The streak marches onward

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The Westmont volleyball team went 3-0 last week, extending its remarkable winning streak to 18 games. The Warriors defeated La Sierra University in a non-conference match at home on Tuesday, then beat William Jessup University on Friday and Menlo College on Saturday in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play on the road. The Warriors improved their overall record to 19-1, and are undefeated in GSAC with a record of 5-0.

On Tuesday, the Warriors swept the La Sierra Golden Eagles in three games. The Warriors came ready to play and started the first set off with an early lead of 11-3 over the Golden Eagles. The Warriors kept a big lead throughout the first set, and eventually won the set 25-12 off a kill by sophomore Cassidy Rea.

In the beginning of the second set, the Warriors and the Golden Eagles were even, until the Warriors went on a 6-0 run and extended the lead to 9-3. The Warriors kept a big lead throughout the set, and eventually won the set 25-13. A similar trend occurred in the third and final set. The Warriors started off with a 10-4 lead, and maintained their strong momentum throughout the set. Every time the Golden Eagles would score a point, the Warriors would go on another run, which eventually led to them winning the set, 25-17. Junior Libby Dahlberg led the team with nine kills, junior Samantha Neely had eight kills, and freshman Hali Galloway had six, causing Westmont to finish the game with an impressive total of 42 kills. The Warriors collectively had eight blocks, four of which were by Dahlberg.

The Warriors then went on the road for two GSAC matches with the determination and intention to continue their successful run. On Friday, the Westmont Warriors took on William Jessup University and were triumphant in a clean, three-game sweep. The Warriors won 25-21, 25-9, and 25-18, which extended their winning streak to 17 games. Neely led the team with 11 kills, followed by Dahlberg contributing eight kills and five blocks.

The next day, the Warriors beat Menlo College and finished the week with another important GSAC win. The Warriors started off strong and won the first two sets 25-16 and 25-20, but lost the third set 19-25. However, this loss did not discourage the Warriors, as they finished the match off in the fourth set 25-11. The Warriors collectively had 54 kills, 16 of which were by senior Taylor Beckman, 14 were by Dahlberg, and nine of which were by Galloway. Dahlberg also had six blocks, while junior Amy Buffman contributed 24 assists and freshman libero Lauren Friis tallied 25 digs.

In order to continue this impressive run, Galloway said, “We have to continue to fight as a team, and work hard everyday in practice.”

These three wins increased the Warriors’ winning streak to 18 games. Westmont plays at home on Thursday against Vanguard at 7 p.m. before traveling to Fullerton to take on Hope International on Saturday at 7 p.m.


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