Bring out the brooms

The Biola Eagles volleyball team swept both Arizona Christian and Chapman this past week.



Dale Fredriks, Writer

Biola’s volleyball team had a relatively low frequency week in terms of matches, playing only two games this past week. The Eagles faced the Arizona Christian University Firestorm on Sept. 9, beating the Golden State Athletic Conference competitors in straight sets. Then, Biola came home on Sept. 13 and faced the Chapman University Panthers, also winning three sets to none. Biola moved to 11-5 for the season.

A Rough Start

The first set started out rough for the Eagles, as the Firestorm held the lead until as late as 20-19. At that point, they committed four consecutive errors to give Biola the 23-20 lead, which Biola turned into a set win with two quick kills.

Set two proved much easier for Biola, as a huge 10-point run put them up 17-7, where they cruised to the 25-16 set win. The final set ended up with the Eagles taking it 25-19, after winning five of the last six points.

Freshman outside Alyx Dunham finished with 11 kills, the most for Biola. Sophomore opposite Karly Dantuma had 10 of her own and sophomore opposite Stephanie Jewett had a team-high .800 kill percent off her eight kills from 10 attempts with zero errors.

Lighting Up the Court

The Eagles then faced the Chapman Panthers, a NCAA Div III team Biola volleyball had not played against in 10 years. That did nothing to stop the Biola offense from lighting up the court on the way to the 3-0 match win.  

Biola hit a solid .227 kill percentage on the night, led by an incredible 19 kills from Dantuma. The outside hitter received over 35 percent of all of Biola’s sets for the game, and put away just under half of her attempts. Dunham came next in kills for the Eagles, earning seven of her 21 attempts.

The Eagles return to GSAC competition on Sept. 16, when they face the Menlo College Oaks in Chase Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

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