AZUSA, Calif. -- Having lost back-to-back matches, Azusa Pacific was determined to get back into the win column. The Cougars were able to do just that by sweeping The Master’s, 3-0.
It was the twelfth win for the Cougars in the past 15 meetings with the Mustangs. Additionally, Azusa Pacific continued its quality play at home by winning its fourth consecutive match at the Felix Event Center.
Colleen Walker led Azusa Pacific with 11 kills and Chelsea Morgan added 10 as the Cougars outhit the Mustangs .264 to .118.
Azusa Pacific featured its new line-up at home for the first time. With Brittany Brown moving to libero, Jessica DeJager has become a starter. The new group continues to mesh well together.
“Our first 2 games tonight were pretty good,” assessed Jenny Brickner, who recorded 9 kills in 14 attempts. “We are working on fine-tuning our new line-up. We are working on improving daily and we want to get better game by game.”
The NAIA’s No. 11-ranked Cougars (12-3, 4-2) won the first 2 games convincingly 30-20 and 30-13 before winning a close third game, 30-27. “When we are in system everything flows smoothly. In the third game we got away from that,” said Brickner.
Azusa Pacific also utilized its service game in the victory. The Cougars recorded 11 aces in the match, including 4 by DeJager.
Coming off losses to Vanguard and Fresno Pacific, the Cougars wanted to end the suspense early and they were able to behind a quick start by Morgan and Walker. The 2 combined for 9 kills in 18 attempts in the first game.
The momentum continued in Azusa Pacific’s favor as they rolled to a 30-13 win in game 2, hitting .364 to just .053 for The Master’s. The Mustangs (6-8, 2-4) also committed 9 attack errors in the game.
Unwilling to go quietly, the Mustangs battled back in the third game but the Cougars proved too strong.
The Cougars will next travel to Fullerton, Calif., to take on Hope International on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.