By Christy Cain
(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) The Warriors went head-to-head with the La Sierra Golden Eagles tonight down in Riverside, Calif. in a showdown that was just about as close as any volleyball match can get. This was their third five-game match in a row- the first that they have won. Tonight they broke the losing streak and defeated La Sierra 25-27, 25-19, 25-23, 32-34, 15-10.
Each set of the match was literally played point-for=point. The Warriors came out looking steady and confident in the first set, but with not as much energy as they normally bring to the court. The team hit a .211 percentage but was not able to close out the game, losing by a mere two points.
Set number two was a completely different story. Westmont came out with a fire in their bellies that sparked the enthusiasm they needed to gain the lead and never let go. This is a team that is highly influenced by their emotions and thankfully the passion that was lacking in set one was evident in the second as they put ball after ball away. With Senior Madison Serrano on the bench with a wrist injury, Jessica McCann took the court and dominated the entire match with a season high of 19 kills. “Jess came through in a big way for us tonight. She played steady and aggressive the entire time,” commented head coach Cook.
Game three was another nail biter as the Warriors were able to keep their momentum and close out the set by just two points at the end. But game four takes the cake on being the most stressful set of the evening. The teams went back and forth with match points ten times before a La Sierra outside hitter put the ball on the ground and was able to keep their hope alive with a 34-32 win to send them into a fifth and final set of the night.