THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The California Lutheran University women's volleyball team notched an impressive 3-1 win over La Verne behind Sarah Hein's big double-double with 13 kills and 16 digs while Carly Rose Howard showed off some great defense, notching 26 digs Friday night at Gilbert Arena.
The Regals got off to a fast start, taking the first set 25-18. Haddad began her dominance with five first-set kills. Williams and Morgan Given also made their presence felt at the net totaling three blocks apiece in the opening set.
The visitors replied with a fast start to the second set, taking a commanding 8-2 lead to force a timeout and put the Regals on their heels. CLU would recover, however, cutting the deficit to four points to make it 12-8. La Verne managed to regain control of the set to pull ahead 17-12 and force another Cal Lutheran timeout. In what proved to be a back-and-forth set, kills from Mackenzie Martinez and Hein would fuel another comeback for the hosts, tying the score at 20-20 late in game two. After a fantastic block by Given and Haddad, a kill from Jojo MacArthur would clinch a 25-23 set victory.
La Verne started quickly yet again in set number three, getting out to a 9-3 lead to take control and force another Cal Lutheran timeout. But the Regals would once again show their resilience, drawing within one point (16-15) to force a timeout from the Leopards. Despite the fight from the Regals, La Verne would force a fourth set and take it 25-17.
Set four would be neck-and-neck from the start, as the teams would battle to 8-8 before a kill from Given and a block from Haddad gave the Regals a two-point cushion. The Leopards would respond to knot it up at 14-14 and eventually take a two-point lead of their own. After battling back to tie the score 20-20, CLU would close out the match 25-23 with a kill from Hein and a block from Williams to seal the 3-1 victory.
Cal Lutheran continues SCIAC play when they head back on the road to face Whittier Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
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