Tuesday night, the Golden Eagles' volleyball squad returned to action to face WHAC competitor, Aquinas College, for a non-conference match. Cornerstone bounced back from their loss to No. 4 Biola University in Irvine, Calif., with a 3-1 victory at Aquinas (25-27, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21). Cornerstone is now 3-7 overall while Aquinas falls to 1-2 overall.
After a back and forth set one, Aquinas took the first set of the match on Tuesday night. The Saints controlled the score with a 24-22 advantage but the Golden Eagles answered with three points of their own to take the 25-24 lead off a service ace by Chelsea Lake. However, Aquinas answered with a three straight points and took the set. Cornerstone totaled a team 20 kills in the opening set while Aquinas tallied 16 kills and had their best attacking percentage of the night (.350).
The second set went in favor of Cornerstone 25-21. After a strong kill by Cailie Johsnon (from Kim Weaver) the Golden Eagles took their biggest lead of the set, 21-16. Aquinas answered with their own set of points to pull within two points but Cornerstone wouldn't let their opponents get any closer taking the second set to even the match 1-1.
During the third set, the Golden Eagles rode their momentum and attacked at a .444 attacking percentage, the highest of the night. With a four point streak, Cornerstone took a 19-13 lead and rode the dominate performance to win the third set, 25-15. The Golden Eagles had their best defensive performance during the third set, allowing the Saints to attack at a .000 percentage.
The fourth and final set, Cornerstone rode the wave notching 21 kills while the Saints only tallied 11 kills and attacked at a .186 percentage. After finding themselves behind 17-16, the Golden Eagles answered with three points to give them the 19-17 advantage and took the fourth set to win the match with the final score rendering 25-21.
Leading the Way
Cailie Johnson held the game-high 21 kills while Chelsea Lake tallied 17 and Becky Albrecht added 11 kills. Four Golden Eagles were in double-digit figures in the dig category with senior Abby Miedema leading the way with 20 digs. The senior also led all players with her 20 digs. Libby Webber had five blocks while Weaver totaled 57 assists. Johnson and Lake chipped in with two aces respectively as well.
Cornerstone will host their first home matches on Friday, Sept. 13, when they welcome Indiana University-South Bend and Grace Bible College. The matches are set for 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Mol Arena.
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