Volleyball defeats Holy Names University

The Eagles soar above the Hawks in their first PacWest win of the season, 3-1.

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Volleyball defeats Holy Names University

Senior outside hitter Becca Branch serves the ball.

Senior outside hitter Becca Branch serves the ball.

Senior outside hitter Becca Branch serves the ball.

Senior outside hitter Becca Branch serves the ball.

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Biola volleyball took to Oakland, California on Friday to compete against Holy Names University, where the Eagles came away victorious 3-1. In their first PacWest conference victory of the season, they won four tight sets: 25-20, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22.

Biola was in control right from the start by creating an 8-1 lead, which would ultimately lead them to a first match win, 25-20. However, HNU kept it close, and the Hawks carried that same intensity into the second set. The Eagles were unable to match their first set energy, and Holy Names took set two, 16-25.

KILLS AND DIGS

Senior outside hitter Sabrina Winslow turned the switch around back in favor of the Eagles. Winslow recorded 12 kills on 26 swings for the night. Her kills were the deciding factor in matches three and four, 25-20, 25-22, as one of her 12 kills reached the HNU side and were unreturnable as a Hawk attack flew out of bounds. Junior libero Sami Hover stepped up to lock the game down for her Eagles. Hover tallied up 23 digs for the night, making it her 19th 20 or over dig performance in her collegiate career for BU. Their team effort brought the Eagles to victory over HNU.

Senior outside hitter Becca Branch contributed to the Eagles win with stellar defense and a season high 17 digs. Junior middle blocker Bekah Roth and freshman middle hitter Raegan Tjepkema both ended the night with eight kills in the Eagles’  win over Holy Names.

Biola will head to San Francisco, California on Saturday Sept. 21 in a match up against the Academy of Art at 3 p.m.