El Cajon, Calif.—The home opener for the San Diego Christian College volleyball team went as planned for first year coach Rob Lisama, as the Lady Hawks swept the match from Pacific Union College 25-18, 25-22, 25-18. The win is the first for Lisama on the SDCC (1-3) bench.


 "The things we worked on over the past two weeks really showed today, "said Head Coach Rob Lisama. "We focused on their overall energy and competiveness and tonight they were in on every play, they went for every ball they could, and the overall attitude and hustle was exciting to watch."


In the first game, SDCC fell behind initially before the Lady Hawks rattled off three consecutive points with Lauren Phillips serving. SDCC continued to build the lead slowly, before a 5-0 run late in the game gave the Lady Hawks a commanding 19-10 advantage. After PUC went on a small run, Phillips ended the game with a kill and a 25-18 win.


Game two saw PUC take the lead early and build the lead to 13-8 before Lisama called a timeout to break the momentum. Out of the timeout, SDCC responded with a 5-0 run behind Shelby Broberg serving and tied the game at 13-13. Both teams went back and forth before PUC grabbed a 22-19 lead late. Lisama again called timeout and again the Lady Hawks responded. This time, with Juliana Gutknecht serving, SDCC reeled off six straight points to take game two.


The Lady Hawks jumped up early in game three and never looked back, cruising to the 25-18 victory.


SDCC was led by Gutknecht's 9 kills, while Rachel Allen added 8 kills and Phillips had 7. Cassidy Mertens and Aleka Estrada combined for 28 assists. As a team, SDCC tallied 8 blocks.


"This was a complete team win," said Assistant Coach Ron Brown. "Even the girls that were on the bench were vocal and competitive. It was a great team victory."


"We have been preaching that everyone on the team has a role, everyone has a part," said Lisama, echoing Brown's comments. "It is crucial in success for everyone to play that role and own that part."


While the initial win is nice, both Lisama and Brown noted that consistency and cutting down on mental mistakes are key moving forward.


"Before conference play, we need to work on solidifying our offense and our starting rotation," said Lisama. "We are still working on chemistry and continue to grow in working together."


SDCC continues play Labor Day Weekend at the Asics/Wyndham Hotel Labor Day Classic hosted by Concordia University.