La Sierra NEWS
Mon, Sep. 3, 2012 - [Volleyball]

Las Vegas, NV - After falling to Carroll College (Helena, MT) in three straight games, to start the Las Vegas Tournament, the Golden Eagles women's volleyball team bounced back with three straight wins over Montana State University-Northern (Havre, MT), Rocky Mountain (Billings, MT), Great Falls University (Great Falls, MT). It was a fruitful weekend for the Golden Eagles who picked up four victories, including the three game win at Redlands, on Friday morning. La Sierra improves to 9-3 on the season.

Following are scores and leading scorers for each of the four tournament matches…

Carroll College def. La Sierra, 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-12)

Senior outside hitter Shelby Madigan had a game-high 12 kills to go along with seven digs. Lina Semaia added seven kills. Junior setter Colleen Stafford finished with 22 assists and 11 digs, both game-highs.

La Sierra def. Montana State-Northern, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-22)

Lina Semaia led the Golden Eagles with 12 kills, two digs, and one block. Shelby Madigan follow up with 11 kills and seven digs. The assist leaders for the Golden Eagles were Colleen Stafford (24) and Tiana Whitlock (11). Johanna Tope led the team in digs with 12. As a team, the Golden Eagles tallied 44 kills on 99 total attempts.

La Sierra def. Rocky Mountain College, 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19)

Shelby Madigan led the Golden Eagles and all players with 21 kills in addition to 14 digs, two service aces, and one block. The 21 kills are also a season high for the senior outside hitter. Lupe Garcia added 14 kills and Lina Semaia finished with 13 kills. Colleen Stafford had 32 assists, 15 digs, and five kills. Tiana Whitlock contributed 21 assists of her own. The Golden Eagles had four players who finished in double-figures in digs. Joining Madigan and Stafford was Siao Malepeai (16) and Johanna Tope (15). La Sierra finished the match with 62 kills and 82 digs.

La Sierra def. Great Falls, 3-2 (26-24, 14-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-8)

Once again, it was Shelby Madigan who led the team in kills and digs with 19 total kills and 12 digs. Lina Semaia and Lupe Garcia pitched in with 14 kills and 13 kills, respectively. Colleen Stafford led all players with 37 assists, with Tiana Whitlock contributing 17 assists. Ashley Sanchez was involved in seven (four solo blocks and three block assists) of the Golden Eagles 15 total blocks.

"We played some great, strong teams," said head coach Erin Conley. "They accepted the challenge and played phenomenal volleyball."

Looking to keep the momentum going, the Golden Eagles will take Monday off before heading up to Santa Barbara to face Westmont College. The Warriors enter tonight's match with the Golden Eagles with a record of 7-1. The two teams each have a three-match winning streak on the line.

La Sierra will follow up tonight's match with a match at Hope International on Thursday evening and two matches on Friday at the Vanguard University Volleyball Tournament.