Westmont volleyball was pushed to the brink of its first defeat before storming back to beat host San Diego Christian in five sets on Tuesday in a Golden State Athletic Conference match.
The Warriors remained undefeated with a 27-29, 18-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-9 victory. They are 6-0 overall and 3-0 in GSAC play. San Diego Christian is 5-4, 2-1.
Veterans Patty Kerman (17), Lexi Malone (13) and Brooklynn Cheney (11) collected double figures in kills to pace the Westmont attack. Cheney and Madison Morrison led an impressive defensive performance with 24 digs apiece, while Keelyn Kistner had 23 and Lillian Reininga picked up 21.
The Warriors twice served for the first-set win, but San Diego Christian sided out. After the Hawks took a 27-26 lead, Kerman put the ball away to tie the score.
San Diego Christian scored the last two points on kills by Isabella Marshall to take the set. Marshall had 22 kills on .429 hitting.
The Hawks rode the momentum into the second set and built a 16-7 lead.
Westmont fought back in the third set behind the hitting of Kerman, Hali Galloway, Cheney and Kaylee Ivie. The Warriors took a 21-16 lead on a kill by Ivie.
San Diego Christian went on a five-point run to tie the score at 21-21.
A serving error gave the Warriors the lead and Malone followed with a kill to make it 23-21.
At 24-23, Malone finished the set for Westmont with a kill from the middle.
Westmont kept the pressure on and opened up an 18-8 lead in the fourth set.
In the fifth set, the Warriors went on a 7-0 run to take an 11-4 lead. Malone and Cheney combined on a block for the 14th point, and the match-winning point came on a bad set by the Hawks.
“The difference in sets three, four and five is that our defense took flight,” said coach Ruth McGolpin. “Then, we started to get a few of the blocks. Then, hitters like Patty Kerman stepped up, Audrey Brown stepped up and we got the ball to Kaylee Ivie for timely plays.”