Rocklin, Calif. - The Golden Eagles (7-4, 2-0) earned their first road victory and their second conference victory, with a 3-0 win (27-25, 25-21, 25-23) at William Jessup (2-11, 0-1) this evening. It was a team looking to rebound from an 0-3 weekend, at the Vanguard University Tournament, and looking to get back in the win column.
La Sierra jumped out to an early lead in the first set, leading by as many as six points (7-1). But the Warriors, to their credit, battled back to tie the score at 14-14 and would even take the lead, at 14-15. From that point on it was a back and forth affair until the Golden Eagles were able to capitalize on their second set point, to take the set 27-25.
In the second set, the Golden Eagles held a modest 13-10 lead before the Warriors went on a 10-3 run to lead the set 20-16. But the Golden Eagles would not be denied, as they went on a run of their own, outscoring the Warriors 9-1 to secure the second set win. It was behind the serving of Lupe Garcia, who served the final six points of the set.
In the third and final set, the Warriors found themselves down 21-15, when they mounted a comeback and eventually tied the score at 23-23. But the Golden Eagles were fortunate to close out the victory, by scoring the next two points.
The team was fortunate, because tonight in the first of four conference matches in the next five days for the Golden Eagles. So when given the opportunity to close a team out early, it is in their best interest to do so.
Miller's 11 kills led all players. She was assisted by Lina Semaia who pitched in with nine kills and Lupe Garcia who added seven kills on 15 attempts with no hitting errors (.467).
Colleen Stafford guided the offense with 33 assists and led the team with 12 digs to go along with three kills and one block assist.
Defensively, the Golden Eagles finished with 48 digs, led by Stafford. The team had five other players who each contributed six digs in the match.
Hailey Bellmer, who tallied 10 kills in the effort, led the Warriors. Sara Hickenbottom was held in check after collecting five of her eight kills in the first set.
Tomorrow night, the Golden Eagles will travel to Pacific Union College for their next match-up. After losing the first two sets, La Sierra outlasted the Pioneers (7-5, 0-1) for a five set victory last Tuesday. Tomorrow night's match is set to begin at 7pm.