RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University closed out a successful week with yet another sweep, scoring the team’s third straight-set victory in as many days.
The Lancers defeated Academy of Art for the second time this year, winning 25-19, 25-20, 25-14 Saturday night.
“It was a really big thing for us to close out the week like this,” said CBU Head Coach Branden Higa. “You never know how your team will react to three-straight matches like this, but we played solid and consistent throughout this series. That says a lot about the team and how hard they’ve worked through the season and in the off-season.”
CBU used runs of five and four points late in the first set to open with a win and then pulled ahead early in the second to keep the momentum going and take a 2-0 lead.
From there the Lancer attack only picked up steam, hitting .333 in the third to win by 11. CBU hit .269 on the night, posting its second-straight match with a better than .260 attacking clip.
“When our entire team is working for each other, it allows our hitting percentage to be that high,” said Higa. “Middles are working hard to be up and draw blockers, which opens things up for everyone else.”
Jenna Perry yet again led the Lancers on the attack, hitting .692 on her nine kills. She had no errors on the night for the second straight match. Jelena Dragovic also hit over .600, posting a .667 with seven kills.
The Lancers took the win handily without having a player eclipse the 10-kill mark as four players had six or more strikes.
CBU held Art U to a .082 hitting percentage, with the Urban Knights hitting -.056 in the final game.
The win moves the Lancers to 12-6 overall, 9-1 in the PacWest and drops Art U to 8-10, 4-6. CBU heads out on the road next week for a trio of matches in Hawaii.