ROCKLIN, Calif. - Improving to a program best 12-4 overall, the women's volleyball team showed the perseverance and heart they possess in a come-from-behind win over Pacific Union, 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19).
"Tonight we struggled in set one to find a rhythm," head coach Shasta Millhollin said. "We decided that it was unacceptable to allow so many unforced errors moving forward in the match, and we adjusted nicely to finish out."
Maintaining the early lead, the Warriors went tip-for-tap with the Pioneers midway through the first set, exchanging points until Pacific Union went up 20-18. Unable to find the rhythm to finish on top, the Warriors dropped the first set 25-21.
The Warriors used the motivation from losing the first set to battle back and find their groove in set two taking a large lead with a 6-0 run (13-5). Jessup was led by a trio of attackers in Vendela Williams, Sydney Molander and Kassidy Heuvelhorst collecting 7 kills together capped by Molander getting the set point to even the game 1-1.
Leading defensively for the Warriors was Kacey Berger with 16 digs and Alicia Borges with 15 digs, also adding three aces. On the net, Jessup had powerhouse Vendela and Heuvelhorst collectively shutting things down with 6 blocks.
"Alicia Borges also did a phenomenal job for us on defense," stated Millhollin, "serve receive, and she served tremendously tough."
In the final two sets, the Warriors continued their momentum to overcome the first set loss by taking three-straights sets. Heuvelhorst led the pack with 12 kills on the night, a season high, and Williams right behind with 11 kills, both with six blocks.
"Our middles were huge for us tonight leading in blocks and kills," Millhollin said. "We are pumped for them because we have been working hard on transitioning to get them available on offense. They were definitely available tonight!"
Jessup will hit the road for a pair of conference matches at Vanguard and Hope International this weekend to continue conference play.
"In the end, it came down to our bench and our fans being loud and providing energy and excitement! It was a lot of fun to see the crowd go crazy when we scored," Millhollin concluded. "We have a couple of exciting conference battles ahead of us this weekend. We're looking forward to getting on the road to continue competing in conference. We're ready."