Finding a Rhythm

Submitted by: Christy Cain - August 29th, 2014

 

 By Christy Cain

August 29, 2014

(IRVINE, Calif.) After a shaky start to the 2014 season, today was exactly was exactly what the Westmont women’s volleyball team needed. From the moment the Warriors stepped on the court this morning at the Asics/ Wyndham Labor Day Classic, they were focused and ready to go –the energy was high and the execution was even higher

This was the first time that Westmont had played against Menlo College (Calif.) since defeating them in the opening round of the 2013 NAIA National Championship.  While this was a rematch of sorts for Menlo, Westmont had a record to withhold. Prior to this match, the Warriors were 5-0 against The Oaks and after this three game sweep (25-13, 25-19, 25-15) the perfect record still stands.

From the first point of the match, all aspects of the game seemed to work for the Warriors. The passing was on point, senior setter Heidi Thompson, was dishing the ball to the hitters who were consistently putting the ball away.

As most players know, the game of volleyball begins with the pass. Thankfully for the Warriors, Libero Kami Troesh took control of the back row. Troesh finished with 16 serve receive attempts, zero errors and 17 digs in just three games. This made Thompson’s job a little bit easier, allowing her to finish with 40 assists on the match. Senior Madison Serrano led the offensive charge with a total of 14 kills while Freshman Taylor Beckman put on an outstanding show, completing the match with an errorless 13 kills on 22 attempts.

While the women’s team dropped the second game of the day against Eastern Oregon University (20-25, 25-15, 30-28, 25-23), the effort and the heart was there. The Warriors came out swinging in the first game, tallying a total of 17 kills over the Mountaineers’ 10. They continued to find a rhythm as the games progressed.

But Eastern Oregon responded with a fight, taking the last three very close games of the match. The Mountaineers were led by Casey Loper who totaled a devastating 24 total kills. The Warriors’ top performers were Taylor Beckman with with 15 kills and Sarah McGough in a close second with 11 kills.

The Warriors kick off day two of the tournament tomorrow at 4pm against the Cougars of Azusa Pacific University.

 

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