Leopards Notch Road Triumph Over Tigers

Leopards Notch Road Triumph Over Tigers


Despite dropping the opening set against Occidental, the University of La Verne would rally to take the next three frames on its way to a 3-1 road triumph over the Tigers in SCIAC volleyball action Saturday at Rush Gymnasium in Eagle Rock.

The Leopards topped the Tigers by scores of 25-27, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17 to extend their win streak to five matches.

In the first set, La Verne led 22-19 only to watch the Tigers reel off three consecutive points for a 22-22 tie.  La Verne had a pair of set points, but Oxy fought back and eventually grabbed a 26-25 advantage.  Logan Boyer-Hayse would post a kill to provide the Tigers with the set win at 27-25.

La Verne bounced back to hit .341 in the second frame en route to recording a 25-20 verdict to notch the contest at a set apiece.  Trailing 7-5, the Leos took command with a 6-0 run to go up 11-7 lead.  The Tigers closed to within a point on three occassions, the last coming at 22-21.  The Leopards however would take the next three points - the final two earned on kills from Brittany Yaxley and Catie Logan - to prevail 25-21.

The Leos came back from a late deficit in the third frame to take a 2-1 lead.  Down 23-19, La Verne rallied on the strength of kills from Randi Taylor-Toomay, Kayla Cribbs along with a pair of Oxy attack errors to win 25-23.

In the fourth set, the Leopards closed strong on offense by hitting .353.  Down 7-5, La Verne grabbed the lead with four straight points to go up 9-7.  Leading 16-14, the Leos added yet another 4-0 spurt culminating with consecutive kills from Catie Logan and Kendall Kraiss to seize a 20-14 advantage.  Leading 24-17, Taylor-Toomay concluded the match with a service ace to provide the final margin.

Taylor-Toomay posted a team-high 18 kills while Cribbs hit .464 en route to a 14-kill performance.  Kraiss dished out a match-high 41 assists.

Boyer-Hayse led Oxy with a match-high 20 kills.

In defeating the Tigers, the Leopards earned their second win this week over a 2011 NCAA Postseason entrant.  La Verne topped Chapman in five sets on Tuesday night.

La Verne improves to 13-2 overall and 6-1 in league play while Occidental dropped to 10-4 and 3-3 prior to its home match against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps later in the day.

The Leopards resume action Tuesday night on the road as they face Whittier College in a 7:30 pm start.

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