After coming off the weekend finishing 2-2 at the Westminster Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Cornerstone University volleyball squad continued their west coast trip to take on the number 16 team in the country, Westmont College.
The Westmont Warriors used a strong attack and a solid defense to down Cornerstone, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-23). After Tuesday night's tough non-confernce battle, the Golden Eagles drop to 2-3 overall. The Warriors advance to 6-0 overall during the 2013 season.
The Golden Eagles were led by Cailie Johnson with 11 kills attacking at a .360 percentage and Megan Newhouse with 10 kills (.318 attack percentage). Abby Miedema recorded the game-high 14 digs while Newhouse was also in double-digit figures with 10 digs. Kim Weaver dished out 27 assists in addition to seven digs on the night.
For the match, Westmont hit .317 with 40 kills and also added 36 digs. Cornerstone attacked at a .185 clip and led the Warriors, 47-36, in digs.
Westmont was able to capitalize on numerous Cornerstone errors during the first set to take a 10-4 lead. The Golden Eagles were able to chip away at the Warrior's lead and pull to within two points. However, Westmont was too strong and took the first set after a kill by Madison Serrano.
During set two, Westmont hit at a .412 attacking pace placing them enroot to a 15-6 advantage. The Warriors would not look back, only committing just two attack errors and connecting on 16 kills. The nationally ranked Warriors would take set two, 25-14.
With the match on the line, Cornerstone came out much stronger compared to sets one and two. After an early 6-3 lead for Westmont, the Golden Eagles were able to even the score at seven. The score would remain within two points until both teams were even at 20 a-piece. Kills by Newhouse and Johnson gave Cornerstone the lead. However, after a few Golden Eagle errors the set and match ended with a kill by Ciara Turner to give Westmont the 25-23 win.
Cornerstone will remain on the west coast and compete at the ASICS/Wyndham Labor Day Tournament in Irvine, California. The tournament will be hosted by Concordia (Calif.) on Friday and Saturday. The Golden Eagles will face #1 Concordia University (Calif.) at noon and #9 The Master's College at 6 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Cornerstone will play (RV) Vanguard at 4 p.m. and #4 Biola University at 8 p.m. All game times are on Eastern Standard Time but subject to change.
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