CU Arena, Irvine, Calif.
Azusa Pacific 3, Concordia 0
Azusa Pacific, ranked No. 6 in the NAIA, made quick work of Concordia Thursday night, 30-28, 30-27, 30-19, for its third straight win and 12th in the past 13 matches.
Junior Christy Kimmel played perhaps her most complete match of the season, getting a team-high 11 kills and hitting at a .556 clip. She also added 7 digs.
Concordia led 11-8 in the opening game and appeared to be seizing some momentum. The team traded leads the rest of the way until Concordia was on the verge of winning the opener taking a 28-26 lead. However, after an Eagle serving error, Melanie Rivas took serve and completed the Cougar comeback.
The Cougars took a 21-15 lead in the second game, and then held off a furious Concordia rally as the Eagles climbed within 2 (25-23). Nevertheless, Kimmel rose to the challenge and put the match away. She finished game 2 with kills, hitting .714 in the process.
In the clincher, the Cougars opened a 5-1 lead before Concordia rallied to take an 8-6 lead. However, the Cougars went back up 10-8 and never lost the lead again.
Jenna Sagehorn added 10 kills and 8 digs. T.J. Gause led all players with 14 digs. Adrienne Pepe had 5 blocks and 6 kills.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 18-5 (13-3 GSAC), and are off to their best start since their 1980 national championship season. Concordia falls to 13-18, 2-14.