Win streak up to nine
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The Westmont women’s volleyball team, who is currently ranked #17 in NAIA, extended its winning to streak to nine by winning two Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) games on the road. The Warriors now have an overall record of 20-4 and are 11-3 in GSAC play.
On Friday, the Warriors travelled to Costa Mesa and battled for second place against the #15 Vanguard Lions. After five tough sets, they were triumphant over Vanguard, winning the first, fourth and fifth sets of the match.
Junior Cassidy Rea led the team with 19 kills, senior Samantha Neely had 13, and sophomore Brooklynn Cheney had 12. Senior Amy Buffham led the team with 48 assists. Sophomore Hali Galloway led the team with 23 digs, while Cheney had 23, and sophomore Lauren Friis had 16. With this win, the Warriors have a spot in the GSAC Tournament and have a better chance at finishing in second place in their conference.
Building off a quality win against Vanguard on Friday, Westmont went on to beat the Life Pacific Warriors on the road the very next day. The Warriors won the first two sets, lost the third, and won the fourth, leading to a win in four sets.
Neely led the team with 16 kills and six blocks, while Rea had 12 kills and five blocks, and Cheney had 11 kills. Buffham once again led the team with 48 assists, while Friis led the team with 21 digs. Galloway and Cheney both tallied 11 digs as well. This win extended their winning streak to an impressive nine games.
“This weekend’s wins were great!” said Friis, “Having Vanguard on Friday night and having Life Pacific on Saturday, even though it was a quick turn around, being able to take home two wins feels amazing.”
She continued to say that, “What made it a successful weekend for us was taking care of our side of the net and controlling what we could control throughout the games.”
When asked what their game plan is in regards to their last few GSAC games, she said, “For our last couple games, as a team, we just need to keep working super hard in practice and keep our eyes on the next game ahead.” She concluded by saying, “Our coaches always say the most important game is the next one!”
This upcoming weekend, the Westmont Warriors have two more GSAC games on the road. They play at Menlo University on Friday and then at William Jessup University on Saturday. The Warriors will be looking to clinch their spot in second place and extend their winning streak to 11 games.