Day Two Delivery

Submitted by: Christy Cain - August 31st, 2014




By Christy Cain

(IRVINE, Calif.) The Westmont women’s volleyball team had an all- around impressive performance today at the Asics/ Wyndham Labor Day Classic in Irvine, Calif. The Warriors came out strong with a fantastic team display in a win against NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific University (16-25, 18-25, 25-21, 27-25, 15-9)

Before transferring to Division II, the Cougars were a part of the Golden State Athletic Conference, making them a well-known opponent of Westmont athletic teams.  With an all-time series record of 39-45 against Azusa, the Warriors could have been considered the underdogs of this match.

But records don’t matter when you step on the court. Westmont was ready to perform—and they put on quite the show.

“The win was a team effort,” said head coach Patti Cook, “our defense was scrappy around a very solid block.”

The Warriors tabbed a total of 13 blocks and 37 digs in the five game match, making it difficult for the Cougars to put the ball away.

After dropping the first two games of the match, the Warriors took a moment to regroup. At that point in time, Azusa was out-killing them 29-16, and something needed to change. This is when the veterans of the team took control.

Senior middle blocker Ciena Colburn controlled the offense with 13 kills and just one error on the match, ending with an impeccable .600 hitting percentage. Senior Madison Serrano was close behind with 10 kills—six of which were in the last three games of the match. Sydney Striff added 11 kills on the night, many of which were at key moments of the match for the Warriors.

“Our attack was efficient and we kept our errors at a minimum,” remarked Cook, “Our seniors led the hustle and the effort on the court and their hard work paid off.”

The momentum of the win, translated over into the second match of the day against Westminster College (Utah). With a very well-balanced offense, the Warriors were firing on all cylinders and defeated the Griffins 25-20, 25-19, 25-19.

Again, it was a very low-error match, coupled with a high overall team hitting percentage of .228. Once again, the returners of the team drove the momentum. Serrano tabbed 13 kills, McCann tallied 11 with assists coming from Heidi Thompson who executed 66 assists on the day.

The Warriors progress to a record of 3-6 so far this season. Their home opener will be Tuesday September 2 at 6:30 PM against La Sierra (Calif.)

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