Concordia 4-0, Westminster the Cinderella Team
Last Friday and Saturday, Concordia and Vanguard hosted the Asics/Crowne Plaza Labor Day Tournament. As expected, our ladies went 4-0, and just like last year, only one set was dropped. That set was the first set of the first game on Saturday, game three of four, against Rocky Mountain College in Montana. Rocky won the first set 25-19, but Concordia did not allow Rocky to score more than fifteen points in the next three sets, 25-12, 25-14, 25-10.
Our second match was against Jamestown College in North Dakota. After winning set number one by a score of 25-14, the reserve players were allowed a chance to showcase their talents, winning the next two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-22. While the success of Concordia was expected, the success of Westminster College was not. The private school from Utah was able to down GSAC opponent and arch rival, number six, Biola, in three straight sets, all ended with extra point wins, by scores of 33-31, 26-24, and 27-25. Star Freshman, Clotile Harris led the charge in the first set and a half until she was sidelined from the tournament with a knee injury. Senior outside hitter, Ericka Evans took over and led Westminster to the sweep. Biola fans were stunned and silenced when Westminster Freshmen Setter, Emily Atkinson, ended it with an Ace. The Harris-less Griffins carried their momentum in to their second match against GSAC foe, Westmont College, and beat them in five sets by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 20-25, 15-25, and 15-10. This tournament, a GSAC morale booster, boosted the morale of a non-ranked Westminter team that did not receive one top twenty-five vote. Concordia's GSAC home opener is against Biola this Saturday, September 11th, Patriot Day, at 7pm in CU Arena. Westminster's next match will be on the road, Thursday, September 9th, against Rocky Mountain College, in which live stats will be available on their website, http://www.westminstergriffins.com/index.aspx?path=wvball.