15 and counting
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Last week, fifth-ranked Westmont Volleyball executed a three-game sweep of both the Hawks of San Diego Christian and the Firestorm of Arizona Christian in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play. They improved to 16-1 overall (3-0 GSAC). The Warriors have now won 15 matches in a row.
On Friday, Westmont played its first GSAC home game of the season, handing San Diego Christian its second straight loss of the GSAC season. The Warriors won 25-13, 25-17, and finally 25-12, overwhelming the Hawks with 52 kills compared to the Hawks’ 21. Together as a team, Westmont posted a .429 attack percentage, the seventh best percentage in a single match in school history.
Among the offensive leaders was senior Taylor Beckman, who returned to the court Friday after a month-long absence due to a knee injury. Beckman tallied 11 kills alongside junior Libby Dahlberg’s ten, junior Sam Neely’s ten, and sophomore Cassidy Rea’s eight.
During the first set, the Warriors went on a 10-0 run to take a staggering 11-2 lead, establishing their dominance for the rest of the game. San Diego Christian (5-7 overall, 0-3 GSAC) tried to make a comeback, scoring five points to make the game 12-7. However, Westmont took the next seven, putting the first set out of reach. The second and third sets followed in similar fashion, with Westmont taking the lead early and never relinquishing. Along with the impressive show from the offensive hitters was that of the setters, junior Amy Buffham and freshman Camryn Kaina. Buffham put up 25 assists, while Kaina followed at 19.
Freshman libero Lauren Friis led the Warriors with 16 digs.
Westmont’s astounding play flowed into the match on Saturday versus Arizona Christian (9-5 overall, 1-2 GSAC). Dahlberg led Westmont to victory as they handily beat the Firestorm 25-7, 25-13, and 25-19.
In just two matches (Friday and Saturday), Dahlberg produced 20 kills in 26 attempts, with no errors committed, leading to an impressive attacking percentage of .769.
The first two sets went quickly, as the Firestorm did not score more than 13 points in either set. In the third set, Westmont was up 23-12, before the Firestorm showed a bit more tenacity and went on a 6-0 run, making it 23-18.
After a service error and kill by the Firestorm, junior Emma Harrah ended the match 25-19 with a kill of her own.
“We had good energy on the court today,” said Dahlberg. “The fans really created a positive atmosphere that we thrived off of.”
“We’re 3-0 in GSAC now, so we’re on track to win it,” said Neely. “This weekend we played on our own level, not to the level of our opponent, which is great.”
The Warriors take on La Sierra University at home on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in a non-conference meeting before heading up north for two GSAC match-ups. They will take on William Jessup University in Rocklin on Friday at 7 p.m. and Menlo in Atherton on Saturday at 2 p.m.