AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific continues to preach the philosophy of consistency in both attitude and play. The results continue to be outstanding.
Behind a team-high 17 kills and 5 blocks from junior Chelsea Morgan, the Cougars swept another opponent, this time Point Loma Nazarene, 33-31, 30-20, 30-27, on Saturday night at the Felix Event Center.
"We want to come into each match with the same mental mind set. We want to prepare the same way and stay focused as a team," said Morgan. "The setting was great and it gave me some opportunities."
The NAIA's No. 11-Cougars (10-1, 2-0) won their seventh match in a row by winning a close first game that went back and forth until Azusa Pacific closed it out. Azusa Pacific hit .413 in the first game, committing only 4 attack errors which helped them overcome a fiesty Sea Lion team that was looking to sustain momentum at the beginning of the match.
Point Loma Nazarene (7-4, 0-2) was plagued by hitting errors throughout the second and third games. The Cougars turned them away in part because they outhit them .311 to .156 overall with the tide turning in the pivitol second game. The Sea Lions hit only .106, committing 8 attack errors in the game as the Cougars won by 10.
In the final game, Azusa Pacific took advantage of 13 Sea Lion attack errors to finish of the match and earn their ninth sweep of the season.
Azusa Pacific had 3 other players in double figures including senior Jenny Brickner and a pair of freshmen, Brittany Brown and Megan Burch, who each recorded 10 kills. Freshman setter Allison Kincheloe finished with 43 assists.
"We are playing together right now," Brown said. "It goes with the amount of hard work we are putting into practice."
Azusa Pacific had a terrific night defensively as well recording 61 digs, including 14 by Brown and 13 from Kincheloe.
The Cougars are off to their best start since 2000 and will look for their eighth win in a row when they take on Biola, Tuesday, September 13 at the Felix Event Center at 7 p.m.