The top-seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women's volleyball team secured a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-14) victory over second-seeded California Lutheran to capture its second straight conference tournament title Saturday evening in Claremont, Calif.
With the win, CMS improves to 26-3 overall and earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Cal Lutheran (18-11) will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show will take place on Monday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m. CMS has won back-to-back SCIAC Postseason Tournament championships and will now look to defend its national title.
Phoebe Madsen, the tournament Most Valuable Player, led CMS with 10 kills (.476 hitting percentage), 16 assists, three service aces, and nine digs in the winning effort, while Amanda Walker followed with nine kills, and five total blocks. Jessica Lee added 13 assists and 11 digs, while Sarah Tritschler led all players with 20 digs. Regan Dinovitz was stellar at the net with seven total blocks.
Taylor Johnson led Cal Lutheran with 11 kills, while Amanda Roberts added nine kills. Jennifer Kent dished out 26 helpers and logged 17 digs in the losing effort, while Carly Rose Howard chipped in 16 digs for the Regals. Maci Haddad notched four total blocks.
After CMS went ahead in the match, 1-0 following a closely contested first set, Cal Lutheran built a 21-15 lead, but the Athenas rallied to even the frame at 23-23 and then used back-to-back assisted blocks by Dinovitz and Walker to seal the 25-23 win and give CMS a 2-0 lead in the contest. The third stanza saw CMS open up a 12-6 lead and from there, the Athenas didn't look back.