Volleyball goes down 0-2 in Alaska

Biola enters into a slow start for their 2019 season opener.

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Volleyball goes down 0-2 in Alaska

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Andi Basista, Sports Editor

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The Eagles flew to Anchorage, Alaska to embark on the start of their NCAA division II season. Biola took on the Regis Rangers and Alaska Anchorage at the Alaska Airlines Center. Despite their best efforts, the Eagles were defeated in both of their games 3-1, starting the season 0-2.

SLUGGISH START

Game one against Regis was a tough start with Biola hitting in the negative during the first set. However, the team fought back during the next couple of sets to bring themselves back into the game. Senior outside hitter Sabrina Winslow lead her team in hits, racking up 15 kills and five of Biola’s eight blocks. Junior middle blocker Bekah Roth contributed to the Eagles fight with eight kills of her own.

The girls kept it close with Regis, scoring 44 kills to their 46. However, the Rangers committed 20 less attacking errors than Biola along with posting a higher team hitting percentage, .254 compared to the Eagles’ .063. Ultimately the Rangers’ maturity led them to victory over the Eagles’ young team, 3-1.

CONTINUED STRUGGLE

The Eagles went into their next match up against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves looking to bounce back from the previous defeat. However, they struggled to find a rhythm to make any headway. The Eagles prevailed as they won the second set. Winslow’s ace swung the set the Eagles’ way, 26-24.

Junior setter Vanessa Garcia’s presence was made known on both the offensive and defensive end, racking up 29 assists along with her career-high 15 digs. Junior libero Sami Hover ended the night with 29 digs. 

Biola fell apart when their team combined 11 attack errors caught up to them. The Eagles won the dig contest 68-59, however, the Seawolves came out with the overall victory, 3-1.

The Eagles will return to play on Saturday Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.