Alumni Claire Strohm Leading the Way!

CLAREMONT — The Occidental women’s volleyball team went 3-1 at the Pacific Coast Classic on Friday and Saturday in its first weekend of competition this season.

Oxy swept Cabrini, Northland and George Fox in straight sets with its only loss to Minnesota.-Morris.

Hannah Wagner and Claire Strohm led Oxy from the outside with a combined 81 kills in the four matches. Amanda Herold chipped in 36 kills and Tiareh Cruz averaged more than nine assists per set.

The Tigers head to Colorado College for a four-match tournament next weekend before beginning SCIAC play at Redlands on Sept. 16.

Match 1: Occidental 3, Cabrini 0

Claire Strohm put away 14 kills on an incredible .700 hitting as the Occidental women’s volleyball team swept Cabrini in its season opener, 25-17, 25-15, 25-18.

Strohm, an All-SCIAC selection last year, had no errors on 20 attempts.

Hannah Wagner, a sophomore NCAA Division I transfer from Lehigh University, chipped in 10 kills and returning starter Amanda Herold added nine.

Oxy hit .405 as a group.

Tre’Shunda James led the Tigers with 10 digs and Tiareh Cruz dished out 28 assists.

Match 2: Occidental 3, Northland 0

Wagner led the way with nine kills and Strohm added eight kills, 12 digs and four aces as the Tigers pushed Northland off the net and out of their system for an easy win, 25-18, 25-13, 25-8.

Oxy’s serving game was on point with 11 aces as a group. James had four, and Cruz, Herold, Madison Mitchell had one.

Cruz had 21 assists.

Match 3: Minnesota-Morris 3, Occidental 1

Wagner had a team-high 16 kills and Herold put down 13 on .440 hitting and had 23 digs.

But after tying the match 1-1, Oxy lost competitive sets in the third and fourth, falling to Minnesota-Morris, 25-16, 17-25, 25-22, 25-23.

Strohm chipped in eight kills and four aces, and Cruz had 39 assists.

Strohm, Wagner and Sabrina Degan all had 17 digs.

Match 4: Occidental 3, George Fox 0

Strohm led with 10 kills, Cruz was aggressive on the attack with six kills and Cassandra Guidice put away eight kills as Oxy finished the tournament with a relatively comfortable win, 25-14, 25-23, 26-24.

Wagner had six kills and five of Oxy’s 11 aces.

The second and third sets were much more competitive than the first, but Oxy only trailed briefly early in the second.

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