LA MIRADA, Calif. -- If there were any lingering doubts that Azusa Pacific deserved its new-place ranking of No. 6 in the NAIA Coaches Poll released earlier today, they were erased as quickly as the Cougars erased No. 14 Biola, 30-21, 30-19, 30-26, tonight in La Mirada.
The Cougars took control of the match early on and never let the Eagles get into any sort of rhythm. All-American Jenna Sagehorn led the way with 13 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Maria Abaca added 12 kills to lead a Cougar squad that attained a 29% hitting clip. The Cougar defense, which has been sparkling of late, continued its outstanding play with 10 team blocks while limiting Biola to just .076 hitting. Sagehorn and sophomore Adrienne Pepe each had 3 blocks
With the victory, the Cougar avenge a 4-game loss to Biola in the GSAC opener in Azusa last month. More importantly, though Azusa Pacific stretches its winning streak to 8 straight, it's longest ever in conference play. Additionally, the Cougar come through the most difficult part of their schedule unscathed, beating 4 straight nationally-ranked teams -- Westmont, Christian Heritage, Point Loma Nazarene and now Biola.
The Cougars, who can now begin to think about their first-ever GSAC championship, remain in second-place in the conference, 2 matches behind front-runner and No. 2-ranked Fresno Pacific.