THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Competing in its final matches prior to the start of conference action, No. 14 Cal Lutheran defeated Chapman 3-1 before falling to No. 4 Emory by an identical score in Saturday's home doubleheader.
Box Score: CLU 3, CU 1 - F
Box Score: EU 3, CLU 1 - F
No. 14 Cal Lutheran 3, Chapman 1 - F
Entering Saturday morning's match with 2,695 career assists, junior setter Jackie Russell needed just 13 more to surpass Liz Martinez (1994-96) and set a new program record.
Russell quickly earned those 13, and proceeded to add to her collection to help the Regals defeat Chapman 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 26-24.
Finishing the first match of the day with 42 assists, Russell would end the day with an additional 46 assists earned in the back-half of CLU's doubleheader to finish her first day as a Regals record holder with 2,783 career assists.
Kylie McLogan, Casy McWhirk, and Rachel Smith all finished with a double-double consisting of 18 kills/21 digs, 10 kills/13 digs, and 14 kills/12 digs respectively against Chapman to help the Regals extend their win streak against the Panthers to seven matches.
No. 4 Emory 3, No. 14 Cal Lutheran 1 - F
The final match of the weekend did not fail to excite those in attendance as Cal Lutheran looked to earn a sweep of the day's activities against an Emory squad that was responsible for ending the Regals' 2010 playoff run at the NCAA Regionals.
Unlike last season's encounter that took place on the Eagles' home floor, Saturday's rematch took place on the Regals' home court - an advantage that would help energize Cal Lutheran after Emory jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.
Down 21-23, the Regals valiantly fough back to even the score in the third set at 23-23 forcing Emory to take a time-out in an effort to regain its composure.
With a slim one-point lead bouncing back and forth from one bench to the other from that point on, it was CLU that was ultimately able to win the third by a score of 31-29 thanks to Russell's fourth kill of the match, and the efforts of a couple of key contributors off the Regals' bench.
"I was down to my final substitutions and decided to put Lauren Rohach and Hannah Swaney on the floor," said Regals head coach Kellee Roesel. "Those are two athletes who stepped up when we needed them to."
Two of Rohach's four kills were earned during the latter moments of that CLU third, a set that saw the Regals neutralize four Emory match-point opportunities.
Of the four teams faced, Cal Lutheran was the only one to win a set against the Eagles throughout their time in Thousand Oaks.
Emory would respond in the following set, preserving a lead generated during the initial points of the fourth to defeat Cal Lutheran 25-20, 25-22, 29-31, 25-20.
Kylie McLogan led the Regals with 15 kills earned from a season-high 58 attempts, Smith finished with 13 kills and 15 digs to record her second double-double of the day.
Cal Lutheran will begin its SCIAC schedule at home, this Tuesday, against Occidental in a match scheduled for 7:30 p.m.