COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific eluded defeat against Biola earlier this week despite lagging behind the Eagles in most statistical categories.
Tonight, however, the Cougars found the shoe on the other foot. Even thougth Azusa Pacific outhit Vanguard .370 to .265 and committed 9 fewer attack errors, the Cougars found themselves on the short end of a 3-2 loss.
The Lions (13-2, 1-2) outlasted the Cougars (11-2, 3-1), winning in 5 games, 30-28, 27-30, 30-26, 17-30, 15-13. The loss snapped Azusa Pacific's 8-match winning streak.
Chelsea Morgan and Jenny Brickner were terrific in the loss. Morgan set a new career-high with 23 kills with just 2 attack errors. Brickner had 21 kills with only 1 attack error.
Setter Allison Kincheloe distributed a game-high 72 assists. Meanwhile, Brittany Brown had 20 digs in her first match as the starting libero for the Cougars.
Trailing 2-1 as the match moved into the fourth game, Azusa Pacific put together a well executed stretch to tie it up. The Cougars hit .419 and had only 2 attack errors in beating the Lions 30-17 setting up their second fifth game of the week. Vanguard responded by pulling out the hotly contested match by hitting .333 in the final game.
Jaclyn Lee led Vanguard with 21 kills.
The NAIA's No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific returns to action next Tuesday, Sept. 20, when they travel north to play top-ranked Fresno Pacific at 7 p.m.