Riverside, CA - Looking to rebound from last night's loss, the Golden Eagles got off to a quick start, winning the first game 25-5 and eventually taking the match 3-0 (25-5, 25-23, 25-20). Playing the second match of a back-to-back tonight, La Sierra was able to push their record to 5-2.
In Game 1, the Golden Eagles were able to capitalize on 10 straight points on the serve of Lupe Garcia, cruising to a 1-0 lead. Game 2 was a back and forth battle, with the Pioneers taking the early lead, prior to La Sierra fighting their way back. The Pioneers held a slim lead, 22-20, late in the game, but once again it was the Golden Eagles who finished the game on a 5-1 run to snatch Game 2. The Golden Eagles grabbed the early lead in Game 3 on their road to closing out the match in three straight games.
Leading the way for La Sierra was Lina Semaia who finished with 11 kills and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Shelby Madigan added 11 kills and six digs. Garcia pitched in with nine digs, seven kills, four aces and one block. Ashley Sanchez also contributed six kills and five blocks. Junior setter Colleen Stafford finished with a game-high 27 assists to along with two blocks.
For the Pioneers, it was Calai Brown and Jenna Glantz, who finished with a total of six kills each. Sarah Cusick led the Pioneers in digs with nine, with Glantz adding seven digs of her own. Setter Lauren Wooley had 16 assists on the night. The Pioneers fall to 1-3 with the loss.
After starting the 2012 season with six of their first seven matches being played at home, the Golden Eagles will spend most of next month on the road. They will travel to the University of Redlands this coming Friday, before heading east for a tournament in Las Vegas this coming weekend. The Golden Eagles next home match will not take place until September 20, when they play host to the University of Redlands.
Stay tuned to the Golden Eagles Athletics website to follow the team's progress as they hit the road. We will provide links for any road matches that will be streamed live.