Volleyball Displays Offensive Powers

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 27th, 2016


Amy Buffham

Amy Buffham
(Photo courtesy Hope International Sports Information

Westmont Volleyball cruised to two more victories on Friday to extend its record to 7-0 on the season. The #16 Warriors downed Oregon Tech in three sets (25-11, 25-15, 25-16) before sweeping Life Pacific (25-13, 25-18, 25-12).

The Warriors demonstrated their offensive prowess against the Hustlin’ Owls of Oregon Tech by producing a .333 attack percentage. Defensively, Westmont held Oregon Tech to a negative .010 attack percentage. Outside hitters Taylor Beckman and Jessica McCann were the focal point of the Warriors’ offense in the first game. Taylor Beckman tallied 11 kills while Jessica McCann added another 10.

Up 8-6 in the first set, the Warriors benefited from a Hustlin’ Owls service error. Amy Buffham then served for seven straight points to give Westmont a 16-6 advantage. After a 3-0 Oregon Tech run, Courtney Crosby served for five straight points, putting the Warriors up 22-9.

In the second frame, Westmont trailed early (5-2) before going on a 9-1 stretch to take control of the set. Beckman, McCann and Libby Dahlberg each had two kills during the run.

With the score tied at 13 in the third set, Beckham delivered a kill to spark a 12-3 run that ended the match. Five different Warriors contributed kills during the final run with Beckman and Mila Maricic producing two each.

Westmont’s offense efforts continued in the second game against Life Pacific with the Warriors posting a season high attack percentage of .359 while holding Life Pacific to just .043.

Middle blockers Maricic and Dahlberg provided the firepower against Life Pacific with neither player committing a hitting error. Maricic tallied 10 kills and a .833 attack percentage while Dahlberg tallied nine kills and a .600 attack percentage.

Westmont jumped out to a 12-2 start in the first set with Alexa Nestlerode serving for eight of the points and freshman Cassidy Rea tallying three kills over that span.

The second set proved to be a closer contest with the Warriors finding themselves on the wrong end of a 10-13 score. However, Westmont won 10 of the next 11 points aided by two kills each by Dahlberg, Maricic and McCann.

The third set saw the Warriors extend a 13-11 lead with a 12-1 run that finished off the match.

Next up for the Warriors is a trip to Cal State San Marcos where the Warriors will play four games on September 2 and 3. Sonoma State and Fort Lewis (Colo.) are on the docket for the first day with matches against CSU San Marcos and Johnson and Wales (Colo.) planned for the second.

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