After losing their first match of the day to Mayville State, La Sierra was attempting to keep their season alive with win over Cal State San Marcos. It was a re-match of last season’s Association of Independent Institutions championship match. But this year San Marcos, who controlled the match from the beginning, eliminated the Golden Eagles in three games on the first day of play, 25-13, 25-17, 25-21.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 20-9 lead toward s 25-13 first game victory. Similar to La Sierra’s first match against Mayville State it was the hitting percentage that told the story. San Marcos had a .467 hitting percentage while the Golden Eagles were held to a .100 hitting percentage.
La Sierra’s percentage improved (.345) in the second game of the match. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, the Cougars percentage also improved (.593), on their way to a 25-17 Game 2 win, and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Game 3 proved to be the most competitive game of the match, as La Sierra was battling to keep their season alive. But after they numerous ties and four lead changes, La Sierra held on to a slim lead, 14-13. That would be as close the team would get. San Marcos finished Game 3 with a 12-7 run to close the match out with a 25-21 win in the final game of the match.
The Golden Eagles women’s volleyball team closes their season with a record of 21-13. This was the second consecutive year the team has reached the 20-win mark. It was the final match for senior Shelby Madigan, who will be sorely missed. But the prospectus for next season looks strong with much of this season’s roster returning.