La Sierra NEWS
Tue, Sep. 4, 2012 - [Volleyball]

Santa Barbara, CA - Looking to carry the momentum from their weekend trip to Las Vegas, the Golden Eagles headed north to face No. 9 ranked Westmont College. Both teams brought a three-match winning streak into the evening, and it would be Westmont who extended the streak to four. The Warriors, now with eight wins against only one loss, defeated La Sierra in three straight games, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16.

In Game 1, both teams exchanged runs, but it was the Warriors who were able to muster a few more runs than the Golden Eagles to take the early lead in the match.

Game 2 was a back-and-forth battle from the start. With the match tied at 6-6, La Sierra rattled off four straight points to take a 10-6 lead. Westmont would fight their way back to catch the Golden Eagles 14-14. The Warriors first lead of the game didn't come until 19-18. They would eventually finish Game 2 with a 6-2 run for the 25-21 win.

The final game of the match started very similar to the second, but with the score tied at 3-3, a questionable touch call went against the Golden Eagles, the Warriors would subsequently go on an 8-1 run to take control of the match. After fighting their way back within three points (17-14) the Golden Eagles were unable to close the gap any further, dropping the game 25-16.

Lina Semaia led the team in kills with seven, followed by Shelby Madigan and Lupe Garcia who each finished with five kills. Madigan added nine digs while Colleen Stafford led the team with 13 assists and nine digs.

The Golden Eagles drop to 9-4 on the season and now set their sights on Hope International University. La Sierra will travel to Fullerton on Thursday evening looking to avenge a five-game loss to Hope International in their opening season tournament.