COSTA MESA, Calif. --- Biola has now won 33 of 37 sets on the year after sweeping the No. 17 Vanguard Lions on Tuesday night. The No. 3 Eagles move to 11-0 (2-0 GSAC) and Head Coach Aaron Seltzer secures his 300th career coaching victory.
It was a quick 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-17) sweep over the Lions as Biola managed to wrap up the win in just under an hour and 15 minutes in front of the Lions hometown crowd.
"It is always great to get that first conference road win under your belt," said Seltzer. "Once conference comes, the atmosphere on the road becomes much more difficult, so it is important to get a win like this early on."
Joclyn Kirton and Chelsee Arnitz's hitting was on point tonight as they racked up a combined 19 kills and hit a combined .634.Gracee Gallarda, last week's Golden State Athletic Conference volleyball player of the week, had a solid night in front of the net, picking up 37 assists. She now, in just seven sets, has 81 assists in her last two games, improving her conference leading mark to 11.2 assists per game.
"Gracee (Gallarda) has been tremendous for us this season and she had another big game tonight, she does a great job of running our attack and setting up our attackers," said Seltzer.
The conference-leading Eagles started off the match battling tough with the Lions, and their tenacity ensured they never trailed in the first set after passing Vanguard to take the 2-1 lead.
Amy Weststeyn was the big hitter for Biola in set number one as she picked up five kills and made just one error, hitting .500.
Kirton and Britta Blaser came out and took center stage in set two, leading all hitters with four kills a piece. The Eagles were up big at 18-10 in set two, when Vanguard made a little bit of a run to get within five points, but eventually a few kills from Arnitz and Alyssa Mason pushed Biola over the top to take the 2-0 lead.
Set three was the closest Vanguard got to keeping a lead late into the set as they were able to keep the set knotted until it was tied 13-13. Six attack errors and two Mason kills later, the Eagles were well on their way to their 11th straight victory to open the season as they led the Lions 20-14.
Biola's accuracy was again key in picking up the win as they outhit Vanguard .364 to .052.
"Vanguard is having a really good year and they played hard tonight, but we were able to benefit from their attack errors," said Seltzer.