Win over the Warriors

Biola volleyball remains perfect in home conference matches with a 3-0 win over William Jessup.

Dale Fredriks, Writer

Fresh off their win against Menlo College last night, the first home Golden State Athletic Conference match, the Biola volleyball team continued the streak with a 3-0 sweep of the William Jessup University Warriors. The Eagles move to 13-5 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in conference play so far.

Games one and three proved near mirrors of each other, with Biola dominating in all aspects of the game. Both games ended in a score of 25-13 in Biola’s favor, and both contained huge runs from the Eagles in the middle of the set to put the games out of reach for the Warriors.

The first set finished on three consecutive Warriors errors, while the third set had a more satisfying conclusion. The final three points came thanks to a pair of kills from sophomore opposite Stephanie Jewett, followed by an ace from freshman defensive specialist Kaitlin O’Brien. Jewett finished the match with nine kills, tied for best on the team with sophomore outside Hannah van Warmerdam, while O’Brien led Biola in aces, with four on the afternoon.

The second set had the closest competition as it seemed an entirely different William Jessup team stepped onto the court. Biola had an early 5-0 lead, but the Warriors answered with seven straight points of their own, and kept the score close for the entirety of the game. The game had seven instances of a tie score, until Biola cracked 20 points to finally rally together and get the 25-21 win.

“I think that in any situation, if you, for one moment, take your foot off the gas and leave the door open a little bit, people are gonna walk right through,” said head coach Aaron Seltzer. “We’re also young, and at times we lose our minds. But I thought they did a good job of eventually working through it and figuring out a way to come back and finish it out.”

Biola heads on the road for two games, as they face The Master’s University Mustangs on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., followed by a match against the No. 3 ranked Westmont College Warriors on Sept. 24, also at 7 p.m.

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