Volleyball rolls to NCCAA championship game

The Eagles dominate with two more wins to punch their ticket to the title game.

Joel Ashor, Sports Editor

Volleyball returned to action for the second consecutive day at the NCCAA championships on Friday, and just like the previous day, they overpowered both their opponents en route to sweeps of Campbellsville University and Southwestern Assemblies of God University. With the win against SAGU, the Eagles clinched a spot in Saturday’s title game.

The Eagles got off to a quick start in their first game of the day against Campbellsville, as junior outside hitter Sabrina Winslow continued her excellent hitting from the day before, racking up an astounding eight kills to start the first set and push Biola ahead 18-14. They closed the set out 25-22 in a close battle.

The second set was much different, as Biola jumped ahead early and never looked back, hitting their way to a 25-10 set two victory.

The Eagles booked a spot in the semifinal game with another convincing set win as they took the third set 25-16.

Winslow led the offense with 15 kills, followed by senior middle blocker Sierra Bauder with eight. Senior setter Brinley Beresford tallied 18 assists and sophomore libero Sami Hover recorded a whopping 17 digs.

Biola took on SAGU in their second game of the day, and they got off to a good start in the first set, forcing their will at the net as they picked up a set-clinching block to take the first set 25-15.

The offense kicked into gear in the second set, as senior opposite hitter Karly Dantuma smashed a kill for a 13-6 lead. They pushed the lead to 20-15 on a tip from sophomore setter Vanessa Garcia, and they closed the set out 25-18.

In the third set, the Eagles took care of business, as they advanced to the championship game on a kill from Bauder to take the set 25-20.

Sophomore middle blocker Bekah Roth tallied 10 kills, while redshirt sophomore outside hitter Christina DenBoer picked up nine kills. Garcia and Beresford each put up 16 assists and Hover recorded another 18 digs.

The Eagles will play in the championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday against the winner of a semifinal game later Friday night.  

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