The Golden Eagles women's volleyball team closed out their four-game road trip to northern California on a high note, by defeating the Menlo College Oaks, 3-1. Playing their fourth match in four days, a tired but determined Golden Eagles squad dropped Game 1 before winning the next three games to win the match, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19. The four-match winning streak is the longest of the season for the Golden Eagles. Prior to tonight's win over Menlo, La Sierra had victories over UC Merced, William Jessup University, and Pacific Union College.
Lina Semaia matched a season-high, and led La Sierra with 17 kills, including a hitting percentage of .552. Semaia also tallied 17 kills last week, in a match at Hope International University. Shelby Madigan and Lupe Garcia each finished with 13 kills in the victory. Madigan also contributed 16 digs on the night. Setter Colleen Stafford added 35 assists on 101 attempts. And middle blocker Ashley Sanchez also tallied five kills and five blocks.
The Golden Eagles have taken care of their business this week and will now have to sit back and wait to see if they can crack the Top 25 NAIA Volleyball rankings next week. La Sierra has received votes over the past few weeks, but have yet to be ranked in the Top 25 Coaches Poll. With this week's four wins the Golden Eagles now have a better record (14-6) than No. 10 CSU San Marcos (13-6). The Golden Eagles also defeated San Marcos, 3-2, in the first of two meetings this season, on August 16, at the La Sierra Tournament. The second showdown will take place later this month on September 26, at San Marcos.
La Sierra is also leading nationally in many of the statistical categories. As a team, they are currently ranked number two in services aces (137), number five in total kills (788), number 7 in total assists (697), number 10 in total digs (926), and number 19 in total block (104).
In addition, Madigan ranks number five in total kills (222). Garcia is ranked number seven in total service aces (28). Stafford is number 15 in total assists (486), while Sanchez ranks number 17 in total blocks (54). Rounding things out is Semaia who is ranked number 20 in total kills (186).
With approximately three-quarters of their season remaining, the Golden Eagles will look to finish their season in strong fashion. Of their 10 remaining matches, nine will be played at the Alumni Pavilion. Their only road match will be the September 26 match at CSU San Marcos. Prior to that much anticipated match-up, the Golden Eagles will have to remain focus, when they play host to the University of Redlands next Thursday evening, at 7:30pm. La Sierra defeated the Bulldogs, 3-0, back on August 31.