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Cougars Chop Down Oaks

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Sophomore middle blocker Christy Cain registered a match-high five blocks in Azusa Pacific's 25-11, 25-14, 25-23 sweep at Menlo Friday.

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August 26, 2011
Joe Reinsch
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ATHERTON, Calif. -- Ten different players registered kills for the NAIA’s No. 6-ranked Azusa Pacific in a convincing 25-11, 25-14, 25-23 road sweep at Menlo College Friday, extending the Cougars’ season-opening win streak to seven matches.

Senior right side hitter Whittany Radcliffe finished with a match-high six kills in seven attempts, but the Cougars spread the ball around offensively in a match where no Azusa Pacific player registered more than 13 attack attempts.

Freshman right side hitter Lauren Sutton was one of just three Cougars with double-digit attack attempts, and she converted her 10 swings into five kills. Sophomore middle blocker Christy Cain added four kills along with a match-high five blocks, and senior libero Robin Portela collected 10 digs, but the quick victory snapped her streak of 20-dig performances at six matches.

Azusa Pacific also tallied nine service aces, including two each from senior setter Raechel Jones and sophomore defensive specialist Emily Ingalls. The Cougars successfully passed every Menlo serve, holding the Oaks without an ace through all three sets.

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 7-0 on the year, and the Cougars return to action at next weekend’s Asics/Crowne Plaza Labor Day Tournament at Concordia University in Irvine. The Cougars’ Friday (Sept. 2) opponents are Carroll (Mont.) and Concordia (N.Y.), and Azusa Pacific takes on Kansas Wesleyan and Westminster (Utah) on Saturday, Sept. 3 at CU Arena on the Concordia campus.