By Daniel Cross, Sports Information Graduate Intern
RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University took on old NAIA rival Lindenwood University in a tough four set match.
CBU beat the Lions 35-33, 18-25, 25-22, 25-19, this marks the 14th straight win against the Lions in the Van Dyne Gym.
In a very long and controversial first set the Lancers had a hitting percentage of .152 with 16 kills on 46 attempts, while the Lions hit .176 with 21 kills on 51 attempts. The Lancers came out strong with a quick lead at 6-2, but the Lions would fire off two big kills and a huge block to bring the score within one at 6-5. The Lions would rally off four-straight points to take their first lead of the set at 10-9. For the rest of the game neither team led by more than two points. The Lions had a chance to put the game away at 24-22, but the Lancers wouldn't give up and would take the set after a hard fought battle.
The score was tied an amazing 21 times and changed hands 10 times in the opening set.
The Lancers out-blocked the Lions 7-4.
In the second game, the Lancers hit a game low .062, while the Lions recorded a game high .444. The Lancers had 11 kills on 32 attempts and forced nine errors, while the Lions tallied 13 kills on 27 attempts and forced only one error. The Lions took advantage of their firepower and gained momentum in the second set leading by as much as seven.
The score was never tied nor did it change hands throughout the second set.
The Lancers took the momentum back from the Lions in game three with a .286 hitting percentage. The Lancers came out strong with a quick lead at 3-0 after two huge kills from Kristopher Johnson and Daniel Freitas. The Lions took the lead at 18-17, but after an attack error from the Lions and a powerful service ace from Daniel Quinn the Lancers regained the lead at 20-18. The Lancers would never lose the lead from that point on and the Lions would finish hitting .185.
The score was tied 11 times and changed hands six times.
In the final set of the match the Lancers recorded a game high .333, while the Lions hit a game low .037. The Lancers tallied 54 kills on 137 attempts, while the Lions had 54 kills on 132 attempts.
Lancer Daniel Quinn finished hitting .300 with three digs and two blocks. Johnson finished hitting .300 as well with six blocks.
Connor Metcalfe recorded 49 assists on the night.
The Lancers move to 11-14 on the season and will play the Lions again Wednesday night at 7 pm.