Haven Luper-Jasso // THE CHIMES
Biola dominated Dominican University of California in Thursday night’s doubleheader and defeated them on both occasions, 3-0, at Chase Gymnasium to give their head coach Aaron Seltzer 500 career wins.
The Eagles collected 85 kills, 19 aces and 13 blocks in the doubleheader. In the first game (25-17, 25-22, 25-12), Biola hit .245%, while in game two they hit .317%. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Dominique Kirton ended the night with a total of 23 kills and three aces. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Abigail Copeland finished the doublehead with 10 kills and seven blocks. Graduate student Vanessa Garcia had 37 assists in the doubleheader.
In game one, defensive trio Copeland, redshirt freshman Dani Bryant and redshirt freshman Allie Tillery subdued Dominicans’ offense as they blocked many potential plays. Behind the service line, Biola’s execution was precise, collecting 12 aces. Graduate defensive specialist Sami Hover earned four aces and Kirton three aces. The Eagles took advantage of Dominican’s error in the third set and went up 13 points.
Biola earned its seventh consecutive win (25-14, 25-14, 24-15) in the final match of the doubleheader. With this win, Biola now has 11 consecutive set wins. Although Biola showcased dominant skills, they were down in the scoreboard occasionally. However, they managed to come back and increase their points significantly. In all three sets, Biola had a lead of 10 or more points.
With the doubleheader sweeps, Biola is now 16-7 overall and 12-3 in PacWest Conference. Volleyball’s next game is against Holy Names University on Saturday at 3 p.m in Chase Gymnasium. Footage from the match is available on the Biola Athletics website.