Volleyball stays atop GSAC

Caleb Soto, Staff Writer

The #17 Westmont volleyball team (14-2 overall) improved to 5-0 in the Golden State Athletic Conference after beating the Life Pacific Warriors on Friday and the Hope International Royals the following day.

A service ace by Keelyn Kistner started off a 5-0 run in the first set against Life Pacific. Later on in the set, Westmont went on another 5-0 run to widen Life Pacific’s deficit to 10, making the score 15-5. Life Pacific mustered their own five-point run, but they could not close the gap as a Hali Galloway kill clinched the first set for Westmont, 25-19. The second set featured an offensive onslaught by Westmont as six different Warriors notched a kill. With quick work done in a 25-13 second set, Westmont looked to close out the match in the third set.

However, the opposing Warriors had other plans. After taking an 8-5 lead, Life Pacific handled 12 of the next 15 points, giving them a sizable advantage in the third set. Not to be deterred, Westmont rushed back and closed in with the score now 18-16. Life Pacific shook off this run and scored four straight points. Then after squandering their first three set points, Life Pacific forced a fourth set, taking the third 22-25. Refocused, the Warriors jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the fourth set. Later, Life Pacific tried to take advantage of three straight attacking errors by Westmont, but to no avail as their deficit was too large to overcome. Galloway served up an ace to seal Westmont’s sixth consecutive win of 25-19, 25-13, 22-25, 25-16.

Following their four-set victory, the Warriors took on their familiar rival Hope International. Early on, both teams fought back-and-forth with the Royals having slight edges from time to time. With the score 11-13 in Hope’s favor, Westmont rallied to take the next six points. Soon after, Hope knotted up the score at 17. Later, with the first set tied at 19 apiece, the Warriors edged six of the last eight points thanks to a Patty Kerman kill, giving Westmont a 25-21 first-set win. The second set featured similar action as both teams went on mini runs, only for the other to tie the set back up. This time with the score tied up at 18, Westmont mounted another late set run, solidified by Cassidy Rea’s back-to-back kills, to win the set 25-19.

The Royals got off to a quick start in the third game, taking a 7-2 lead. However, like the previous sets, the gap closed and Westmont found itself even at 10. With the score later tied at 13, one of Rea’s 12 kills led to a four-point swing. Hope tried a couple of times to claw its way back into the third set, but the Warriors held firm as a Brooklyn Cheney kill ended the Royals’ night in defeat. A 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 win featured 20 digs by Cheney and Lauren Friis, as well as seven
blocks by Kendall Kenyon.

Next in line for the top team in GSAC is Vanguard, the other remaining unbeaten team in GSAC play, and San Diego Christian.