Doing it against an Azusa Pacific team that had won eight straight matches, after California Baptist University had dropped four of its last five was just what the doctor ordered Saturday afternoon for the Lancers.
CBU handed the Cougars the 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) loss less than 24 hours after falling in a hard fought four set match to Fresno Pacific.
"This win meant a lot to our team," said CBU Head Coach Branden Higa. "I can't say enough about this teams' ability to rebound from the match last night. To be able come in and be focused against a really good APU team says a lot."
The Lancers hit progressively better as the match wore on, getting three players in double figures for kills and hitting .354 as a team. It was the third best attack percentage of the season for CBU.
The Lancers needed just nine kills in the opening set to get the win, posting six blocks in the opening game and inducing 10 APU errors.
CBU would rip 35 kills in the next two games, finishing things off with a scorching .515 hitting percentage in the final set.
"I thought Jordyn Siko set a really good match," said Higa. "To see three players hitting well over .400 is a great number. I also thought Malika O'Brien was huge, especially in that third set. We found her offensively in the third and she lit it up to help us close this out down the stretch."
O'Brien had seven kills in the final game. She finished with a team high 11 and hit .550 to lead all players. Siko posted 34 assists in the three set match.
The Lancers were up by as much as six in the final game, but the Cougars stormed back to take a 21-20 lead. The go-ahead point was the last APU would score on the day.
A Cougar service error evened things up again and Ingrid Carmona and O'Brien ripped back-to-back kills. After an APU timeout Carmona shot another ball cross court for a kill and Faith Steinwedell finished things off hitting a ball over the Cougar block.
Carmona and Steinwedell each had 10 kills on the day.
CBU out-blocked the Cougars 11-4 in the match, with O'Brien leading the way at seven.
The win moves the Lancers to 17-7 overall, 10-4 PacWest to stay ahead of both Grand Canyon and APU for third in the conference standings. The Cougars fall to 19-8, 9-6.
CBU has two more matches remaining on the season, hosting both Dominican and Holy Names next week.
"We're excited to be finishing the season at home in front of our fans," said Higa. "We're still working on getting better each match and that's what we're going to try to do against those teams. We aren't done working yet."