Volleyball swept by top-15 team

Western Washington made quick work of the Eagles, who suffered their first sweep of the season.


Senior opposite hitter Karly Dantuma attempts a kill during the Eagles’ game against Western Washington on Sept. 1. Courtesy of George Rodriguez/Biola Athletics

Austin Green, Managing Editor

After beating previously No. 19-ranked Northwest Nazarene University twice over a five-day span, Biola volleyball looked for another victory over a ranked team when it faced No. 15 Western Washington University Saturday.

However, the Eagles were overpowered this time around, losing in three straight sets to the Vikings as both teams continued play in the NCAA West Region Showcase at Azusa Pacific University.

WWU outhit Biola .312-.140 and had 45 kills to Biola’s 32. Senior opposite hitter Karly Dantuma was the only Eagle to reach double digits in kills with 10, while senior setter Brinley Beresford was held to just 12 assists.

The Vikings started the first set on fire, jumping out to a 9-3 lead. All early three points for Biola came on either kills or assists from Beresford. WWU kept on the pressure from there, scoring five unanswered to seal a 25-10 set win.

The Eagles looked much better in set two as Beresford, Dantuma and junior outside hitter Sabrina Winslow all recorded at least two kills. A kill from senior middle blocker Sierra Bauder gave Biola a 23-20 lead, but WWU again rattled off five straight points for a 25-23 win.

That would prove Biola’s best chance to provide a sweep as a combination of Eagles attack errors and Vikings kills gave WWU a 14-6 lead in set three. Biola never got closer than five points for the rest of the set, which WWU won 25-18 to seal the match victory.

The Eagles finish the showcase with a game against the Sonoma State University Seawolves at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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