Despite key kills from Rohach and McLogan, Regals fall in three sets
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- No. 10 Cal Lutheran went toe-to-toe with No. 16 Westmont Tuesday night before falling 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-11) for its first loss of the season.
In the first set, Cal Lutheran fell behind 3-0 before battling back and winning four consecutive points to take the lead. The Regals later led 11-10 after a Warrior attack error but it would be the last lead of the set as Westmont went a 7-2 run break it open.
CLU made one final run after Lauren Rohach and Kylie McLogan got kills in between two more Warrior attack errors to get the Regals within one at 18-17 but Westmont was able to pull away with two kills from Madison Serrano and take the set at 25-20.
The Regals went punch for punch against the highly-ranked NAIA power in the second set. After withstanding a 4-0 run for the Warriors, Cal Lutheran got to within one at 8-7 thanks to two more kills from McLogan and Rohach and three Warrior ball-handling errors. As the set progressed, CLU got crucial kills from Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira, Hannah Orlandi and Hayley Tamagni that ultimately pulled the Regals even at 20-20. Westmont would pull ahead at 22-20 after two kills from Serrano. Unfazed, Tamagni countered with a kill and then setter Jackie Russell pulled CLU to within one at 23-22 after a tip kill.
Unfortunately for the Regals, Westmont was able to close out the second set with a kill from Marie Trudelle and a CLU attacking error.
Westmont carried the momentum from the dramatic second set win into the third, coasting to a 25-11 victory and improved to 12-0 on the year.