Riverside, Calif. - After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the match, the Golden Eagles had to save a match point before escaping with a five set win over San Diego Christian College, in tonight's non-conference match-up.
The Golden Eagles, now 10-5 overall (4-1 Cal Pac), entered tonight's match unbeaten on their home court. They have a seven match winning streak dating back to last season.
Tonight's match was the second of three meetings between the two teams this season. La Sierra defeated the Hawks in three straight sets during their season opening La Sierra University Invitational Tournament.
What looked like another potential straight set victory for La Sierra, quickly turned into a marathon match when the Hawks (3-10) were able to grind out two-point victories in the sets 3 and 4.
With the match tied at 2-2, the Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 7-3 lead, but the Hawks fought their way back to tie the score at 7-7. La Sierra then rattled off four straight points of their own, for an 11-7 lead. Once again, the Hawks battled back to tie things back up at 12-12.
With the Hawks holding match-point, at 14-13, the Golden Eagles called a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, San Diego Christian's libero Aleka Estrada held serve for the Hawks, but had an untimely service error giving the side-out point to the Golden Eagles, who went on to secure the victory on two Lina Semaia kills.
For Semaia, the match clinching kills were two of her match high 26 kills. Lupe Garcia pitched in with 12 kills, 10 digs, and three service aces. Robyn Miller added 11 kills, while Ashley Baumgaertel tallied 10 kills, five digs, and two block assists.
Setter Colleen Stafford, the current Cal Pac Player of the Week, led the offense with 57 assists and six kills, while contributing 8 digs on the defensive side. Libero Chantal Washington led the team with 15 digs. Johanna Tope had 14 digs, while Ana Flores finished with 12 digs on the night.
Ashley Simpson led the Hawks with 13 kills and Estrada led all players with 30 digs in the match.
La Sierra will jump back into conference play this Sunday morning, when they play host to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.), at 11am.
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