La Verne Takes Down Redlands to Advance
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.