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Volleyball - Tue, Aug. 22, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Breanna Kirklen hit above .500 with a team-best 11 kills against LPC
Breanna Kirklen hit above .500 with a team-best 11 kills against LPC
Life Pacific College
Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – Hope International kept its winning streak alive after hosting Life Pacific on Tuesday, Aug. 22 in the Darling Pavilion. The visiting Warriors gave HIU a challenge at different points throughout the night, but the Royals were able to finish the match in three sets for a sweep and their third straight victory.

The Royals started set one neck and neck with their guests before pulling away in the second half of the set. With All-GSAC outside hitter Katie Landazuri getting a break for the night, Coach Jessica Walker expanded her rotation to test a few new looks offensively and defensively. Midway through the first set the rotation began to click for HIU and the Royals finished set one with a nine-rally win, 25-16.

Set two proved to be more competitive as LPC began to find the gaps in HIU's scheme – the Royals started the set trailing the Warriors and were forced to work their way from behind early before pulling away at the end. Solid defense from the back line and good passes from freshman Natalie Hadder set up a run that put LPC away in the set and gave HIU a 25-21 win with a chance for the sweep in set three.

The third stanza started the same way as the second, with LPC again taking advantage of early miscues before the Royals solidified their rotations once again in the third set. Breanna Kirklen and Mikayla Derieg provided a steady senior influence on the lineup while Jessica Zieg ran a quality offense to finish the night with a 25-22 win in set three and a sweep of LPC at home. The sweep also ensured that HIU remained perfect against LPC in its history, as the Royals are now 4-0 since 2015 against the Warriors.

Hadder finished the night with a breakout offensive performance, tallying nine kills and seven digs and pushing her career total to 23 in her debut season. Kirklen led the offense with 11 kills and hit .588 for HIU (11-1-17) while Camryn Rowell added 10 kills to her season line. Zieg notched another double-double with 36 assists and 10 digs in addition to three service aces.

"I think we passed extremely well – Shea Beeman had a great night, and then our middles [were key for us]," Coach Walker said after the conclusion of the match. "Bre hit over .500 with only one error and that definitely helped offensively, and then the two freshman on the outsides stepped up and did their jobs tonight. I thought Amanda came in and gave us some tough serves to get [Life Pacific] out of system."

The Royals travel to Riverside this week for a tournament at La Sierra with matches against NCCAA foe St. Katherine College and NAIA Top 25 opponent Cornerstone (MI) on Thursday and Friday before returning home next week to host La Sierra on Aug. 31 at 5:00 pm in the Darling Pavilion.

W - Volleyball
Overall GSAC Streak
11-4 (.733) 4-1 (.800) Won 5