Phoenix, AZ- Junior Breanna Scott spearheaded the Arizona Christian attack as they finished off the Firestorm Invitational on Saturday with wins against Benedictine (KS) and Life Pacific. Scott completed the day with 34 kills and 21 digs to help ACU open their season with their best start in their recorded history.
The first set against the Ravens (7-2) was a back and forth effort that included the Firestorm (6-2) leading 7-2 before BC moved back ahead at 15-14. With the match locked at 22-22, Scott delivered a kill while Senior Hailey Carpenter closed out the set with a service ace.
Set two saw Benedictine take the lead at 7-6 and except one tie stay in front the rest of the set. The third set saw six ties up to 8-8 but the Ravens grabbed the next point and remained ahead.
In the fourth set, the Firestorm surrendered the first point but scored the next three moving in front on a block by Seniors Toria Siemens and Debbie White. White put away a kill on the next point and ACU was off and running.
Beginning the fifth set, Junior Jackie Stein hammered out a kill. A triple block- Stein, White, and Siemens- made the score 2-1 ACU. Benedictine then went ahead 3-2. Tied 6-6, Senior Alli Lemnitzer and Stein denied an attack followed by an ace from Lemnitzer and the Firestorm took control of the set and match from there.
At the conclusion of the match, Scott topped with 15 kills and collected 10 digs. Stein had 12 kills. Lemnitzer recorded 11 kills on .529 hitting. Sophomore Delaney Harris accounted for 16 digs while White was next with 11 digs.
The last match to get started of the Firestorm Invitational saw the Firestorm and the Warriors (3-7) split the first two points of the set. Scott broke the tie with a kill and ACU held the top score until the conclusion of the set.
Sophomore Amanda Bakonyi opened the second set with a kill before the teams played to a 3-3 tie. However, a kill from Stein and service ace by Siemens sandwiched around an LPC error gave Arizona Christian a 6-3 advantage. ACU maintained their edge throughout the set.
A kill by Scott opened the third set but a series of ties resulted in Life Pacific claiming the lead at 8-7 and never giving it back.
Set four featured eight ties and five lead changes with LPC holding the 15-14 edge. But three straight kills from Scott, Lemnitzer, and Stein gave ACU the momentum needed to close out the match.
Scott was once again in front with 19 kills and produced 11 digs. Stein delivered 11 kills. Senior Kinsey Pease was impressive with 43 assists and 14 digs. Harris collected 13 digs.
On Wednesday, the Firestorm will host Ottawa (AZ) at 7:00 pm.