Sweeping the 'Stangs
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After back-to-back wins in Arizona last weekend, the #17 Westmont Warriors volleyball team surged into Saturday’s matchup against #25 The Master’s University Mustangs. The Warriors were able to continue their momentum, sweeping the defending Golden State Athletic Conference champions 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-18).
Westmont lost the first two points of the match, but quickly found their groove and led for the majority of the first set. Hali Galloway and Cassidy Rea swung freely throughout the first set, racking up a combined seven kills and setting the offensive tempo for the rest of the match. Westmont took care of eight of the last 11 points to secure set one, 25-18.
Westmont’s offense continued to fire on all cylinders as Galloway and Rea tallied five and three kills respectively in the second set. Backing up their offense was Lauren Friis and Brooklyn Cheney collecting digs left and right, as well as key blocks from Lexi Malone and Rea. It was a back-and-forth affair to start the set, but at 6-5 up, the Warriors went on a 5-1 run to widen the gap. However, the Mustangs began to claw their way back. With the score now at 13-12, Westmont fought back with a 3-0 run to keep The Master’s at bay. Down 16-20, the Mustangs made a couple of errors, which were then followed up with back-to-back kills by Cheney and Malone. Now up 24-16, the Mustangs swung three points in their favor. After a quick timeout, the Warriors sealed set number two with another Malone kill off a Syd Dunn assist.
The Mustangs made a couple tactical adjustments early on as they resorted to more slide hits and feints to keep the Westmont defense guessing, seemingly swinging the momentum in favor of the Mustangs. Westmont hung tough though, as the score reached five-all, and then the offense turned to Cheney, who broke out for five of her six kills. However, some shaky passing and a short mental lapse in Westmont’s defense put The Master’s ahead, 15-14 lead. Soon afterwards, the Warriors grabbed 11 of the last 14 points, thanks to a couple errors from the Mustangs, back-to-back kills by Patty Kerman, and a set by Dunn to Cheney that closed out the third set and the match.
This coming weekend, Westmont will continue GSAC play at home against Life Pacific on Friday and Hope International on Saturday.