Azusa Pacific couldn't overcome its sloppiness in the early going. Though the Cougars led the majority of the first game, they were never able to pull away, hitting just 19%. Vanguard, which trailed nearly the entire first game, was never down by more than 5 points and stayed within striking distance, taking advantage of numerous Cougar mistakes until they were able to tally 3 straight points and take the first game 30-28.
Azusa Pacific heard the wake-up call and responded, scoring 36 of the match's next 53 points to take game two and move out to a comfortable lead in game three. All-American Jenna Sagehorn put the team on her shoulders and carried it out of the doldrums. Over the final 3 games, the Cougars were sharp, hitting at nearly a 34% clip to put away the Lions. Sagehorn finished with a match-high 18 kills. Freshman Jenny Brickner chipped in with 14.
With the win, Azusa Pacific, which is ranked No. 6 in the NAIA, has now won 9 straight matches, it's longest winning streak since 1992. The Cougars, who improve to 15-4 overall, 10-2 in the GSAC, has now won 7 straight over Vanguard. The Lions falls to 7-14 overall, 3-10 in the GSAC.