Volleyball dominates the Hawks

Mireille Minassian, Staff Writer

This past weekend, Westmont’s volleyball team faced the San Diego Christian Hawks in two games held on Friday and Saturday evening where they dominated on all boards. They advanced their overall record to 13-0 and their conference record to 10-0.

Emotions and excitement were high as the Warriors celebrated Senior Night on Friday. The ladies cheered on their phenomenal three senior teammates — outside hitter Hali Galloway, libero Madison Morrison, and outside hitter/defensive specialist Brooklynn Cheney — prior to the first match.

During the first match, the Warriors dropped the first set, losing 25-21, but quickly regrouped and won the following three sets 25-9, 25-22 and 25-18. Second-year middle hitter Lexi Malone led the Warriors with 15 kills as Galloway and first-year Jessie Terlizzi did their part by assisting with nine and 12 kills, respectively. 

When asked how she felt before the game, Terlizzi responded, “My thoughts going into that game was to compete as if it could be our last game, while keeping in mind that winning that game would get us one step closer to our end goal of winning a national championship.” She added, “I also think, along with all my other teammates, we were more inspired to win that game specifically because it was our Senior Night and we wanted to play for them.” 

Additionally, second-year setter Keelyn Kistner had 28 assists as third-year setter Sydny Dunn had 22. This week, Kistner won the Golden State Athletic Conference’s (GSAC) Setter of the Week title for the second time this season. Even better, Kistner’s teammates Malone and Morrison won the remaining GSAC awards of the week. 

Saturday evening’s match was much quicker as the Warriors flew through the three sets, winning 25-15, 25-12 and 25-17. The same three hitters continued the previous night’s kill streak — Malone with eight, Terlizzi with seven and Galloway with six. Third-year middle hitter Kaylee Ivie had an impressive seven blocks, Kistner had 14 assists and Galloway had 22 digs. 

When asked about the team’s strengths during the two games against San Diego Christian, Kistner replied, “We work together to win points and sideout as quickly as possible. What my team has done to become so successful this past season is having a strong defense.” 

The Warriors play their next game on Friday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m  against Azusa Pacific University. 

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