SAN DIEGO --- Sophomore Amy Weststeyn posted the best attack percentage of the season by recording 14 kills in 18 swings for a season-best .778 attack percentage to lead Biola to a 25-17, 27-25, 25-23 win over former GSAC-foe Point Loma Nazarene University in a non-conference match on Tuesday night at Golden Gymnasium.
The Eagles improve to 20-2 with the win, playing its first match in 10 days. The Sea Lions drop to 7-12 on the season.
Weststeyn had a banner night with 14 kills, adding three aces, five digs and a pair of blocks to lead Biola to the win. Freshman Joclyn Kirton added nine kills and a solid block.
Senior Rachel Buckley recorded six kills and added five blocks including two solo. Buckley continued her career dominance at Point Loma Nazarene, a place where she has recorded 26 career blocks including a school-record 12 as a freshman in 2009.
The first set opened with the teams battling back and forth through the first half of the set. Biola broke a 10-10 tie with a long 12-4 run to take a 22-14 lead and cruised the first-set win.
In the second, the set again went back and forth until the Sea Lions benefited from a pair of Biola errors to take a 20-18 lead. After exchanging points, Biola would eventually tie the score at 23-23 on a block by Weststeyn and Gracee Gallarda. Point Loma took the lead with a kill by Kelli LeClair. Biola fought off set point with a kill by Kirton and took the advantage back with a kill by Gallarda. Kirton missed a chance to put the match away, but gave Biola its second set point with a kill on the next rally. The Eagles then took the set on a PLNU error, 27-25.
Biola rolled out to a big lead early in the third set, scoring seven of the first nine points and leading 18-12 a bit later. Biola quickly was able to get to match point with a 24-17 advantage. However, the Sea Lions battled back with six straight points to make the score 24-23. But Kirton ended the match with a big kill to give Biola the sweep.
The Eagles posted a .270 attack percentage as a team and had nine blocks. The Eagles also received 41 assists from Gallarda, who had three blocks a kill and an ace as well.
LeClair led the Sea Lions with 14 kills and was the only player with more than seven. She also had seven digs and two aces.
Biola returns to GSAC play on Saturday, hosting No. 8 The Master's College in a key conference matchup beginning at 1:00 p.m.