HIU’s perfect Summer Slam record gives No. 7 Corban Women’s Volleyball another pair of top-25 wins


VSN (admin) Published Sunday, August 28, 2022 – 16:30


FULLERTON, Calif. – In their final 2022 regular season non-conference tune-ups, the Corban University women’s volleyball team (7-1, 0-0) left no doubt that they will once again contest the Cascade Collegiate Conference crown, defeating No. 24 Dordt College (2-2, 0-0) via 25-22, 25-27, 25-15 and 25-23 final scores, before to master a backlog (RV) Westmont College (1-2, 0-0) rally to claim a hard-fought victory in five sets, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 18-25 and 15-6.

“It was a great weekend to learn who we are while facing a lot of big and scrappy opponents,” Head Coach Corban Kim Mc Lain share. “I was proud that the team played together as a unit in order to achieve their goals.”

“We can’t wait to get back in the gym to prepare for the challenging CCC schedule starting next week,” McLain explained.

GAME 1

Facing their fourth NAIA Top 25 team last week, the Warriors knew from experience that Dordt would provide another quality opponent at HIU Summer Slam, and that they would have to find consistency early if they were to come out of Fullerton with another win. in the non-conference calendar.

The first set proved both concepts to be true, as the Defenders traded kill for kill with the Warriors early in the set, and even led 5-4 against Corban. However, the Warriors found the constant attacking pressure they had in yesterday’s double header wins to develop a sizable lead against Dordt, and even a late Defender rally couldn’t stop Corban taking set number one. a 25-22.

Corban started the second set on an electric 5-0 run, which showed the Warriors’ true potential in all areas of the game. Those five points consisted of two kills, an ace of service and an assist block before the pressure doesn’t force Defenders forwards to make mistakes.

However, the Defenders would continue to stage a late-set comeback, scoring seven of the last 10 points to claim a 27-25 victory in straight sets, and even this contest at one set apiece for Corban and Dordt.

After letting the Defenders fall back and steal a set under their hands, the Warriors wasted no time in making up for the set loss in the third set, taking an early 14-7 lead and never looking back en route. to a 25-15 win in the third set. Senior outside hitter Avari Ridgway earned a fifth of the Warriors’ points in the third set by smashing five kills.

The fourth set is where the competition took a major step forward, as a 13-9 Warriors lead would be the biggest point margin of the rest of the set, with the Defenders fighting back after a called timeout to take a 17- 18 advance.

Both teams went back and forth, with neither wanting to move until the tie of 21 was broken with consecutive Corban runs via a first-year opposing hitter kill. Makayla Roginsky, followed by two offensive errors from Dordt to give the Warriors a 24-21 advantage. Freshman outside hitter Kylie Davis finished match point a rotation later with a senior passer kill Jadyn Mullencapping their third victory in the NAIA Top 25 of the non-conference slate, 25-23 the final score of the set.

Ridgway and Troutman once again got their way with another terrific defense, as Ridgway lost 18 kills with eight digs, and Troutman balanced offensive and defensive duties with 12 kills and 13 digs.

Senior Libero Kealani Ontario was all over the court for Corban in Game 1, earning his first double-double of the season with 27 digs and 15 assists, trailing only Mullen in ten under who had 16 to lead the Warriors.

Outside striker Corrina Timmermans was the only defender to hit double-digit wins with 10 this afternoon, while also nearly achieving a double-double with nine digs. Libero Makenna Kooima had a record 30 digs and had 12 assists to secure the team’s only double-double.

GAME 2

The final game of the HIU Summer Slam proved to be Corban’s toughest as Westmont consistently provides a strong women’s volleyball roster every year, and this year was no different.

The Warriors battle began with a tightly contested opening set, with neither side willing to give up early on. Corban was able to enjoy a 9-5 run midway through set number one, forcing Westmont to call his two available timeouts into an 18-12 lead over Corban. A myriad of serving and attacking errors from Westmont and kills from Troutman, Roginski and Ridgway sealed a 25-20 victory in a set.

Westmont would walk away from the second set with a 25-21 victory thanks to the battle of the hot streak victory, with both Warrior clubs posting series of more than 5 points that moved the moment back and forth without a clear winner in sight. With the advantage at 22-21, Westmont ran the board for three more straight points, tying this contest at one set apiece.

Both Warrior clubs were desperate to take a 2-1 set advantage with victory in set number three, but a late run from Corban where fans at the Darling Pavilion saw two kills from Davey, a service ace from the senior opposite hitter. Ally Schmidtand a second-grade middle blocker kill Allison Reid one after another to pile Westmont into an uncomfortable 15-23 deficit. Troutman’s back-to-back wins capped the 25-16 win over Corban.

With their backs against the wall, the Westmont Warriors increased the intensity to start the fourth set, taking advantage of eight attacking errors from Corban in a 17-point window to lead 13-4. Corban was able to climb back to a 16-19 margin late in the set, but the unlikely number of attacking errors put them in too big a hole to get out on their own, and eventually sent everyone to a fifth and final set with a four-point set of 25-18 in favor of Westmont.

Fifteen points is all that separated the two NAIA Warrior schools in this Top 25 game, and Corban scored more than half that requirement on the first nine opportunities in set number five. After trading open service points, Corban made a 7-0 run to swap sides of the pitch and force Westmont into an unreachable position they had yet to encounter tonight. Despite their best efforts, the Westmont Warriors managed to score five more points, but Corban was the first to reach the set final 15-6 to escape Fullerton with a perfect 4-0 tournament record.

Troutman put in another outstanding performance from both ends of the court, landing a record 19 kills and backing him up defensively with 13 digs for another double-double. Ridgway capped off his night with 15 kills and 15 digs, and Mullen wrapped up Corban’s trio of double-doubles with 27 assists and 11 digs.

Ridgway, Schmidt, Reid and Roginski formed an impenetrable wall for the Warriors tonight, earning a total of 16 blocks between them four. Ontai trailed the game-high in digs by one with 25 in the nightcap contest, and second-year passer Courtney Garwood distributed 13 dimes and dug six digs.

Westmont outside forward Phoebe Minch was named player of the game for her team by receiving a game-high 26 digs, while leading her team offensively with 13 digs. Center hitter Taylor Distelberg nearly had a double-double with kills (10) and blocks (6), and setter Keelyn Kistner tied the team record in assists (21) and worked for 10 digs in the rear area.

The Warriors return home to Salem for possibly the most anticipated conference game of this season, with Corban hosting 12th Eastern Oregon University at CE Jeffers Sports Complex on Friday, September 2.n/a at 7 p.m. PDT for both schools’ opening conference game and the first rematch since last year’s CCC Tournament Championship Game.

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