Azusa holds back Warriors in three

Westmont Volleyball (10-15, 8-9 GSAC) made its last road trip of the year on Tuesday to take on the seventh-ranked Azusa Pacific (26-6, 13-4). The Warriors lost in three closely contested games 25-22, 25-21, 35-33.

Kayta Goyich led the Warriors with 11 kills while posting a .280 attack percentage. Madison Serrano added another 10 kills, Tessa Martin tallied eight and Ciara Turner pounded down seven.

Westmont started out strong in the first set, jumping out to a 9-1 lead. Azusa Pacific, however, battled back to tie the game at 17. Still tied at 22, the Cougars claimed game one on a Westmont attack error and two kills by Jackie Landers who collected a match-high 22 kills.

The second game was a near mirror image. The Cougars scored the first 11 points of the game, but the Warriors charged back to pull within one point at 22-21. The next three points, however, went to the Cougars to make it a 2-0 match.

The third set was the longest of the year for the Warriors. Down 24-18, Westmont reeled off six straight points to fend of six match-points and tie the game at 24-all. In all, the Cougars would need 10 match-points to put an end to the marathon set and claim the victory.

The Warriors will conclude the season on Saturday when they host #16 Concordia (17-8, 9-8) at seven o’clock at Murchison Gymnasium.

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