Riverside, CA – GAME 1: The women's volleyball team started the season with a three-game sweep of Johnson and Wales(4-2) (Denver, Colo.) in their first of two matches today, in the La Sierra University Invitational. La Sierra won the match 25-17, 25-21, 25-13.
Junior outside hitter, Robyn Miller, led the Golden Eagles (1-0) with 10 kills on 15 total attempts, for a hitting percentage of .600. Miller also added five digs.
Lina Semaia pitched in with eight kills, followed by Siao Malepeai who finished with seven kills, seven digs.
Senior setter Colleen Stafford led the offense, compiling 28 assists and nine digs, both team highs. Sophomore middle, Sasha Birt-Moody finished with five kills to go along with five block assists.
As a team, the Golden Eagles outhit the Wildcats by a margin of 40 kills to 21 kills. La Sierra also dominated the play at the net with nine total blocks, compared to 5 total blocks for the Wildcats .
GAME 2: The Golden Eagles (2-0) completed the day with a perfect, 2-0 record, by defeating San Diego Christian College, 25-19, 23-25, 25-12, 25-13.
For the second time in as many games, Miller led the way by racking up 20 kills on 34 total attempts (.500). Semaia had 18 kills, while Ashley Baumgaertel finished with 10 kills on 13 attempts (.692).
Stafford compiled 47 assists and seven digs, with libero Chantal Washington picking up a team-high 13 digs followed by Erin Miller's 12 digs to go along with two service aces.
The team rebounded from a sluggish loss in game 2, to cruise to their second victory. The Golden Eagles finished with 69 kills on 145 attempts (.394).
La Sierra returns tomorrow morning and will try to duplicate their Day 1 success. Their first match of the day will have them up against The University of Montana Western, starting at 10am, followed by the tournament finale at 4pm, versus Hope International University.