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Volleyball - Thu, Aug. 31, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Katie Landazuri notched another match with 20+ kills against LSU
Katie Landazuri notched another match with 20+ kills against LSU
La Sierra University
Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – The Royals hosted La Sierra on Thursday, Aug. 31 and stared the match strong before losing control of the match. HIU took the first two sets from the Golden Eagles before losing the last three straight, falling in five on their home floor.

The Royals started the first set especially strong and got out to an early lead before finishing with a 25-19 tally. The Royals' passing began to slip in the tail end of the opening set, and unfortunately that would become the norm the rest of the way through the match. The Royals were able to win the second set with a late push to a 25-22 finish, but their luck and receiving touch ran out afterwards.

The Golden Eagles took advantage of HIU's miscues in the third set and onward at the service line and would finish with 12 aces against the Royals, many of which would come in the last three sets. LSU caught HIU in a bad rotation in the third set and jumped out to a lead it would not relinquish for a 25-17 lead at the end of the set.

Now playing bonus volleyball for their home court fans, HIU briefly redoubled its focus and effort on the home court before watching the set slip away again. A late push at the end of set four looked promising for the Royals, but LSU was able to pull away for good and sent the match to a fifth set with a 25-23 finish.

The fifth set was not the Royals' best of the night, and it was reflected in the early stages of the final set. LSU jumped out to an insurmountable lead after the Royals struggled to put together any offensive momentum and HIU fell on its home court to LSU in five after a 15-9 loss in the final set.

On the bright side, HIU's Katie Landazuri was able to add 22 kills to her career tally and is now only 124 shy of breaking the all-time kills record held by Alyson Lumley. Shea Beeman led the team with 24 digs, Jessica Zieg dished out 46 assists, and Camryn Rowell continued her breakout freshman campaign with a tidy 15 kills with only four errors in 35 attempts. Zieg and Landazuri also notched double-doubles for their trouble as each cleared double figures in digs.

The Royals are now road-bound for six of their next eight matches and will spend most of September away from home – HIU will end September by hosting Westmont on Sept. 30 after playing eight matches on the road, including six of the eight against GSAC opponents. Be sure to tune in via hiuroyals.com for links to live video and stats during the long spell on the road.

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