Escondido, Calif. - The women's volleyball team dropped a non-conference match against #25 Cal State San Marcos in four sets. The Golden Eagles (11-6, 5-1 Cal Pac) battled their former AII conference foes, who cracked the NAIA Top 25 ranking released earlier today, in the second of three matches between the two teams this season.
The Cougars defeated the Golden Eagles in three straight sets at the Vanguard University Tournament. Tonight's match proved to be much more competitive but the outcome was similar, with the Cougars taking the match 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23.
In a match that could have gone either way, only one of the four sets was decided by more than two points. The Golden Eagles jumped out to the early lead by taking the first set.
In the second set, the Cougars used runs of four and five points, midway through the set, to pull away from the Golden Eagles and tie the match at 1-1.
In the third set, the Cougars jumped out to an early 9-1 lead, before the Golden Eagles rattled off seven straight point to pull themselves back into the set. San Marcos answered with another five point run to extend their lead to 19-13, but the Golden Eagles would not go away. They went on to outscore the Cougars 10-2 and eventually lead the set 23-21. But unfortunately, for La Sierra, San Marcos finished the set with four straight points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The final set was a back-and-forth affair with the Cougars creeping out to a 21-16 lead, late in the fourth set. La Sierra would go on a 7-1 scoring run to reclaim the lead at 23-22. But similar to the third set, the Cougars answered back by scoring the final three points to win the match.
Lina Semaia finished with 15 kills and eight digs in the match. Lupe Garcia had another strong performance with 14 kills on 31 attempts with only five errors (.290). Robyn Miller added nine kills with only two errors on 19 attempts (.368).
Colleen Stafford tallied 44 assists, 12 digs, and four kills. Johanna Tope, who started in the libero position, also pitched in with 12 digs.
The Cougars controlled play at the net, finishing with 24 block assists (12 team blocks) compared to 12 block assists (6 team blocks) for the Golden Eagles.
Taylor Degraaf led the Cougars and all players with 18 kills and 14 digs.
La Sierra will look to improve on their conference record this weekend when they travel to Prescott, Arizona, to face Embry-Riddle and the University of California-Merced. The Golden Eagles will UC Merced on Saturday night, in the first match of a back-to-back. at Embry-Riddle. They will follow things up with a match against Embry Riddle on Sunday morning. Both matches are Cal Pac matches. La Sierra will return home on Thursday, October 10, when they host West Coast Baptist College in a non-conference match.