The Master’s 2
AZUSA, Calif. -- It was Jenna Sagehorn’s night to shine, and she shone brightly as the 3-time All-American registered a match-high 17 kills, including 6 without an error in the fifth and deciding game as Azusa Pacific snapped a 4-game losing streak with a 5-game thriller over The Master’s, 28-30, 30-10, 21-30, 30-28, 16-14, in Azusa.
Not only did Sagehorn record a match-high in kills, but she also led the team with 22 digs, and with her first kill of the night, she became Azusa Pacific’s all-time leader in kills, passing Stephanie Benitez (1991-95) on the Cougars’ career chart.
Sagehorn now has 1,532 career kills.
With their backs against the wall, the Cougars rose to the occasion more than once. Leading 2-1 in the match, The Master’s opened up a 20-11 lead in the fourth game, appearing as if it would seize control and get the upset. However, a Jenny Brickner kill sparked the Cougars, who began to chip away, finally catching the Mustangs at 25-25 before forcing a deciding game with a 30-28 win.
Trailing 10-7 in the fifth game, the Cougars turned to Sagehorn, and she delivered. Sagehorn reeled off 4 of her 6 kills in the game to turn a 10-7 deficit into a 14-13 Cougar lead. The Master’s tied at 14-14. Sagehorn’s younger sister Joelle gave the Cougars the lead again, and the Cougars clinched the match on a Mustang attack error.
Azusa Pacific’s offense was efficient for most of the night, hitting at a .241 clip for the match, including a sparkling .655 in the second game when they had 19 kills and 0 errors.
When it mattered most, however, the Cougars hit .308 in the fifth game, getting 8 kills without committing an error.
Brickner added 17 kills and 6 blocks. Christy D’Jernes finished with a fine all around performance, registering 11 kills (0 errors), 20 digs, 3 aces and 3 blocks.
However, the story tonight was Sagehorn, who finished with 17 kills and just 5 errors (47 attempts) to hit at .255. She got her record-breaking 1,516th kill to give the Cougars a 17-9 lead in the opening game. It was her 18th match with double-digit kill totals, including her tenth in a row.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 13-8 overall, 5-5 GSAC. The Master’s falls to 11-10, 2-8.