Orangewood Academy swept out of first round


LA VERNE - Coming off their first CIF-SS Division 5A championship against Santa Monica Academy, it seemed  Orangewood Academy would have momentum on its side going into the first round of the CIF State Tournament. But that was not the case Tuesday night.

With starting setter Charidan Jackson in the hospital with appendicitis, Orangewood Academy fell to Pomona Catholic in three sets, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-7.

“Charidan being out definitely hurt us, but Pomona Catholic is a solid team and their libero really came through for them,” Orangewood Academy coach Terry Lendeen said. “It was our first time making it this far and we wanted to go out fighting, but it just didn’t happen tonight.”

Pomona Catholic came out slow in the first set, but picked up the pace in the second and capitalized on Orangewood Academy’s errors. In the second and third set, Orangewood Academy gave Pomona Catholic 17 points on unforced errors. In the third set the Pacers scored 12 of the first 13 points and took away any chance the Spartans had of putting a rally together.

“We started out sluggish, but we started to pick it up in the second set,” Pacers coach Randy Bohlmann said. “We still need to play better defense and work on our passing.”

Emily Gingrich led the Pacers with 14 kills. Alexis Roldan added seven kills and four blocks.

Pomona Catholic went into Tuesday’s match after a CIF-SS 5AA championship loss to Alverno and wanted to make up for it.

“We didn’t play our best on Saturday and we wanted to redeem ourselves,” Bohlmann said. “I’m glad we got a second chance to come back.”

The Pacers play a second-round match Saturday against Tri-City Christian in Vista.

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