SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- After beating La Verne last night at the Felix Event Center, 3-1, the task of traveling south to take on Point Loma Nazarene tonight was challenging.
However, Azusa Pacific passed the test, beating the Sea Lions, 3-1 (19-30, 30-27, 30-26, 30-25), in winning its fourth straight match.
Jenny Brickner and Chelsea Morgan each had 20 kills and Jessica DeJager tallied 19 kills and 10 digs as the Cougars hit .270 for the match.
While the Sea Lions hit .277 and had 5 fewer attack errors than the Cougars, it was Point Loma Nazarene's performance in game 1 that slid the statistics in its favor.
The Sea Lions hit .548 with 18 kills and only 1 attack error in winning the opening game 30-19.
After dropping the first, the Cougars came back to win a close second game. Trailing 27-26, Azusa Pacific ripped off 4 straight points to come from behind and even the match up at a game apiece.
The Cougars won the third game, 30-26, behind their ability to put the ball away. They hit .349 recording 18 kills in the game with only 3 attack errors.
Azusa Pacific recorded 21 kills in game 4 finishing out the match, 30-25, to improve to 17-5 overall and 8-4 in the GSAC.
Setter Allison Kincheloe continued her terrific play with 60 assists and 11 digs.
Also, the big hitting trio of Brickner, Morgan, and DeJager continued their terrific play particularly over the past 6 matches. DeJager is leading the team over that span with 97 kills (4.4 kills per game) with Morgan right behind her with 91 kills (4.1 k/g). Meanwhile, Brickner is hitting .438 (3.3 k/g)over the past 6 matches, the last 4 of which have been Cougar wins.
The Cougars are now tied with Concordia for third place in the conference, 3 games behind second place California Baptist.
Azusa Pacific will next travel to No. 21-ranked Biola next Tuesday night, Oct. 18.