Costa Mesa, Calif. - One day after dropping their first two matches of the tournament to #4 Biola and #19 Vanguard, the Golden Eagles were looking to salvage the final match of the tournament, before diving back into conference play. But the Golden Eagles (6-4, 1-0) were unable to find their rhythm, eventually falling 25-14, 25-20, 27-25.
In the third set, La Sierra had a set point to extend the match but were unable to secure the set clinching point.
Outside hitters Robyn Miller and Lina Semaia each had 11 kills in the match. Colleen Stafford finished with 27 assists, while Lupe Garcia led the team with eight digs and four service aces.
The Golden Eagles did lead both teams by collecting 10 block assists in the match and seven service aces.
The Cougars did however jump out to a strong start in the first set, converting 15 kills on 23 attempts with only one error. The Cougars were led by Taylor DeGraff who had a match-high 16 kills.
Tonight's match could also be looked at as somewhat of a gauge for the Golden Eagles, who will head into a week full of conference play. Menlo College, one of the top competitors in the Cal Pac, recently defeated these same Cougars in five sets. The Golden Eagles are set to face Menlo, this coming Friday, in Atherton.
Before a match-up with Menlo, La Sierra will travel to William Jessup, Pacific Union, and Simpson University, for consecutive matches that will start on Monday, in Rocklin. Stay tuned for updates and other information about next week's women's volleyball schedule.