CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Alverno College women's volleyball team bounced back from a sweep by Northland College to defeat Polytechnic Institute of New York University and earn a split on the opening day of the Pacific Coast Classic and the 2012 season on Friday.
After a rough 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-21) loss to Northland, in which the Inferno had more attack errors (31) than kills (30), Alverno turned it around with a 3-1 (25-12, 25-12, 21-25, 25-16) triumph over NYU-Poly as the offense connected for 45 kills and committed just 16 errors.
Reagan Owen (Salina, Kan./Central) tallied 41 assists and spread out the attack as five different Inferno players connected for at least five kills apiece.
Sophomore Cali Trepp (Iron Mountain, Mich./Niagara) led the offensive assault with 15 kills on 17 attempts. Trepp also led the Inferno defense with 10 digs for her first double-double of the season.
Rookie Emma Ortner (Tigerton, Wis.) notched 10 aces to lead the Inferno's service game, and added seven kills on 16 attempts.
In the opening match, Trepp tallied 13 kills, but the Alverno defense registered only 15 digs and a single block as the LumberJills connected on nearly 60 percent of their attack.
The Inferno faces hosts Pomona-Pitzer Colleges at 9 a.m. PT on Saturday, followed by a 1:30 p.m. match versus Whittier College to close out play at the season-opening tournament.