Prescott, AZ - On Friday afternoon, Arizona Christian Women's Volleyball began its season and the coaching tenure of Head Coach Micah Briscoe in grand fashion as won both matches in straight sets at the Embry-Riddle Invitational. Senior Debbie White notched a combined 18 kills.
Opening their season against Johnson & Wales (CO), the Firestorm (2-0) came out swinging as they allowed just a single tie in the first two sets (7-7 in the first set). The third set was a different story as the Wildcats (0-5) surrendered the first point of the set before grabbing the next four points. ACU moved back in front at 6-5 before ties at 6-6, 7-7, and 9-9. However, a kill by Freshman Stephanie Anguelsky sparked a 10-3 run and Arizona Christian remained in front the remainder of the match. ACU won in three with scores of 25-14, 25-12, 25-19.
White led the charge with nine kills and 10 digs in against JWU. Freshman Kaitlyn Streltzoff concluded her first collegiate match with six kills and 10 digs of her own.
In match two of the day, Arizona Christian faced off with Haskell Indian Nations from Kansas. Down 5-3 in the first set, the Firestorm responded with a 6-0 run started by kills from Streltzoff and Senior Hailey Carpenter along with a service ace by Senior Kinsey Pease to move ahead for good in the set.
Once again behind 5-3 in set two, ACU rattled off five straight points to grab the lead. Following ties of 9-9 and then 22-22, an ace from White and kill by Anguelsky allowed ACU to hold on for the 25-23 set victory.
The third set was a tight affair until 8-8 when Senior Toria Siemens delivered two kills in a span of three points. Pease put away another ace and Streltzoff added a kill to put the Firestorm in cruise control with the score not closer than four points through the final whistle.
White replicated her nine kill and 10 dig effort in the day cap. Siemens came on strong with her nine kill total. Carpenter gave out 30 assists against HINU (a total of 48 on the day).
Defensively, Sophomore Delaney Harris topped with 13 digs. Pease was good for 10 digs.
Reflecting on sweeping his ACU debut, Coach Briscoe stated, "For our program to start off our season 2-0 speaks tremendously towards the effort that our whole team has put forth in practice. The competitive environment we strive for has forced all of our athletes to rise to the occasion, including two strong performances tonight from White and Siemens. We put together a balanced act with our offense and our defense and it paid off."
For the Firestorm, they begin a season 2-0 for the first time since 2014.
On Saturday, Arizona Christian will head right back to the Embry-Riddle campus in Prescott to challenge Antelope Valley and then host Embry-Riddle beginning at 4:00 pm.