Broncos buck off Biola

Volleyball bows out of the season after a loss to Hastings College in the round of 16.

Dale Fredriks, Writer

The postseason run for Biola’s volleyball team came to a close on Dec. 2 in the first round of bracket play. The No. 3 ranked Hastings College Broncos handed the Eagles a three-set defeat, their first three-set loss since Oct. 25 against the No. 1 ranked Westmont College Warriors.

Biola could not overcome the powerful Broncos’ offense, as they finished the match with an insane .352 kill percentage thanks to 41 kills on only 88 attacks with 10 errors. In contrast, Biola finished at a .122 kill percentage due to 30 kills on 90 attempts and 19 errors.

The only thing that kept the Eagles in the match at all was Hastings’ service errors. The Broncos accumulated 13 while Biola committed only five. But it seemed for every serving error Hastings had, they made up for it with a kill, block or ace as they led Biola in each of those categories.

The Eagles fought hard the whole match, losing the second set by only three points. Sophomore opposite Karly Dantuma tied with freshman outside Brooke Watts for most kills for the Eagles, as both finished with seven. Sophomore outside Hannah van Warmerdam contributed five kills and senior middle Olivia Sorensen made her presence known with four blocks.

With this loss, the Eagles ended their season with a total record of 26-11. Not only that, this marks the end of Biola volleyball’s career as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics competitor.