Looking for their third straight victory, the Golden Eagles women's volleyball had the tough task of hosting the No. 8 team in the nation, The Master's College. They were also looking to even the season series, after a three-game loss to the Mustangs back in late August. Utilizing a steady offense and unrelenting defense, the Mustangs defeated La Sierra (17-10) in three straight games for the second time this season, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21.
The Master's College has steadily moved up the national ranking throughout the course of the season, to their current position at No. 8, and displayed how they have attained a 20-3 record on the season. The Mustangs established themselves defensively, with strong play at the net that only worked to make their back-row defense more effective, they were able to take advantage of offensive opportunities created through their defense. The Mustangs finished with a total of 10 block assists and one solo block, in addition to 44 digs on 77 total attacks (not including attack errors) for the Golden Eagles. Libero Rebecca Paluffo had a game-high 24 digs for the Mustangs.
Lina Semaia led the Golden Eagles on offense with nine kills in addition to four digs. Siao Malepeai added six kills on the evening. Lupe Garcia and Shelby Madigan finished with four kills each. Garcia added eight digs and four assists while Madigan added 11 digs. The Golden Eagles finished the match with a .061 hitting percentage compared to .232 for the Mustangs, just a final example of how the Mustangs controlled the match through their defensive play.
Tonight was the first match of five matches in the next eight days to close out the regular season for the Golden Eagles. They will play three matches in a row this upcoming weekend, starting with their next match this Friday afternoon, when the team hosts Arizona Christian at 3pm.