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Balanced Effort Salvages Hawai‘i Trip

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Lauren Edwards was one of three Cougars with at least 11 kills, and she posted a team-high five blocks in Azusa Pacific's four-set win at Chaminade.

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October 19, 2013
Jared Pine
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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i -- Sophomore setter Jaden Louie finished just three assists shy of her season-high, recording 28 to lead Azusa Pacific to a four-set win (25-18, 15-25, 25-22, 25-21) over Chaminade Saturday night, completing the team’s three-match trip to Hawai‘i with two wins in three matches.

Louie also had 13 digs on the night to go along with her match-high 28 assists for the double-double as the team improved to 5-2 in Hawai‘i since joining the Pacific West Conference last season. After splitting the first two sets Saturday night, the Cougars won each of the last two sets to improve to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in conference play.

Azusa Pacific led by as many as six points on several occasions in the third set, but an 8-2 run for the Silverswords, which was aided by five Cougar attack errors, tied the set at 19-19. The Cougars eventually earned a set point off a service error from the Silverswords, and it was the only set point they needed as they took a 2-1 edge in sets with one of sophomore Mattie Shelford’s 11 kills to win the set by a 25-22 margin.

Although the score was tied five times in the fourth set, Azusa Pacific never trailed. With the score tied at 20-20, the Cougars won five of the final six points on a pair of Shelford kills and three Silversword attack errors to win the set, 25-21.

Shelford finished as one of three Cougars with double-digit kills, and she also had a hand in four of Azusa Pacific’s 11 team blocks. Senior middle blocker Christy Cain tallied 12 kills on just 22 attacks, while senior middle Lauren Edwards recorded five blocks and 11 kills with just two errors on 24 attacks.

In the opening set, Azusa Pacific had a 9-3 run that featured a pair of kills from both Shelford and sophomore Joy Reinke and resulted in a 17-13 lead. The Cougars went on to win seven of the final nine points of the first set to win 25-18.

In the second set, the Cougars kill percentage tumbled from .265 in the opening set to .103 in set two. Kim Spring, who finished with a match-high 16 kills for Chaminade, had four in the second set, including three during a 12-5 run that closed out the Silverswords’ 25-15 win.

Sophomore Ashley Swatek registered a match-high 17 digs for the Cougars, while fellow sophomore Tristan Racich added 12 assists in the victory. Azusa Pacific’s 11 total blocks was the best single-match total of its three matches on the islands this week.

The Cougars return to their home state to take on California Baptist in a road clash on Thursday, October 24, in Riverside, before returning home on Saturday, Oct. 26, for a rematch with Point Loma, which handed the Cougars their only three-set conference defeat of the year earlier this month.