THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Cal Lutheran will be heading to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals following a 3-1 victory against Colorado College in the regional final on Sunday afternoon.
The Regals trailed 16-7 in the first set with the Tigers collecting three aces in the process. Once Cal Lutheran got its serve receive on track it allowed for the offense to operate effectively to mount a sizeable comeback.
Colorado College held on to win the first set 28-26 but Cal Lutheran had made its mark and continued to hit effectively over the remainder of the match.
The CLU offense felt little resistance against the Tigers defense throughout the match. The Regals hit .327 overall including a .419 clip during a 25-13 second-set victory.
Defensively the Regals collected 13.5 team blocks with nine coming in the final two sets. Jackie Russell and Shannon Pearson combined for the final stuff returning Cal Lutheran to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006.
Kylie McLogan led all players with 20 kills and completed her double-double with 11 digs. She was named the Cal Lutheran Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Setter Jackie Russell dished out 49 assists in the win and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
CC’s Sarah Schmoker led her team with 18 kills and three aces in the loss. Teammate and setter Amy Schornack was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Occidental’s Logan Boyer-Hayse and Madyson Cassidy, Whitworth’s Kaimi Rocha, and Southwestern’s Rachel Thibodeau round out the All-Tournament Team selections.