With a freshly minted #16 preseason ranking, Westmont Volleyball opened the season a pair of wins at the Biola Summer Slam. The now 2-0 Warriors posted a 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 sweep over #8 Eastern Oregon before clamming a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 win over Great Falls (Mont.).
Against Eastern Oregon (1-1), Taylor Beckman and Libby Dahlberg led the way, producing 12 and 11 kills respectively. Dahlberg added a solo block and three block assists to help shut down the Mountaineers, limiting Eastern Oregon to a .132 team attack percentage. Westmont tallied a .281 attack percentage.
In the first set, Westmont jumped out to a 4-0 lead courtesy of kills from Emma Harrah (6 kills), Dahlberg and Samantha Neely (9 kills). The Mountaineers closed to within one point (7-6) on a Westmont error, but the Warriors took control of the game by scoring on nine of the next 12 serves.
The second set started out more closely contested. Leading 6-5, the Warriors reeled off a 10-1 run. Neely and Beckman each had three kills during that stretch with Jessica McCann (4 kills) and Dahlberg adding one each.
In the third set, Eastern Oregon held a 14-11 lead before a pair of kills by Neely, a service ace by libero Kami Troesh (24 digs) and a kill by Dahlberg gave Westmont a 15-14 advantage. A kill by the Mountaineers’ Makayla Lindberg tied the match.