Flightless Eagles fall to the Warriors

Volleyball loses in a shutout to the powerhouse Westmont College Warriors.

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Dale Fredriks, Writer

Not even the large crowd drawn by the free Cotsco pizza could help Biola volleyball as they fell short against the No. 1 ranked Westmont College Warriors on Oct. 26. Westmont came in 27-0 on the season and certainly played like it, dispatching the Eagles in straight sets to move Biola’s overall record to 19-9 and Golden State Athletic Conference record to 10-3.

The first set started poorly for Biola, as head coach Aaron Seltzer unfortunately submitted the wrong lineup to the referees, and the Eagles could not figure out where they were supposed to be on the court the entire set. This resulted in three out-of-rotation calls and general confusion, leading to a 25-11 first-set loss.

“Unfortunately, I really put them behind the eight ball on this one,” Seltzer said. “So we will have to pick ourselves up and do our best tomorrow night.”

The second set featured a corrected lineup and much better play from Biola. The Eagles had Westmont’s lead down to only one point as late as 18-19, but the Warriors took six of the last eight points to shut down any chance of a Biola comeback.

The third set finished nearly as forgettable as the first, as Westmont dominated while Biola again struggled to find any offensive momentum. The Eagles finished the final set with 10 kills and eight errors off 37 attacks for a .054 kill percentage. Westmont’s .375 kill percent off 14 kills, two errors and 32 attempts spearheaded them to a 25-14 win.

Biola next faces the Life Pacific College Warriors on Oct. 26 inside Chase Gymnasium, starting at 7 p.m.

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