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Revenge of the Cougars

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October 22, 2003
Micah McDaniel
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Azusa Pacific 3
California Baptist 0

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Earlier in the day, Azusa Pacific fell out of the NAIA’s Top 25 for the first time since the 2001 season. The Cougars took their first step in climbing back into the rankings with a 3-game sweep against a shorthanded California Baptist, 30-15, 30-17, 30-27.

The win is the Cougars’ second in a row, and it avenges an earlier loss to the Lancers, which still stands as their lone GSAC win of the season.

Three-time All-American Jenna Sagehorn had a match-high 16 kills to lead the Cougars past the Lancers, who were without 4 usual starters because of injuries.

Leading 7-6 in the opening game, the Cougars ripped off 10 of the next 11 points to take a 17-7 lead. California Baptist got no closer than 18-11 before the Cougars put the game away.

Christy D’Jernes chipped in with 8 kills and 13 digs, and Jenny Brickner added 7 kills.

The Cougars took advantage of several Lancer miscues in the second game, taking a 10-7 lead with 8 of the 10 points coming off Lancer hitting and service errors. The Cougars opened up an eventual 20-12 lead and cruised in for a 2-0 lead. Sagehorn had 6 kills and 4 digs during the run.

In the final game, the Cougars led 9-8 before reeling off 12 of the next 15 points to take a 21-11 lead. The Lancers used a 10-2 run to cut the deficit down to 29-27. Maria Abaca registered all 5 of her kills in the final game and her fifth kill ended the match.

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 15-9, 7-6. California Baptist drops to 8-17, 1-13.