Costa Mesa, CA - After a grueling five game win over Hope International University last night, the Golden Eagles traveled to Vanguard University for two matches. The quick turnaround meant that La Sierra would have to face the No. 4 team in the nation, Biola University, in the morning, followed by the host, Vanguard University in the afternoon match. The Golden Eagles put up a fight in two of the three games versus the fourth ranked Eagles and would follow up with a three-game loss to the Lions.
The Golden Eagles were slow out of the starting blocks in the first match of the day, losing Game 1, 25-13. Games 2 and 3 proved to be a much different story with the Golden Eagles matching Biola every step of the way. Unfortunately for La Sierra, they were unable to get over the hump and would eventually lose, 24-26 and 22-25.
In the second match of the day, the Lions grabbed the early momentum by taking advantage of a late run for the 25-20 win. Vanguard jumped out to an early 10-3 lead in Game 2 and cruised to a 2-0 lead in the match. The Lions pulled out to a 12-7 in Game 3, before La Sierra put together a run to cut into the lead, at 13-11. But that would be as close as the Golden Eagles would get. The Golden Eagles did their best to swing that momentum, but came up short, losing the match in three straight games, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18.
In the second match of the day, it was Semaia who led the team with nine kills. Madigan added 14 digs and six kills. Stafford had 18 assists and eight digs. Ashley Sanchez pitched in with five kills on 18 attempts.
It has been a busy week for the women's volleyball team, with nine matches in the past eight days. In that span, the Golden Eagles went 5-4. With today's losses, the Golden Eagles fall to 10-6 on the season. They will now attempt to regain their legs as well as their overall energy, prior to heading to northern California.
The team will take the weekend off before starting another tough stretch that will see the Golden Eagles play four matches in four consecutive days. Their next match will be on Monday evening at UC Merced, followed by matches at William Jessup University (Tuesday), Pacific Union College (Wednesday), and Menlo College (Thursday).
After the team's trip to northern California, they will finally get some time off. The Golden Eagles will have a week off, between matches, before they return home to host the University of Redlands on September 20.
Stay tuned for updates and links for next week's matches that will be streamed live.