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Sun, Sep. 29, 2013 - [Volleyball]

The women's volleyball team extended their home winning streak to nine games, with a straight set victory over Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 25-12, 25-18, and 25-20.


In addition to extending their home win streak, the Golden Eagles also won their fifth Cal Pac Conference game, against only one loss. 

The earlier than normal 11am start time, didn't seem to bother the Golden Eagles who jumped out to an early lead in the match, by taking the first set 25-12.  After a back-and-forth start to the match, La Sierra outscored Embry Riddle 17-4 to close out the first set.


In the final two sets, the Golden Eagles were in complete control, but were still forced to answer Embry Riddle scoring runs in both sets. 


Robyn Miller had an outstanding match, with 14 kills on 27 attempts and only two errors (.444), three digs, and two block assists.  Lupe Garcia had nine kills and Lina Semaia added seven kills on just 10 attempts and no errors (.700).  Semaia entered the match late in the first set and played the remainder of the match.


Setter Colleen Stafford had another solid performance, tallying a total of 31 assists and five digs.  Johanna Tope, who started in the libero position, led the team with eight digs.


La Sierra dominated the play at the net with eight blocks (14 block assists and one solo block), led by Abby Latuhoi who was involved in five of the 14 block assists.


As a team, La Sierra collected 39 kills on 85 attempts with only 12 errors, for a hitting percentage of .318.  In comparison, Embry Riddle struggled to find an offensive rhythm with a hitting percentage of .090 (25 kills, 18 errors, 78 attempts).


The Golden Eagles improve to 11-5 overall (5-1 Cal Pac) and will hit the road for their next three matches.  They will travel to Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday, in a non-conference match.  Next weekend, La Sierra will remain on the road to face Embry Riddle, where they will play a back-to-back, and will also play a match against the University of California-Merced.  Both matches will be conference match-ups.  The Golden Eagles will return home on October 10, in a non-conference match, against West Coast Baptist College.