AZUSA, Calif. -- California Baptist has been nearly unstoppable so far this season. Other than a season opening loss to Cornerstone (Mich.) and a defeat at the hands of Fresno Pacific, the NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Lancers have been unbeaten this year.
That trend continued as California Baptist defeated No. 16-ranked Azusa Pacific, 3-0, Thursday night, in front of 155, at the Felix Event Center.
After losing the first game, 30-15, the Cougars made things very interesting in game 2. Trailing 27-23, the Lancers reeled off 3 consecutive points, capped by a block by Angela Willis and Kayla Van Duyn, to get California Baptist within a point. The Cougars called a timeout and attempted to regroup.
Coming out of the timeout, Jessica DeJager recorded a kill to push the lead back to 28-26. However, the Lancers again ran off 3 points to reclaim the lead. Another Willis kill and 2 Cougar attack errors gave California Baptist a 29-28 advantage.
The Lancers gave a point right back to the Cougars as a service error tied the game up at 29. After the teams exchanged points, the Lancers broke a 30-all tie with a kill by Yudelka Bonilla and a service ace by Van Duyn.
Azusa Pacific recorded 18 kills in the game but was done in by 10 errors in dropping the game 32-30.
The third game was another tight affair with the Cougars again hanging tough. However, with the score tied at 17, the Lancers scored 9 of the next 11 points to give themselves a comfortable 26-19 lead en route to taking the game 30-22.
The Lancers (17-2, 9-1) recorded 43 kills and committed only 12 errors while Azusa Pacific had 42 kills and 28 errors.
Azusa Pacific was led by Jenny Brickner and Megan Burch who tallied 9 kills apiece. DeJager had 11 kills and 9 digs but also committed 9 errors.
Verania Willis had 12 kills and 12 digs for California Baptist.
The Cougars (13-5, 5-4) will be back in action on Saturday night at 5 p.m. when they travel to Santa Barbara, Calif. to take on GSAC rival Westmont.