Nov. 14, 2009

In yet another epic contest between the University of La Verne and the University of Redlands, the Leopards outlasted the Bulldogs in five sets by scores of25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 23-25, 15-12 to advance to Saturday's NCAA West Region Championship.

The Leopards won the first two sets only to watch Redlands storm back to claim sets three and four to set up a decisive fifth frame. There, the Leos trailed 12-10 but reeled off the last five points to earn victory.

La Verne (23-13) will face Colorado College (34-4) in Saturday's championship match at Currier Gym in Redlands. The Tigers outlasted California Lutheran 3-2 in the Friday's first semifinal matchup.

The victory avenges La Verne's five-set defeat to the Bulldogs six nights earlier in the SCIAC Postseason Final.

Crista Jones paced the Leopards with a match-high 29 kills while hitting .338 on the night. Anna Calmer collected 14 kills while Randi Toomay and Catie Logan each totaled 8 kills.

Jackie Hamilton posted 24 kills in the loss for the Bulldogs. Lauren Harding collected a match-high 40 digs. Redlands ends its season at 23-6.

With the win the Leos advance to their seventh West Region final in 10 seasons.

Match time for Saturday's championship match is scheduled for 7 pm.