ray said. “We stuck to our basics and mostly showed what La Verne volleyball is all about.” 

On Tuesday, the undefeated Leopards faced a big matchup on the road against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas, who came into the match at 11-3 and with a five-game win streak.

The Leopards got swept – 27-25, 25-16, 26-24 – despite putting up a strong fight. The team is currently 14-1 overall and 5-1 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 

“I think the support that our team has been getting this season and the excitement and energizing of the program is our success this year,” Hendershot said. “It helps our team become motivated. I’m really proud of this group, they have just put in so much hard work.”

The Leopards take on the Redlands Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Frantz Athletic Court.

Romualdo Sanchez can be reached at romualdo.sanchez@laverne.edu.

Romualdo Sanchez is a junior journalism major with a concentration in broadcast journalism and a staff writer for the Campus Times.

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