The Westmont Volleyball team came back from an 0-2 deficit and extended the match to five games  before losing on a contested call at conference rival Menlo. The scores were (25-21, 26-24 16-25, 18- 25, 16-14).

The Warriors’ (21-6, 12-4 GSAC) loss and the Oaks’ (16-9, 12-4 GSAC) win put both teams into a three-way tie with Hope International for the conference lead heading into the final week of the regular season. 

In game five, Westmont battled to leads at 6-3, 10-6 and 12-9. Following a Menlo timeout, the momentum shifted toward the home team and they took a 15-14 lead. 

On the next play, it appeared that senior Cassidy Rea hit off the Menlo block and the ball went out of bounds. The official ruled their was no touch by the blockers and awarded the point to Menlo for the match. 

“We had our chances in game five and we didn’t close it out,” said Westmont coach Ruth McGolpin. “We left it up to bad breaks and calls by the officials and that’s not a way to finish after controlling that game 12-9. We let up and made some mistakes. We made our bed.” 

Despite the tough loss, the Warriors remain entrenched in the Golden State Athletic Conference race for first place. They will host their final two regular season games this week at Murchison Gymnasium. Victories in both games will ensure the Warriors of a share in the conference title. 

“We’re still in a good position,” noted McGolpin. “Our first goal is to win this Friday. We’ll honor our senior, Cassidy Rea, and look to take the first step to finishing out the regular season in a strong way.” 

Westmont will host Arizona Christian on Friday.