THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – No. 3 Cal Lutheran clinched at least a share of its fourth straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title after defeating Redlands 3-0 Saturday night. The 25-18, 25-11, 25-22 win over the Bulldogs capped a perfect day for CLU as the Regals defeated UC Santa Cruz 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-18) earlier that afternoon. The two victories also stretched CLU’s current winning-streak to 19 games.
The Regals got off to a fast start in the first set against Redlands, getting five kills from Hayley Tamagni and four more from Monica Lundgren.
Cal Lutheran continued its hot-streak into the second set, leading by as many as 14. CLU closed out game two with kills from Allie Eason, Lundgren and Caitlin Fransen.
Hannah Orlandi led the Regals in the final set, notching five kills in the set as CLU picked up its 25th straight SCIAC regular season win dating back to last year.
Against the Bulldogs, Tamagni led CLU 10 kills and Eason was second with seven.
Jackie Russell had 24 assists while teammate Jena Chavez contributed 16.
Defensively, Kennedy Peters led the Regals with 10 digs.
Earlier in the day, Cal Lutheran trailed late in the first set before rallying and defeating UC Santa Cruz. Trailing 23-20, Kylie McLogan got CLU back on serve after a big kill. Tamagni came up with a crucial service ace on the next point and Cal Lutheran closed out the first set on a kill from Rohach and a block from Eason.
Eason, Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira and Lauren Rohach all led CLU with seven kills while Tamagni chipped in five. Cal Lutheran’s two setters combined for 28 assists with Russell dishing out 19 and Chavez handing out nine.
McLogan led the Regals on defense with 16 digs and Nicki Tetherow was second with 11. Cal Lutheran also had a season-high 18 blocks with seven coming from both Rohach and Tamagni.
Cal Lutheran (25-1, 13-0 SCIAC) can win the SCIAC outright next Tuesday, Oct. 29, when it travels to Orange, Calif. to take on second-place Chapman. The match is set to get underway at 7:30pm.