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Warriors Battle Back to Remain Unbeaten

September 2nd, 2016
Kami Troesh

Westmont Volleyball (9-0), ranked at number 16 in the NAIA National Poll, put its undefeated record on the line against two NCAA Division II opponents at the Cal State San Marcos Tournament and walked away with the a pair of hard fought victories.

The Warriors first took on Sonoma State (0-1), facing its toughest test to date this season. After taking the first set 25-14, the Warriors surrendered the next two sets 25-22 and 25-23. Down 2-5 in the fourth set, the Warriors scored nine of the next 10 points to go up 11-6. Westmont maintained its momentum and claimed the fourth set 25-18 to tie the match at two sets apiece.

In the decisive fifth set, Westmont posted an 8-3 lead before the side change and then extended their advantage to 10-4. Sonoma State scored the next four points to pull within two. The two teams traded points until a service ace by Andrea Barnes cut the Warriors’ advantage to just one (13-12).

An attack error by Somona State’s Rachel Andrews gave Westmont match point (14-12). Andrews kept Sonoma State’s hopes alive when she blocked an attack by Westmont’s Libby Dahlberg to make the score 14-13. The two hour match finally ended when Westmont’s Cassidy Rea blocked an attack by Emily Papale.

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