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Volleyball - Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Anna Stevenson and Shea Beeman produced 53 combined digs for HIU (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Anna Stevenson and Shea Beeman produced 53 combined digs for HIU (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Hope International
The Master's University

SANTA CLARITA, CA – Hope International traveled north to face The Master's on Thursday, Sept. 30 in its sixth GSAC tilt of the season. The Royals were able to take two sets off of their hosts but could not close the deal in the fifth before falling on the road.

HIU opened the night with a 25-17 loss to their hosts in the first set after falling behind late in first frame. The Royals stayed in lockstep with the Mustangs out to a 14-14 tie midway through the set, but TMU began to pull away and HIU could not recover the momentum to start the evening.

The second set was much better for HIU on offense after improved passing in the back and it showed up on the box score with four more kills and four fewer errors than the Royals' first set performance. HIU hit .244 as a team in the set with three fewer errors than the Mustangs and was able to even the set count at 1-1 on the night with a 25-19 win in set two.

The third set was a battle from start to finish that found the Royals playing from behind early. Despite committing a match-high 12 attack errors in the frame, HIU was able to steady the ship midway through the set and took a small lead late in the frame that would give them the win in the third stanza.

Set four brought back more struggle for HIU as the Royals committed eight attack errors in the frame and fell behind early. The Royals never completed a comeback attempt in the frame and consistently trailed by five in the frame before falling 25-19 to force a decisive fifth set.

The Royals started the fifth set with a strong showing but faded down the stretch in front of a rambunctious TMU home crowd. The Mustangs made up for an early deficit in the final stanza and tied the match with HIU at 8-8. The Royals fell behind for good after that final tie and would lose the match with a 15-11 defeat in the fifth.

Katie Landazuri led all players in the match with 17 kills and added four digs to help her teammates take the match to five on the road. Kierra Pearson was a swing behind with 16 kills and notched a double-double by supplying 11 digs. Shea Beeman added a match-best 28 digs to her career tally and Anna Stevenson was just behind with 25 of her own. Jessica Zieg rounded out the top performers for HIU with 46 assists.

Errors and strong play from the Mustangs' middle blockers undid the Royals on the road – HIU committed a season-high 35 attack errors, and when taking TMU's 16 blocks into account, 19 of those errors were unforced.

HIU falls to 11-5 overall and are now 4-2 in the 2017 GSAC standings. The Royals will have a day to recover and regroup for Westmont on Saturday as the Royals return from a four-match road trip tomorrow night at 7:00 pm in the Darling Pavilion.

Career notes:

Landazuri is now nine kills shy of becoming the all-time leader for HIU … Beeman needs 150 digs to take over as the second all-time leader for HIU … Beeman is five aces away from cracking the top 10 all-time list for service aces at HIU ... Zieg is 22 assists shy of jumping Megan Kerr for the fifth position on the all-time list for HIU … Zieg is 53 assists shy of fourth all-time and needs 192 to take over as the third-leading player.

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Overall GSAC Streak
14-7 (.667) 6-4 (.600) Lost 1