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Portela Digs Up A Record

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Robin Portela is Azusa Pacific's new all-time digs leader after registering 46 digs in a pair of Saturday victories for the Cougars.

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Published
September 3, 2011
By
Joe Reinsch
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IRVINE, Calif. -- Robin Portela needed only 33 digs Saturday to break the Azusa Pacific career digs record, and she nearly accomplished it in the first of two matches on the day by notching 26 digs in the Cougars' three-set sweep over Kansas Wesleyan.

With another 20 digs in a four-set sweep over Westminster (Utah), Portela moved past the 1,795 career digs that Stephanie Benitez collected and moved into first on the list with 1,806 digs through Saturday's contests.

No Cougars registered double-digit kills in the win over Kansas Wesleyan, although sophomore middle blocker Christy Cain tallied a career-high nine blocks while junior right side Whittany Radcliffe added six more blocks to go with nine kills in the 25-win.

The second match, a 25-10, 18-25, 25-20, 25-17 win over Westminster, featured Cain and senior middle blocker Amy Alkazin and their team-high eight kills each. Alkazin also notched a team-high five blocks. The Cougars won the opening match of the day against Kansas Wesleyan by a 25-17, 25-20, 25-19 score.

With the wins, Azusa Pacific improves to 11-0 on the season. The Cougars are back in action to visit Central Missouri for a weekend tournament next weekend against some of the top NCAA Division II programs in the nation.