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Lindsey Wilson Volleyball Starts Strong Before Falling to No. 4 Biola 3-0

Lindsey WilsonSIOUX CITY, Iowa. – Sierra Wilkerson had nine kills on just 19 swings and Taylor Hayne tallied eight kills and four digs, but it wasn’t enough for Lindsey Wilson College as it lost 3-0 to No. 4 Biola (Calif.) in pool play at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship.

The Blue Raiders return to action at nationals on Wednesday against Lee (Tenn.) at 3:15 p.m. CT at the Tyson Events Center in a must-win match to stay in contention to advance out of the pool.

Setter Andrea Taylor finished with 26 assists and five digs, while Kristi Hager paced the defense with 15 digs. Hager and Kala Meservey each recorded one service ace.

While Biola won in straight sets (25-23, 25-13, 25-17), it was Lindsey Wilson that came out fighting, nearly stealing the first set after being down 7-3.

After playing to nine ties, Lindsey Wilson grabbed its second lead of the set after a 2-0 start at 21-20 on Kellie Ranney’s kill. Wilkerson added another point to the lead with a kill on the next point, but serve-receive errors doomed the Blue Raiders.

The Eagles’ Crissy Cunningham sent over two straight aces to tie up the set, followed by a kill by Chelsee Arnitz to take a 23-22 lead. Lindsey Wilson would score just one more point on a service error as Biola took the set 25-23 on another Arnitz kill.

Drained from the tough loss in the opener, Lindsey Wilson found little success in the second set.

After Wilkerson started things off with a Blue Raider kill, Biola attacked right back, scoring the next six points to take control of the set. The Eagles built a lead as large as 16 points at 22-6 on an Arnitz kill.

Lindsey Wilson went on a run late in the set, outscoring the Eagles 7-2, but it was too little too late as Biola wrapped up the 25-13 win on an attack by Amy Weststeyn.

Once again, the Eagles found early success in the final set, taking a 7-1 lead. A 5-1 Lindsey Wilson run made things close again at 8-6 after a Biola error, but the Eagles went on to lead 17-12 and 22-15 before winning the set 25-17 on Courtney Doyle’s attack error.

Biola stayed hot throughout the match, hitting .394 compared to .200 for Lindsey Wilson. Strength at the net was tough for the Blue Raiders to overcome as well as the Eagles sent down seven blocks.

Three players reached double figures in kills for Biola, led by Weststeyn with 13 and Christina Douglas and Arnitz with 11 each. Biola setter Gracee Gallarda finished with a match-high 35 assists.

 

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