AZUSA, Calif. – Unranked California Baptist rallied from several deficits, including a 10-5 hole in the fifth game to upset No. 18 ranked Azusa Pacific 16-30, 30-28, 19-30, 30-23, 15-12, in a Golden State Athletic Conference match in the Felix Event Center Tuesday night.
Down 1-0 in the match, and 14-2 in the second game, Cal Baptist caught fire, using a 22-9 run to overtake Azusa Pacific and get back into the match. Five-foot-five sophomore Brooke Shea recorded 7 of her team high 14 kills late in the second game to lead the Lancers back.
The Cougars won game 3 behind All-American Jenna Sagehorn’s 7 kills to bounce back from the game 2 collapse and put Azusa Pacific in a 2-1 match lead. However, the Lancers would not fade away and used a 10-3 run to take an early lead in game 4 and eventually evened the match with a 30-23 tally.
Again Azusa Pacific seemed to be in control when it assumed an 11-5 cushion in the fifth and deciding game, 4 points away from victory. However, Cal Baptist never allowed Azusa Pacific to get those 4 points, using quality defense and taking advantage of 5 Cougar errors to post its first victory over Azusa Pacific since 2000.
Junior Crystal Prehn also had a team-high 14 kills while Lindsey Siefken added 13 kills. The Lancers recorded 9 blocks over the final 4 games.
Azusa Pacific was led by Sagehorn’s match-high 24 kills. All-GSAC sophomore Jenny Brickner added 15 kills and 5 blocks.
With the victory California Baptist posts its first GSAC win of the season and improves to 7-7 overall and 1-3 in the GSAC. Azusa Pacific falls to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in GSAC play.