Seniors lead Oxy to playoffs

Seniors lead Oxy to playoffs
By Sean Lee
Sports Information


LOS ANGELES – Logan Boyer-Hayse (Boulder, Colo.) notched a match-high 17 kills in the final home game of her career and the Occidental College volleyball team sent out its seniors in style, cruising to a 25-7, 25-18, 25-9 victory against Redlands on Saturday at Rush Gymnasium.

With the win and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' (17-10, 9-7 SCIAC) loss at La Verne, Oxy (19-9, 9-7 SCIAC) clinched the fourth and final SCIAC Postseason Tournament spot. Oxy and CMS split their season series, with each team winning in four sets, so the tiebreaker came down to total points scored in all the sets the teams played against each other. Oxy led 184-176.

Oxy hit .407 as a team with only eight attacking errors and contained Redlands' attack, tallying 43 digs and four team blocks. Redlands hit -.038.

Seniors; Boyer-Hayse, Emily Repsher (Sacramento), and Kasey Rose (Los Olivos) received huge ovations before the match and delivered one last time for the home crowd.

Boyer-Hayse had another all-around performance, posting eight digs, a service ace, and a block to go along with her 17 kills. Repsher started the match, registered an ace, and had seven digs. Rose recorded seven kills with no errors on 15 attempts and played good defense, adding eight digs.

The only time when the match was close was in the second set when Sam Dodson's kill tied the set at 10. However, Oxy immediately ripped off a 15-8 run, during which Boyer-Hayse, Rose, Dana Michels (Kirkland, Wash.), and Alyssa Mort (Tucson, Ariz.) combined for 11 kills to finish and win the set.

Stephanie Gann (Tacoma, Wash.) tallied nine kills, two aces, and a block for the Tigers. Jessie Altman (La Jolla) handed out 31 assists.

Oxy will face Cal Lutheran in the semifinals of the SCIAC playoffs. The Tigers lost both games of the season series against Cal Lu, but won the first set in each of the two games and stayed competitive in second sets, only to lose momentum in the second half of the matches. The Tigers will look to reverse the trend when they travel to Thousand Oaks on Thursday to face the Regals at 7:30 p.m.