Volleyball bounces back
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Coming off a tough week, the Westmont women’s volleyball squad looked to bounce back this past weekend. Going into Friday’s match against the William Jessup Warriors, Westmont found itself in unfamiliar territory: one was being 2-3 in GSAC and on a three-game skid; two, they were going to be without middle-blocker Libby Dahlberg due to an ankle injury.
Even though the lineup was different, the Westmont Warriors came out firing as they took the first set 25-10 with relative ease. The beginning of the second set showed a more poised and settled William Jessup team, as William Jessup took an early lead in the second set. After that both Warriors teams traded leads until Westmont broke up the second set by piling up a number of three and five-point runs, winning 13 of the final 20 points of the set to take the set by a score of 25-18. The third set showcased Westmont taking an early lead and never giving it up. They were able to finish off the William Jessup Warriors by a match score of 25-10, 25-18, 25-17. Westmont saw a much-needed boost in Dahlberg’s absence by Sam Neely, who led the offense with 11 kills, followed by Cassidy Rea with ten, and nine kills by Brooklynn Cheney. Amy Buffham kept the offense going with 28 assists. On the defensive end, Sophomore Hali Galloway had 15 digs and Lauren Friis collected 10 digs. With Westmont’s first win in a couple weeks, the Warriors hoped to carry that momentum into Saturday against the Menlo College Oaks.
Westmont got off to a fast start as they took a 10-4 lead in the first set, but Menlo slowly clawed its way back. Up 23-21, a service error from Neely led to a final push by the Oaks to take the first set 23-35. However, the Warriors stayed poised and took the second set 25-21 on a Menlo service error. Westmont continued to attack in the third set and would not let the Oaks get into a rhythm. The Warriors finished off the third set 25-17 thanks to a kill by Galloway. Unlike before, Menlo did not allow Westmont to take an outright lead at the beginning of the next set. However, riding the momentum gained after winning two straight sets, the Warriors were able to produce better quality runs as they took the fourth and final set 25-19. Buffham orchestrated the offense as she littered the stat sheet with 56 assists and support from hitters Neely (16 kills), Rea (15 kills), and Galloway (14 kills). Friis and Cheney held the defense down with 28 digs and 15 digs respectively.
With two quality wins under their belt, these Warriors will look towards their matchups away at San Diego Christian on Tuesday, before hosting Ottawa (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Arizona Christian (Saturday, 2 p.m.).