Freshman middle blocker Libby Dahlberg produced 10 kills and sophomore outside hitter Taylor Beckman added nine more as #18 Westmont Volleyball (13-5) defeated the Cardinals of Concordia (Mich.) in straight sets (25-11, 25-13, 25-17).
Dahlberg and Beckman committed just one attack error each, resulting in an attack percentages of .450 and .615 respectively.
Westmont jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first set to establish a tone for the match. The Cardinals rallied, closing to within four on a 6-3 run, but the Warriors regained control and finished off the set on a 14-4 run. The final five points came with freshman Amy Buffham at the service line.
In the second set, Concordia claimed the first three points on their way to a 5-2 lead before the Warriors scored five straight points. Concordia made it 7-6 on a kill by Erica den Boer before the Warriors put together an 18-6 run to claim the second set.
The third set was the closest of the day. With the match tied at 11 points apiece, Westmont’s Lindsay Paulo provided a kill and then combined with Dahlberg for a block to make the score 13-11 in favor of the Warriors. After a Westmont service error, Sydney Striff connected for a kill, which preceded a block by Dahlberg and Sarah McGough. That gave the Warriors a 15-12 advantage.