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Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 30, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Katie Landazuri took over as the all-time leader in kills for HIU against Westmont
Katie Landazuri took over as the all-time leader in kills for HIU against Westmont
(5)Westmont College
Hope International

FULLERTON, CA – Hope International hosted the top team in the GSAC on Saturday, Sept. 30 as No. 5 Westmont came to town. The Royals were competitive for long stretches in sets one and three but were unable to extend the match passed the third set.

While the Royals were unable to celebrate a win at home against the top team in the conference, their fans were able to watch Katie Landazuri break the all-time kills record at home. Landazuri entered the match with 1148 career kills and needed eight to tie or nine to break the original mark of 1156. Landazuri tooled a kill off the Westmont block for her ninth kill of the night in the third set and would finish the evening with 12 kills, giving her 1160 to date with nine matches remaining in the regular season.

HIU opened the first set with an early 4-1 lead and then rallied back to tie the set at 11-11 after Westmont took the lead from HIU. The set would stay close throughout and HIU would build 20-15 lead late, but Westmont proved why its players have earned the No. 5 ranking in the NAIA with a 10-3 run to take the opening set 25-23.

The Warriors built on that late run in the first with a strong opening performance in the second set – the Royals found themselves playing from behind for the entirety of the second set and would fall to the Warriors 25-13 after struggling to string together side-outs and attack opportunities.

HIU got off to another good start in the third set after Landazuri's record-breaking kill gave the Royals a 5-2 lead, but Westmont would not go away without a fight. The Royals kept their lead until the midpoint of the final set at 14-12, but Westmont rallied to tie and then take the lead at 15-14. HIU regained its footing with an 18-18 tie late in the set but the Warriors would pull away once more and ended the evening with a 25-19 final in set three.

Landazuri led all players with her 12 kills and Kierra Pearson was second for HIU with seven. Jessica Zieg and Shea Beeman combined to dish out 24 assists, while Beeman also led the Royals with 10 digs. Carleigh Cruz served up both of the Royals' service aces in the loss.

Hope International drops to 11-6 overall and is a game over .500 in GSAC at 4-3, while Westmont won its 20th consecutive match and stayed perfect in the GSAC at 7-0. HIU now has a week to recover and ready for St. Katherine on Oct. 11. Join us before the match begins as we honor Landazuri for her landmark achievement.

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