Azusa Pacific 3
Christian Heritage 0
AZUSA, Calif. -- Jenny Brickner had a match-high 11 kills and 6 blocks, and Azusa Pacific took advantage of 35 Christian Heritage attacking errors to cruise to a 30-25, 30-9, 30-22 win over the Hawks in yet another key late-season GSAC match.
Azusa Pacific is now 17-12 overall, 9-9 GSAC and has won 2 straight. The Cougars appear to be making a solid late late-season push for the sixth and final playoff spot with just 2 matches remaining. The Cougars have put together 2 of their finest matches of the season in their past 2 wins.
With the loss, Christian Heritage falls to 15-16 overall, 6-11 GSAC.
Christian Heritage asserted itself out of the gate and seemed poise to make an early run at a win, jumping out to a 10-4 lead in the opening game. The Hawks led 13-7 when the Cougars began to chip away, finally catching the Hawks at 21-21.
After trading the next 2 points, the Cougars reeled off 3 straight points to open up a 25-22 lead and seize all the momentum for the rest of the night. Katrina Anker had 5 kills in the first game as the Cougar hit .277.
The second game was all Cougars. They began with a 4-0 spurt before CHC clawed back to 5-3. At that point, the Cougars took advantage of 6 Christian Heritage hitting errors, and Jenny Brickner’s 3 kills to score 11 straight points and take a 16-3 lead. CHC climbed back to within 11 at 18-7, but the Cougars, behind Jenna Sagehorn’s 3 kills and Brickner’s 2, scored 12 of the final 14 points to take a 30-9 win.
It was all Cougars again in the finale as they opened up a 10-3 lead and never looked back, taking advantage of 14 Hawk attack errors in the game. The Hawks began to get back into the match, climbing with 4 points (19-15), but the Cougars outscored CHC 11-7 in the final points.
Azusa Pacific was the beneficiary of its own efficient hitting and Christian Heritage’s lack of efficiency. In the final 2 games alone, the Hawks had more attack errors (26) than the Cougars had kills (22).
Mercer added 8 kills and 3 digs. Sagehorn finished with 7 kills and 15 digs. As a team the Cougars had 38 kills and just 12 errors (.232). Christian Heritage hit -.023 for the match.