Westmont Volleyball (20-7, 11-5 GSAC), ranked at number 12 in the NAIA National Coaches Poll, ended the regular season on a disappointing note Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. The Warriors fell to The Master’s in the final Golden State Athletic Conference match for both teams in four sets by scores of 18-25, 25-21, 25-51, 26-24.
The loss likely means a missed opportunity for the Warriors to receive a bye in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament. The top 11 ranked teams receive a bye and with several teams ranked above the Warriors suffering losses in conference tournaments around the nation, the possibility of Westmont moving up at least one spot in the national poll seemed likely. The loss, however, has made that doubtful.
The Warriors looked to be in control in the opening frame, recording a .243 team attack percentage and holding the Mustangs to just .077. However, the Mustangs bolted out of the chute in the second set to post a 10-5 lead and grab momentum. The Warriors narrowed the Mustangs’ margin to 23-21, but kills by The Master’s Aubrey Pyburn and Emily Curtin ended the set and evened the match at one set apiece.