Riverside, Calif. - After a convincing win over Menlo College on Thursday evening, the Golden Eagles turned in another impressive performance tonight, by defeating No.24 Cal State San Marcos, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23. The Cougars had defeated La Sierra in two previous meetings this season, but the third time turned out to be the charm for the Golden Eagles.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead in the match be taking Set 1. But the Golden Eagles answered back by winning Set 2 by the identical score. San Marcos held a 13-8 lead in Set 2 and they held that lead until the Golden Eagles chipped away and finally caught the Cougars at 22-22, before going on to win the match 25-23.
In Set 3, the Golden Eagles built an early lead they never relinquished. They built a 12-6 lead and proceeded to take the set 25-19. The fourth set was another tight affair that La Sierra pulled out to secure the match victory.
Lupe Garcia had another strong match with 18 kills, with only two errors, and 42 attempts (.381), including 11 digs and three block assists. Lina Semaia contributed with 14 kills, and Robyn Miller also added 10 kills, four digs, and two block assists.
Colleen Stafford also had a strong match by leading the offense with 52 assusts and four digs, while Ana Flores added 14 digs, both match high's.
The Golden Eagles controlled the play at the net, collecting a total of 11 blocks compared to six for the Cougars.
Taylor DeGraaf and Alyssa Hubbard led the Cougars with 13 and 12 kills, respectively.
La Sierra improves to 19-7 on the season with tonight's non-conference win. They will head out on the road, after five straight home matches, to close out their regular season. Only one of their four remaining matches is a conference match. The Golden Eagles will visit Azusa Pacific University on Tuesday for another non-conference match.