Volleyball sweeps Hope International University

Mireille Minassian, Staff Writer

Last Thursday, the Westmont women’s volleyball team played a double-header against Hope International University, where they swept the Royals in a clean 3-0 set win during both of their games. 

During the first match, the Warriors came out strong, winning the first two sets 25-15 and winning the third 25-22. Notable stats from the Warriors include 43 total kills. First-year outside hitter Jessie Terlizzi had 13, fourth-year outside hitter Hali Galloway had eight, and second-year middle hitter Lexi Malone had six. 

Fourth-year opposite hitter, Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Offensive Player of the Week, and leader of the team’s kills this season, Patty Kerman was out during these two games, which forced the Warriors to step up offensively, which proved not to be an issue. 

Third-year setter Sydny Dunn had 18 assists as second-year setter Keelyn Kistner had 17. Additionally, fourth-year libero Madison Morrsion gathered 15 digs as fourth-year outside hitter and defensive specialist Brooklynn Cheney had 12.

When asked about the team’s success, Cheney responded, “As a team collectively, we kept giving our full effort to every ball, whether it was offensively or defensively.” 

Similarly, Morrison said, “We all take advantage of our mistakes as opportunities to grow and become better athletes. We really used what we do in practice in games and a lot of the credit goes out to the coaches.” 

In the second match, the Warriors came out on top with a 3-0 win, this time with 25-15, 25-20 and 25-21 wins. Malone scored 13 kills as first-year hitters Jordan Cusator and Phoebe Minch collectively scored 17 kills and first-year defensive specialist Lilian Reininga had 26 digs. 

When asked about the match, Morrison responded, “We’ve had so many ups and downs this year with [COVID-19] and not being able to play consistently, so I really wanted to take advantage of the time we get.” She also gave a shout-out to the team, claiming, “I was also really proud of the encouragement that is facilitated on this team. It really helps us to be confident going into every match.”

With the numerous match cancellations, Morrison said, “My team and I really focused on being present and in the moment and I think that’s what made us so successful during the match.” 

As of this week, the Warriors hold a 10-0 overall record and winning streak, and they are looking ahead to the National Championship tournament in the near future. 

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