AZUSA, Calif. – All-GSAC middle blocker Jenny Brickner played one of the finest matches of her young career to lead the NAIA’s No. 18-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 3-game sweep of Hope International, 30-19, 30-25, 30-22, in both team’s Golden State Athletic Conference opener Tuesday night at the Felix Event Center in Azusa.
Brickner had a hand in nearly every one of Azusa Pacific’s 13 blocks, registering 10 blocks (1 solo) while leading a Cougar defense the constantly thwarted the Royals’ attack. With the first game knotted at 6-6 early in the match, the Cougars went on a 12-4 tear thanks to Brickner, who assisted on 6 blocks during the run, including 4 on 5 volleys.
And when she wasn’t finishing a play with a block, she was ending it with a kill. Freshman setter Courtney Fox did a fine job running a balanced offense, using both Brickner, who had 11 kills, and All-American Jenna Sagehorn, who had 12 kills, to keep the Hope defense confused. In the second game Brickner got 3 kills during a 10-1 Cougar run that gave Azusa Pacific a 16-11 lead and control of the match.
Azusa Pacific closed off the third game and the match with a 16-7 run.
With the victory Azusa Pacific improves to 9-3 overall, 1-0 in the GSAC. Hope International falls to 6-4 overall, 0-1 in the GSAC.