Add Two to the Win Column

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 28th, 2015


WC1Westmont Volleyball found a return trip to La Mirada to its liking, despite the August heat in southern Los Angeles County. After going 2-2 last weekend at the Biola/Red Lion-Anaheim Summer Slam, the Warriors improved two 4-2 today with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-17) victory over the Stars of Oklahoma City (0-1) and a three game sweep of Life Pacific (0-3) by scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-12.

Junior Jessica McCann and senior Sydney Striff led the way for the Warriors against the Stars. McCann tallied 15 kills while committing just two errors on her way to a .464 attack percentage. Striff notched 12 kills and hit .258. As a team, the Warriors tallied nine assists in the four set match.

Tied at 16 in the first set, the Stars produced a 6-1 run to take a 22-17 advantage. The Stars closed out the first set with two kills by Jami-Ran Renwick (14 kills, .385 attack percentage) and one by Tori Leisure (15 kills, .353 attack percentage)

In the second set, Westmont jumped out to a 3-0 lead on kills by senior captain Marissa Fuerst (5 kills, .357 attack percentage) and Stiff and a set error by the Stars. The Warriors did not relinquish the advantage the rest of the way.

The third set proved to be more tightly contested. Westmont took an 8-3 lead on a service ace by sophomore Taylor Beckman (6 kills). However, Oklahoma City powered its way back to a tie at 12-all on a kill by Stefani Nell (14 kills). From there, neither team held more than a two-point advantage. With the score tied at 24, McCann put the Warriors up two sets to none with back-to-back kills.

The final set appeared to be shaping up like the third. With the score tied at 13, the two teams traded points one at a time until the score reached 17-all. Freshman Libby Dahlberg (4 kills) then drove home a set from junior Alexa Nestlerode (24 assists) to send Amy Buffham (18 assists) to the service line. The freshman never left, serving for seven straight points to give Westmont its third win of the season.

About 75 minutes later, Westmont returned to the same court to take on the Life Pacific Warriors. Life Pacific, based in San Dimas, is restarting its athletic program after an eight-year hiatus. Westmont did not provide a warm return.

Westmont took just under an hour to pick up its fourth win of the season and in the process posted the third best single-game team attack percentage in program history. The Warriors connected for 43 kills in 78 attempts with just seven errors for a .462 attack percentage. Westmont also tallied nine service aces -five by Nestlerode.

Freshman Samantha Neely led the Warrior offense with nine kills on 15 attempts with no errors (.640 attack percentage). Freshman Emma Harrah (.385 attack percentage), Stiff (.500 attack percentage) and Dahlberg (.895 attack percentage) each added seven kills. Sophomore Mila Maricic (.545 attack percentage) notched six kills.

Westmont returns to action next Friday when they travel to Santa Clarita for a pair of games in The Master’s College Labor Day Classic. The Warriors will take on CSU San Marcos at four o’clock and then play Carroll (Mont.) at seven.

[WC-OKC box score] [WC-LPC box score]