Volleyball Wins Two More

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - August 19th, 2016


Photo by Neil Morgan

Photo by Neil Morgan

By Kaci Mexico
August 19, 2016

Sixteenth ranked Westmont Women’s Volleyball went undefeated at the Biola Summer Slam and increased their record to 4-0 with a pair of wins against Montana Tech and #11 College of Idaho. The Warriors posted a 25-21, 25-20, and 25-21 sweep over Montana tech and then defeated College of Idaho in four sets, 22-25, 25-14, 26-24, and 25-22.

Against Montana Tech (2-1) Taylor Beckman led the way on both the offensive and defensive end. She had 14 kills and an attacking percentage of .367; she also tallied eight digs. Jessica McCann also led offensively and had ten kills with an attacking percentage of .429. Courtney Crosby and Kami Troesh were effective on the defensive end of the game – they had 12 and 13 digs respectively.

In the first set, the Warriors harnessed momentum from the start and went on a 6-1 run that consisted of two kills from Libby Dahlberg (9 kills) a kill from Beckman, and a service ace from Alexa Nestlerode. The Orediggers responded with an impressive 10-5 run to tie the game 11-11. Right away, Warriors earned back a lead and maintained it for the rest of the set.

In the second set, the Warriors and Orediggers scored back and forth until the Warriors went on a 7-1 run to take a nine point lead (18-9). This run consisted of kills by Samantha Neely, Beckman, and McCann. Kami Troesh added on a service ace.

The Warriors got off to another good start when they went on a 4-0 run in the beginning of the third set. Beckman had two kills with Neely and Dahlberg adding one each. Again, the Warriors held on to this momentum and finished out the match strong.

Against the eleventh ranked College of Idaho, Beckman continued to dominate on the offensive and defensive sides of the game – she tallied 14 kills (an attacking percentage of .375) and 11 digs. Dahlberg added on 11 kills (an attacking percentage of .500) and proved to be a force at the net with six assisted blocks. Defensively, Troesh had a pervasive presence on the court and had a total of 23 digs.

In the first set, the Coyotes and the Warriors went back and forth until both teams were tied 22-22. The Coyotes earned the next three points with a kill, a service ace and a hitting error and the Warriors lost their first set of the season.

The Warriors responded in the second set with a dominating performance, and held the Coyotes to only 14 points. Westmont harnessed momentum early on with a 7-1 run (12-4). Cassidy Rea had two kills, McCann also had a kill, and Dahlberg had a service ace.

In the third set, the two teams fought for each point until the Warriors found themselves a point away from victory at 24-23. Then, the Coyote’s Alaina Slater earned a kill to tie up the game. The Warriors regained the lead when Crosby made dig and Jessica McCann earned a kill. Ultimately, the Warriors put the set away when Beckman converted a misplaced Coyote set into a kill.

The fourth set was a battle all the way through, as the Warriors found themselves ahead by only one point at 23-22. Once again, the Warriors performed well under pressure and Neely produced a kill and the subsequent block assist alongside Dalhberg to finish out the game.

Next Wednesday August 24, the Warriors will face Southern Oregon in Fullerton at 5:00 p.m.

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