In an attempt to finish the regular season in strong fashion and take momentum into the playoffs, the Golden Eagles women's volleyball team played their first of three matches this weekend. La Sierra hosted Arizona Christian University, at the Alumni Pavilion, in their first and only match between the two teams this season. The inspired group of Golden Eagles came out ready to play, soaring to a three-game win, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21.
La Sierra started the match be taking Game 1 followed by a dominating Game 2. Arizona Christian was not about to go quietly, as they jumped out to an early lead in Game 3. But with three straight matches for the Golden Eagles this weekend, the last thing they needed was to have the match extended. La Sierra chipped away at the Firestorm lead, eventually closing things out for the victory.
The statistical leaders for La Sierra were Siao Malepeai who led all players with 10 kills, including nine digs. Lina Semaia had nine kills and four digs, while Lupe Garcia finished with eight kills and eight digs. Setter Colleen Stafford guided the offense with 30 assists and also added seven digs.
The Firestorm struggled offensively with 25 total kills and 25 attack errors, good for a .000 hitting percentage. La Sierra finished with 35 kills with 14 attack errors, and a hitting percentage of .204. The Golden Eagles also controlled the net with six block assists and three solo block, compared to only two block assists and one solo block for Arizona Christian. Both teams tallied 44 digs on the afternoon.
Pushing their record to 18-10, the Golden Eagles will host Johnson and Wales University (CO) tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7:30pm. Tomorrow night's match will also serve as a Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Please make plans to attend to support the Golden Eagles women's volleyball team and to support the cure for breast cancer. Fan sare asked to show your support by wearing pink and bringing monetary donations (cash or check) that will be donated toward the research to cure breast cancer.
La Sierra will close the weekend with a Sunday morning match versus Embry-Riddle University, at 11:00am.