Tonight marked the rubber match in the season series between La Sierra University and Hope International University. The Royals took the first match of the season in the season-opening tournament hosted by La Sierra, but the Golden Eagles came back to take the second meeting just a few weeks later. Needless to say both teams entered tonight's match with enormous focus and energy, looking to take the season series. But the Golden Eagles would secure victory in four games, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16, 26-28.
La Sierra won two of the four games handily the other two games were back-and-forth affairs. But they used a complete team effort and would not be denied with their backs against the wall and Hope International looking to push the match to a fifth game, the Golden Eagles clawed their way to victory.
The Golden Eagles used timely offense and unrelenting defense in this win. Outside hitter Siao Malepeai led the team with 15 total kills and 12 digs and four aces. Lina Semaia finished with 12 kills and Lupe Garcia added 10 kills and 15 digs. Johanna Tope led the team with 18 digs.
The Golden Eagles will host San Diego Christian College this coming Saturday night. They defeated San Diego Christian, 3-1, in their first meeting of the season back in August. Saturday night's match will begin at 7:30pm.