LOS ANGELES — Brittany Yaxley had a match-high 16 kills, Tiffany Mancuso dished out 25 assists and the University La Verne volleyball team made a quick work of Occidental, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18, on Friday night at Rush Gymnasium.
The Leopards improve to 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the SCIAC. Occidental falls to 2-5 and 1-2.
La Verne did not show any signs of a hangover after upsetting No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Tuesday and put on an offensive clinic. Yaxley hit a sizzling .406 and recorded a team-high 11 digs. Kelsi Robinson had nine kills without committing an error on 12 attempts (.750) and Destinee Sales pitched in eight kills. La Verne hit .360 as a team and committed just 11 attacking errors.
The Leopards were also mobile on defense and strong at the net, closing down most of the Tigers' attacking lanes. Robinson swatted eight blocks and the Leopards notched 11 total blocks as a team. Oxy only managed to hit .068 on the night.
La Verne came out of the gates firing, hitting .375 while holding the Tigers to .083 in the first set. Oxy hung with La Verne early but the Leopards used a 5-0 run keyed by two Sales kill to get out to a 16-11 lead and grab control of the set. La Verne held top Oxy hitters Amanda Herold and Claire Strohm to just .000 hitting in the set.
The second set wasn't close as La Verne ripped off 11 straight points after conceding the first two points of the set and never looked back. Ashlyn Cross had a kill and an ace and Yaxley put away two kills during the stretch.
The third set started out more evenly as the Tigers grabbed an 11-9 lead, but the Leopards went on a 7-1 run helped by five errors by Oxy to take a 16-12 lead and never relinquished the advantage.
The Leopards return to action tomorrow at home against Chapman. First serve is at 6 p.m.