Leopards stay on a roll with 3-0 win

The University of La Verne volleyball team reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth consecutive season with a 3-0 Senior Night triumph over visiting Pomona-Pitzer Tuesday at Frantz Athletic Court.

Scores were 25-11, 25-23 and 25-10.

The Leopards, ranked third in the latest AVCA Top 25 Poll, improved to 20-2 overall and remained unbeaten in SCIAC play at 11-0. In the process the Leos snapped Pomona-Pitzer’s five-match conference win streak as the Hens fall to 18-8 and 7-4, respectively.

La Verne established control from the start, opening a 20-10 advantage on its way to a 25-11 verdict. The Leopards hit .400 in the first set while limiting the Sagehens to a .059 percentage.

The Hens battled the Leopards throughout the second stanza, reeling off four consecutive points after a 20-16 deficit to pull even at 20-20. Down 23-22, La Verne closed the set with three straight points, culminating in a Rebecca Villanueva ace to prevail 25-23.

The Leopards regained its focus in the third frame, seizing leads 7-1 and 15-5 before a block by Crista Jones finished the match for the Leopards’ 20th win of the season. La Verne hit .406 in the third set and held the Hens to a .028 clip.

For the match, La Verne hit .280 compared to .047 for Pomona-Pitzer. Moreover, the Green and Orange tallied nine blocks and six service aces.

Before the match, the Leopards honored its seniors in outside hitter Brianna Gonzales, opposite Madison Bradley and setter Yesenia Lopez.

La Verne continues conference action Saturday as it hosts Caltech at Frantz Athletic Court in an 11:30 am start.