By Daniel Cross, Sports Information Graduate Intern
RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University fell in three sets to the Lions of Lindenwood University Wednesday night.
CBU lost to the Lions 30-28, 25-20, 25-19, the last time the Lancers lost to the Lions was on April 18, 2009 in the NAIA National Tournament.
"Tonight was a really tough night for us," said Interim Head Coach Allan Vince. "We came out real strong in the first set, but Lindenwood kept the pressure on us the whole match. We didn't come out as strong as Lindenwood did and it showed in tonights match."
In a mirror image of last night's opening set, the Lancers and the Lions went into it again as the score went the distance. The Lancers came out swinging delivering thunderous kills from Aaron McCalmont and Kristopher Johnson, but the Lions would not back down. Late in the game the Lancers fired off six straight points to take a commanding lead at 22-18. The Lions would continue to cut into the lead and with a couple big kills they took the first set.
The Lancers hit .083 with 16 kills on 48 attempts and 12 attacking errors, while the Lions hit .116 with 13 kills on 43 attempts and eight attacking errors. Johnson led the Lancers with three kills on six attempts hitting .333.
The score was tied 12 times and changed hands three times throughout the first set.
Neither team led by more than two points for the majority of the second set. It wasn't until 21-18 where the Lions took the largest lead of the set at three points. The Lions continued to pour on the pressure and finished the second set with a kill from Michael Adams.
The Lancers hit .176 with 14 kills on 34 attempts, while the Lions hit a game high .333 with 14 kills on 30 attempts. The score was tied nine times and changed hands three times in the set.
The Lions out-blocked the Lancers 8-4.
With the momentum on the Lions side, the Lancers were unable to climb their way out of a deficit. The Lions led by as much as six, but the Lancers would cut into the lead and bring it within three points at 24-21. After a kill by Adams the Lions would take the set and the match.
The Lancers finished hitting .171 with 44 kills on 117 attempts, while the Lions hit .243 with 44 kills on 115 attempts.
The Lancers out-dug the Lions 46-43.
"We need to just take this as a learning experience and move on from it," said Vince. "It's very tough to swallow, but this is one of those games you learn from and never let it happen again."
The Lancers move to 11-15 on the season and will play in the Van Dyne Gym on April 3 at 7 pm.