Regals Advance to SCIAC Finals with Sixth Straight Sweep

Postgame Interview

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - An eight kill, three block effort by Regals outside hitter Kylie McLogan helped No. 15 Cal Lutheran earn a spot in Saturday's SCIAC Post-Season Tournament Final with its 25-15, 25-10, 25-23 win Thursday night against Whittier.

Box Score: CLU 3, WC 0 - F

In addition to McLogan, middle blocker Shannon Pearson and outside hitter Rachel Smith also finished with a team-high eight kills each.

With their 3-0 victory over Whittier, the team's second in the last week after defeating the Poets by an identical score on Oct. 28, the Regals have now earned three-set sweeps against their last six opponents.

Recording three of her eight kills in the opening set, McLogan helped turn Whittier's three-point lead into a one-point CLU advantage.

A combination of Whittier attack errors and back-to-back service aces by CLU setter Jackie Russell helped the Regals build their lead to a 22-15 margin, forcing Whittier head coach Ali Oliver to call a timeout in an effort to help her team regroup.

Once both teams returned to the court, Cal Lutheran soon took a 1-0 lead as the Regals forced Whittier to commit consecutive attack errors to bring a quick end to the set.

Hitting .080 in the first set, Whittier finished with an even lower percentage in the following set, as the Poets were able to record only seven kills against six attack errors to finish with a .037 mark.

Committing only two attack errors of its own throughout the second set, two Cal Lutheran runs helped the Regals take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Poets.

Winning six straight points to turn a 6-6 tie into a 12-6 lead, Cal Lutheran ended the set in a similar manner as the final seven points were all earned by the Regals during Russell's serve.

Unlike the first two sets when Cal Lutheran was able to build an early and sizable lead, the Regals had to wait until the latter moments of the third set before pulling away from the Poets.

Recording the last of her three solo blocks to give CLU its first match point opportunity leading 24-22, McLogan's final kill of the night helped the Regals officially earn their spot in this weekend's SCIAC final, and extend the team's win streak against Whittier to 17 matches.

In the other semifinal match, No. 2 Occidental defeated No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-0 to claim its spot in the SCIAC finals.

As the tournament's top-seeded team, No. 15 Cal Lutheran (25-5) will now have an opportunity to successfully defend its SCIAC Tournament championship against Occidental (20-8) in Saturday's 6 p.m. final at Gilbert Arena.

With each team defeating the other at home by matching 3-1, the winner of Saturday's rubber match between Cal Lutheran and Occidental will earn an automatic bid to this year's NCAA tournament.