Volleyball starts GSAC unbeaten
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During the first week of Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) matches, the Westmont volleyball team hit the road for Arizona to play the OUAZ Spirit and Arizona Christian, coming away with two wins.
The Warriors headed into their matchup against OUAZ with an 8-2 record and having won their previous two matches. Patty Kerman got the first set underway with a kill off a pass from Brooklyn Cheney. The ensuing points featured back-and-forth play from both sides, with neither school having an edge. Unfortunately for Westmont, OUAZ stole the first set 20-25. A slow start for the Warriors did not carry over into the second set though, as their energy level went up a notch. While the second set was close for the first 20 points, the Warriors pulled away thanks to a 9-4 run to close out the second set 25-18.
The third set featured the Westmont offense going on a stream of runs, giving them a 20-12 lead. However, OUAZ began to mount a comeback, as the gap closed to 22-19. A set from Sydney Dunn led to a Cheney kill to put the Warriors up by four. After an OUAZ service error and a kill, Dunn setup Cheney for yet another kill to take set three. With the momentum on Westmont’s side, the Warriors stormed through the fourth set with Kendall Kenyon, Lexi Malone, and Cheney having multiple kills. Cassidy Rea and Cheney both finished with 12 kills in the four-set win (20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18).
The next day, Westmont played against the Arizona Christian University Firestorm. Westmont got off to a fast start in the first set and they never looked back as they captured the set 25-14. After a 3-0 start in the second set, the Firestorm scored four straight points. Rea then hit back-to-back kills, which ignited a four-point run. Later, the Firestorm tied the score up at 11 after an attacking error by the Warriors. The Warriors and Firestorm then traded blows until Westmont began to pull away after a couple attack errors by ACU and back-to-back service aces by Keelyn Kistner. With the score now 24-19, ACU took the next three points, but their comeback fell short as Rea finished off the second set with
Similarly to the second set, the Warriors sped out of the gate in the third game and took a 13-5 lead. ACU tried to close the gap as they got the score to 14-11, but Firestorm errors and Rea’s three straight kills stacked up to an eight-point swing. There was little the Firestorm could do, as a few points later Kistner set up Rea for her 13th kill to finish the match. Malone tallied five blocks and Lauren Friis had 18 digs to lead Westmont on the defensive end. Kistner had seven service aces, as well as 21 assists. A 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 win brings the Warriors’ conference record to 2-0.
This coming Saturday, the Warriors will face off against reigning GSAC champs The Master’s University.