Volleyball rolls over Dominican

Eagles pick up a dominant straight-set win.

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Volleyball rolls over Dominican

Photo by Abram Hammer / THE CHIMES

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Photo by Abram Hammer / THE CHIMES

Photo by Abram Hammer / THE CHIMES

Joel Ashor, Sports Editor

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Volleyball traveled north to take on Dominican University Friday in a PacWest matchup, and picked up a dominant sweep of the Penguins led by a very efficient night from all the Eagles’ hitters.

The first set went well from the beginning for Biola, as they scored the first five points, led by two kills from redshirt sophomore outside hitter Christina DenBoer. Another DenBoer kill later in the set made the score 18-9, and they fought off a late push from Dominican to take the set 25-22 on a kill from junior outside hitter Sabrina Winslow.

The Penguins showed more of that fight in the second set as well, despite the Eagles taking an early 9-2 lead on a smash from sophomore middle blocker Bekah Roth. Biola had a chance to put the set away at 24-19, but a five-point run from Dominican made things scary late. However, back-to-back Penguins hitting errors ended the set 26-24 in favor of the Eagles.

Pushing for the sweep, the Eagles absolutely dominated the third set, jumping to a quick 16-5 lead on several kills from senior opposite hitter Karly Dantuma. Biola continued to push, and senior middle blocker Sierra Bauder tallied kills on two of the last five points as they picked up the statement match-ending win 25-7.

DenBoer led the offense with 14 kills, followed by Bauder with 11. Senior setter Brinley Beresford and sophomore setter Vanessa Garcia both put up 17 assists, and sophomore libero Sami Hover tallied 16 digs.

The Eagles (20-6, 16-3 PacWest) remain a half game out of first place in the conference standings. They continue play at Notre Dame de Namur University Saturday at 3 p.m.