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lhTue., Oct 18th, 2011 [Box Score] [Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College volleyball team was looking for a momentum shift on Friday afternoon and evening, welcoming Hannibal-LeGrange University (MO) for an afternoon tilt, and #15 Cal State San Marcos for the evening matchup. They received that and more as the Lady Hawks downed the Trojans in four games 25-14, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21 and narrowly lost to the Cougars in four games 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22. The win snapped a losing streak for the Hawks that dates back to September 10th.

“It feels good to get a win,” said senior Jessica Brazynetz. "It is good for our confidence going forward because we played so well. “

Both team exchanged points in the first game, leaving HLGU leading 7-6. SDCC responded quickly, behind serves from Lauren Phillips, Shelby Broberg, Brazynetz, and Cassidy Mertens. The Lady Hawks stretched their lead to 16-10 before the Trojans fought back. SDCC then followed with six straight points with Stephanie Rice (pictured left) serving to take the game 25-14.

After falling in the second game, SDCC came back to take game three. Game three was a game of runs for both sides, with HLGU taking an early lead 5-8 lead. SDCC responded with a 4-0 run behind two kills from Aja Walker. HGLU then went on 5-0 run to jump back ahead 13-9. The Lady Hawks, not wanting to give the momentum away, went on a 10-2 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.

The fourth and final game was dominated by the Lady Hawks as they jumped out to an 8-1 lead. A late let down allowed the Lady Trojans to forge a small comeback and cut the lead to 22-20. However, Senior Lauren Howard collected the final three kills of the game to give SDCC the match.

For the match, SDCC was led in a balanced attack Phillips and Howard. Phillips had 16 kills and posted a .483 attack percentage for the match. Howard contributed with 12 kills and a .379 attack percentage. In addition, Brazynetz and Rice had 13 digs each, while Mertens had 42 assists to go along with 9 digs. Chelsea Rose also had 9 digs for the Lady Hawks.

SDCC continues to win the blocking game, collecting seven opposed to five for the Trojans.

The second match of the day welcomed #15 Cal State San Marcos to campus. After dropping the first two games, the Hawks came out in game three with a focus to stay in the match. The game stayed consistently close, with CSUSM holding the lead for nearly the entire game. However, with the Cougars holding a 21-18, SDCC scored the next three points to knot the game at 21. After CSUSM took the lead back at 22-21, SDCC scored the two more points to take their first lead at 23-22. Mariah Boelk and Aja Walker teamed up for a block to extend the lead to 24-22, and Rachel Allen ended the game with an ace.

SDCC hung close in the fourth game, but CSUSM was too much late, going on 5-2 run to end the game at 25-22 and take the match.

Brazynetz points to the mindset of the team heading into today’s games as a reason for the success. “We were focused and we wanted it really badly. We were on the same page and no one was slacking.”

“Overall, we played well."

Against CSUSM, SDCC again won the block battle 10-6. In addition, the team combined for 54 digs against a tough Cougar attack.

The Hawks are looking to use this momentum as the season winds down. Brazynetz added, “We are excited with the way we played and feel that if we continue to play this way, we can compete with anyone. “


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