Azusa, Calif. - The women's volleyball team dropped a non-conference match at Azusa Pacific University. The Cougars, in their second year as members of the NCAA (Division II), defeated the Golden Eagles in four sets, 24-26, 25-17, 31-29, 25-23.
La Sierra stormed back to take the first set of the match by fighting off three straight set points and scoring five straight points for the set victory. After finding themselves down 24-21, the Golden Eagles rattled off five straight points for the 26-24 win.
In Set 2, the Cougars cruised to a 25-17 victory to tie the match at 1-1. After the score was tied at 14-14, the Cougars outscored the Golden Eagles 11-3 on their way to victory.
Set 3 was a tight contest, with neither team holding more than a two point lead at any time during the set, with the exception of a 3-0 lead that the Golden Eagles jumped out to, to start the set. There were a total of 18 ties and seven lead changes during the set. The Cougars were able to fight off two set points by the Golden Eagles to extend the set and secure a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth and final set was another back-and-forth affair that the Cougars were able to pull out for the win. The Golden Eagles led 21-18 late in Set 4, but were unable to close things out as the Cougars finished things off with a run of 7-2 and ending La Sierra's bid to extend the match to a fifth set.
The Golden Eagles finished the match with more total kills than Azusa Pacific , 58-55. Lina Semaia who tallied 18 kills, followed by Robyn Miller and Lupe Garcia who each finished with 14 kills, led the team.
Colleen Stafford contributed 47 assists, 11 digs, five block assists, and two service aces. Ana Flores added 12 digs and Chantal Washington had nine digs.
The Cougars were led by Mattie Shelford who finished with 13 kills and Alicia Utke who added 12 kills and 10 digs. Ashley Swatek and Joy Reinke led all players with 22 digs and 21 digs, respectively.
La Sierra falls to 19-8 on the season. They will conclude the Cal Pac Conference regular season in a match at the University of California-Merced this coming Sunday.
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