Prescott, Ariz. - The women's volleyball team completed a weekend sweep over UC Merced (3-1) and Embry Riddle University (3-0). The Golden Eagles, in the first match of a back-to-back, defeated UC Merced, 25-20, 25-15, 17-25, 25-15. The team followed things up with a straight set victory over Embry Riddle, 25-23, 25-14, 25-11, yesterday morning.
Saturday night's match against UC Merced was considered a home match for the Golden Eagles that was played at Embry Riddle University. The arrangement was agreed upon by the two schools to assist in travel for UC Merced.
This was the first of two conference matches between the two schools. The Golden Eagles will travel to Merced on November 3, in their final conference match of the regular season.
Lina Semaia finished with 18 total kills in the match, followed by Lupe Garcia who added 13 kills to go along with five digs and four block assists. Robyn Miller tallied 11 kills, eight digs, and three block assists.
Setter Colleen Stafford led the offense with 38 assists, including five digs. While Chantal Washington and Johanna Tope led the team with 13 digs each.
Sunday morning's match was a re-match of last Sunday's match-up between La Sierra and Embry Riddle, a match that the Golden Eagles dominated in three straight sets. The Golden Eagles were able to duplicate the victory by defeating Embry Riddle in commanding fashion.
The Golden Eagles finished with 36 kills and were also aided by 23 attack errors by Embry Riddle. La Sierra also capitalized on a total of 10 blocks and nine service aces.
Semaia had a match-high 13 kills. She was joined once again by Lupe Garcia who pitched in with eight kills and three service aces. Middle blocker Abby Latuhoi added six kills with only one error on 12 attempts (.417). Latuhoi also joined Ashley Baumgaertel with four block assists.
Stafford had 30 assists and 10 digs in the win. Tope and Ana Flores each finished with 12 digs, while Erin Miller pitched in with three service aces of her own.
The Golden Eagles improve to 13-6 overall and 7-1 in Cal Pac play. The will return home this Thursday, trying to extend their nine match home win streak, when they host West Coast Baptist College. The match is scheduled for a 7pm start.
NOTE: Statistics were not made available until this morning in order to complete this recap. We apologize for the delay.