Westmont Volleyball closed out the final day of the Hope International Summer Slam with a pair of victories to run their early-season record to 3-1.
In the morning game, Westmont swept Montana Tech in straight sets by scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-23. Later, the Warriors took down the Cougars of Saint Francis (Ind.), 22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-21.
Westmont’s middle blockers Kaylee Ivie and Lexi Malone tallied seven points each to help lead the way for the Warriors in the opener.
Patty Kerman led the team with eight kills while Hali Galloway added six.
“Our defensive effort was key,” reported coach Ruth McGolpin. “We were able to get the scramble plays up with great coverage. The defensive effort was 100%.”
Brooklynn Cheney tallied 25 serve receptions and 16 digs while Lauren Friis contributed 11 serve receptions and 23 digs.
Westmont regrouped after the first set loss against a strong St. Francis team.
“After the first game, we came back with tough serving and scrappy defense,” said McGolpin. “In sets two, three and four, we were firing on all cylinders. The blocking was fabulous and the digging was great. The desire to play as a team and play for each other was good.”
Galloway recorded a team-high 15 points and a .367 attack percentage. Rea notched 11 kills, connecting on 11 of 21 attempts without an error for a .524 attack percentage. Cheney and Kerman added 10 points each.
Saturday afternoon, Westmont will host an alumni game. The following Saturday, the Warriors will travel to Thousand Oaks to take on California Lutheran at 4 o’clock.