SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s volleyball team dropped its second consecutive Pacific West Conference match this week, falling in straight-sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-12) to Point Loma on Thursday night.
Entering the week, the Cougars were one of five teams with an undefeated record in PacWest play, with a pair of matches against two of those undefeated teams looming. But after a 3-1 loss to California Baptist on Tuesday and a 3-0 defeat on Thursday night the Cougars are now 10-4 overall and 3-2 in conference for sixth place, just a game behind the No. 6 team in the nation (Division II) BYU-Hawaii.
Azusa Pacific's only lead of the match came early in the first set, when sophomore outside hitter Joy Reinke got her first of three kills in the match to put the Cougars ahead 3-2. The Cougars, however, then gave up five points in a row to trail 7-4 and never got the lead back.
Point Loma continued to control the match into the second set, taking a commanding 12-4 lead. Setter Savannah Wedemeyer ran the Sea Lion offense efficiently, setting Heather Leavitt for six kills and Alyssa Dwyer for four in the second set.
The Sea Lions' trend of strong starts in each set continued into the third, taking a 7-2 lead as Wedemeyer assisted four different players for four kills during that stretch. Wedemeyer finished the match with 31 assists and three aces as Point Loma cruised to win the third set and improve to 6-0 in the PacWest. The Sea Lions out-aced the Cougars 10-2 and also led in kills 39-25.
Sophomore Mattie Shelford led the Cougars in kills with seven and Lauren Edwards tallied three kills on 15 attacks with no errors while adding four digs. Sophomore setter Tristan Racich led the Cougars in assists with 10 in the match.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Azusa Pacific as the Cougars have to travel to St. George, Utah for a noon matchup with a 9-2 (6-0 PacWest) Dixie State team on Saturday.