Volleyball sweeps Redlands

Volleyball sweeps Redlands

LA VERNE, CA — Haley Celaya and Kelsie Sievers both finished with double-digit kills, Kristen Sanchez added 19 digs, and the University of La Verne volleyball team rolled on their way to a sweep over the visiting Redlands Bulldogs Tuesday night. 

Set Scores: 25-12, 25-18, 25-19

Season Impact

With the win, the Leopards improve to 14-9 overall and 6-5 in SCIAC play. The Bulldogs fall to 11-12 overall and 2-10 in the SCIAC.

Stat Leaders

Sievers led all players with 12 kills on .333 hitting. Celaya finished with a .381 hitting percentage with 11 kills to go with three aces.

Setter Madison Maynes had another outstanding game for the Leopards. The junior finished with 32 assists and seven digs. She also kept the Bulldogs their toes with her dump balls, totaling seven kills in the match.

Katelyn Winiecki finished the game with nine kills and three blocks. Briana Voght and Darrah Jones each added three kills.

How it Happened

The Leopards dominated from the get-go, scoring eight of the first 10 points to take the early lead. La Verne took a 15-4 lead off of a pair of Bulldog errors, two Winiecki kills, and a nice dump ball from Maynes that took Redlands by surprise. The Bulldogs took a timeout to regroup but it didn't help. The Leopards kept rolling and Celaya and Winiecki ended the set with back-to-back kills. 

The Bulldogs played the Leopards close in the second, getting to within a point of La Verne's lead when a block by Sofia Olsson put the score at 16-15. That was the wake up the Leopards needed. La Verne responded by going on a 9-0 run highlighted by a Celaya ace and a big block by Sievers and Winiecki. Another kill by Maynes gave the Leopards the 2-0 set lead.

La Verne pulled away late in the third set. Sievers knocked down three straight kills to set up match point, and Maynes ended the match with an ace.

Next Game

The Leopards hit the road on Friday when they take on the Caltech Beavers at 7 p.m. in Braun Gymnasium.

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