RANCHO CUCAMONGA- The Regents kept the pre-season sweeps going when they took on the Los Osos Grizzlies earlier this evening. St. Lucy's downed Los Osos 25-18, 25-14, 26-24.
The match started in the same manner as the other pre-season matches, with the ladies of St. Lucy's Priory dictating play. Midway through the first set, the Regents led by five and stretched that lead to seven before they were through. Set two went much the same way, with the Regents jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. They took set two by 11.
However, the young and resilient Grizzlies were not quite ready to throw in the towel. Los Osos came out ferociously in the third set, and jumped out to an early lead on some tough serving by Ashley Kaylor. Then the battle began. The teams traded leads of two to three points and exhibited a very high level of play on both sides of the net. St. Lucy's Coach Douglas called a time out with his team trailing 20-21, and the Regents came back to even the score. Then freshman Loryn Clark hammered a shot down the right side to give the Regents a 22-21 lead. The teams fought back and forth and found themselves tied at 23, at which point the Grizzlies served an ace and gained the opportunity to put the set away. Lucy's leveled it at 24 with strong defense and went ahead 25-24 on a tip to zone 4 by Marissa Hageman. Arden Davis made a crucial dig on the next point, Juliet McClure pushed the set to the outside, and Roni LaPierre finished the match with a kill down the line.
The stat leaders for the night were Roni LaPierre with 15 kills and 12 digs, Marissa Hageman with 11 kills, Loryn Carter with 9 kills, Dianna Rohrer with 8 kills, Arden Davis with 14 digs, Eryn Young with 11 digs and 4 aces, and Juliet McClure with 44 assists and 2 aces.