Top-Ranked Eagles Continue to March to 48th Straight Win
Story by Concordia Sports Information
IRVINE, Calif. -- No. 1-ranked Concordia (Calif.) welcomed the No. 10-ranked Westmont (Calif.) Warriors on Tuesday night. Concordia improved to 10-0 and won its 48th-straight with a three-set win over the Warriors. Madison Ekis led in kills with 13, and Jessica Israel added 10. Le Mi had six bombs, hitting .750, and fellow middle Briana Hughes added another six, while hitting .462. Mindy Knight provided a punch off the bench with five kills. Hughes controlled the middle with six blocks, and the Eagles dominated the net, 10 blocks to four.
"That's a good, scrappy Westmont team we beat tonight," Concordia head coach Trevor Johnson said. "It was nice to see our girls come off the bench and play well. We train hard every day and we have a lot of girls with experience. As a coach, it's nice to have depth."
In the first set, the Eagles raced to a 10-5 lead as they scored five straight with Jenee Henderson serving. The points came from an ace, block from Israel, kill from Ekis, and a block from Ekis and Briana Hughes. The Warriors closed the gap, 11-8, but Concordia scored five straight in response on two kills from Le Mi, and winners from Hughes, Ekis, and Ellie Ladensack. Concordia finished with four straight on kills from Ladensack, Ekis, and Jenee Henderson for the 25-16 win.
In game two, it was close early, but Concordia took a 10-7 lead on kills from Ekis and Mindy Knight. Westmont called a timeout and Hughes and Ekis came out of the break with a block. Ekis and Knight both grabbed kills again, and Hughes and Israel swatted one back to make it 17-11. Concordia went sideout to the finish to win 25-18.Concordia dominated the third set, going up 13-6 with early kills from Henderson and Israel. Concordia held off Westmont from there and finished with winners from Hughes and Ekis to take it 25-14.Concordia improved to 10-0 and 2-0 in GSAC, while Westmont dropped their first GSAC match (1-1) and fell to 13-2 overall.
The Eagles will travel to Phoenix, Ariz., on Saturday to play Arizona Christian at 3 pm.