The Westmont women’s volleyball team began their Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) games on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and have remained undefeated since. On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Warriors faced the Vanguard Lions for their second GSAC match, which they played in Costa Mesa, California. The Warriors swept the Lions 3-0, collecting some impressive stats. They totaled 44 kills, 55 digs, and 7 aces throughout the three sets.
Fourth-year opposite hitter Patty Kerman led the Warriors with 13 kills. Kerman was recognized by GSAC for her impressive performances in the first two games of the conference and was named the GSAC Attacker of the Week. Third-year setter Syd Dunn also had an impressive showcase, gaining 19 assists. Dunn was also recognized as the GSAC Setter of the Week.
When asked about the team effort, Kerman said, “I think our wins this last week were truly team wins. Everyone on and off the court made contributions that led to our success. The chemistry between us is palpable and our play shows it.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Warriors played their third GSAC match against San Diego Christian College in Santee, California. The Warriors dropped the first two sets, but turned the game around, coming out with a win and an overall match score of 3-2.
Speaking on the match from Tuesday night, Kerman said, “After dropping the first two sets, we had to turn around our lethargic playing into something effective.” Kerman believed that travel was to blame for the slow and rusty beginning to the match.
She gave credit to the returners, saying, “I would like to commend the efforts of the returners on the court for keeping composure and confidence in a tense situation.”
Kerman gave a special shoutout to fourth-year libero Maddy Morrison, saying that she “was an excellent leader on the court, making phenomenal defensive plays and instilling confidence within us that we can win this match.”
The Warriors were quick to turn the match around, tallying a total of 70 kills, 114 digs, 68 assists, eight blocks, and six aces throughout the five sets. Kerman led the Warriors in kills once again with 17 as second-year middle hitter Lexi Malone and fourth-year outside hitter Brooklynn Cheney did their part, scoring 13 and 11 kills respectively. Setters Dunn and second-year Keelyn Kistner did their part by gaining a total of 60 assists.
This win puts the Warriors at an overall record of 6-0 and a GSAC record of 3-0. The Warriors plan to face these teams once again throughout conference games in hopes of advancing to the national championships that will be held in Sioux City, Iowa, at the end of April.