On Friday and Saturday, the Golden Eagles volleyball squad participated in the Asics/Wyndham Labor Day Classic located in Irvine, California, to finish their 10 day trip out west. Cornerstone finished the tournament dropping all four matches against No. 1 Concordia (CA), No. 9 The Master's College, RV Vanguard University and No. 4 Biola University. The Golden Eagles fall to 2-7 overall and will head back to Grand Rapids finishing their non-conference matches.
On Friday Cornerstone face two national powerhouses, No. 1 Concordia and No. 9 The Master's College. In game one, Concordia swept the Golden Eagles (25-19, 25-21, 25-16). In the second match of the day, Cornerstone fell another three set match to the No. 9 Master's College (25-18, 25-23, 25-23).
Megan Newhouse and Chelsea Lake held the team-high six kills during Friday's match-up against Concordia while Kim Weaver dished out 19 assists against Concordia and 28 assists against The Master's College. The team tallied a total of 12 blocks in both matches with 9 blocks against Concordia. The Golden Eagles highest attacking percentages occurred during the first set against The Masters with a .333 percentage.
On Saturday Cornerstone had to face two more nationally recognized opponents. The first match of the day was against RV Vanguard University but the Golden Eagles were unable to win a set dropping 3-0. The second match and last of the tournament for the Golden Eagles was against No. 4 Biola University. Cornerstone took set one but was unable to hold the lead losing the final three sets (25-23, 16-25, 19-25, 10-25). With Saturday's results, the Golden Eagles are now 0-4 against nationally ranked opponents this season.
Cornerstone was led on Saturday by Cailie Johnson and Kim Weaver's nine kills against Vanguard University while Abby Miedema led in the dig category with 15 coming against the opponent. The Golden Eagles attacked with a .345 pace in the first set victory against the No. 4 team in the country. Weaver dished out 29 assists while the team totaled 10 blocks in the second match of the day.
Coming up, the Golden Eagles return to Grand Rapids and face Aquinas College on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a non-conference match. The Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Aquinas.