On the second day of pool play at the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, No. 11 Westmont Volleyball (25-9) swept St. Francis (Ill.) (37-8) by set scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-14. The Warriors used a solid team effort to post an attack percentage of .305 while committing just 12 hitting errors.
"The team played a lot more relaxed after getting a game under our belt yesterday," said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. "We had a lot of people play well for us including freshman Sydney Striff who did well for us in the front row. Sydney has a live arm and we wanted to get her cracking before we came up against a big block tomorrow."
Striff and sophomore outside hitter Madison Serrano led the team with 12 kills each. Striff posted a hitting percentage of .321 while Serrano's hitting percentage was .333. Serrano also contributed 15 digs.
"Madison was playing very steady all the way around – in the front row and in the back row," said Cook. "(Kristin) Schroeder had an unbelievable game with 12 digs in the first set. Candice (Adema) and Ciara (Turner) also did a great job. Even the bench was enthusiastic and involved in the plays. It was a team effort."
Schroeder tallied 26 digs for the match while Adema recorded 40 assists. Turner notched 11 digs with an attack percentage of .360.
The Warriors started the first set a bit slow, trailing the Fighting Saints early on 9-5. Westmont caught St. Francis at 14, then finished the set with an 11-5 run.
"In the first set, we were figuring out tendencies and becoming more aggressive," said Cook. "We started to turn in on in the second half of the first set and went into attack mode.
Westmont took command of the second and third sets early on jumping out to a 10-5 lead in the second and a 9-5 lead in the third. St. Francis was not able to pull even with the Warriors in either set.
Tomorrow the Warriors will take on No. 2 Texas at Brownsville (UTB) in their final game of Pool B. In order to advance to the single elimination bracket, the Warriors will need to hand the Scorpions their second loss of the season. UTB narrowly defeated College of Idaho today in five sets.