Strong Season Ends in Loss for Cougars

Though the Women’s volleyball team was able to upset rival Cal Baptist in their win in the regional semifinals last Thursday, their post-season dreams were dashed when the Fresno Pacific sunbirds beat the Cougars in the match for the National Christian College Athletics Association West Region championship on Saturday.

“We were doing well offensively, but I felt our passing and defense struggled a bit,” said head coach Chris Keife. Senior setter Sophie Burns finished the match with 34 assists and 10 digs and junior hitter Jackie Landers posted 15 kills and 10 digs, but the strong offense was not enough to hold down Fresno Pacific.

Fresno Pacific finished their season as NCCAA West Region champions with a 25-13 fourth set victory. Even though the cougars missed the regional title, they did finish their 9th consecutive 20-win season.

Keife was satisfied with the season and with the talent that many of the new players brought. “We gradated seven seniors, so coming into the unknown in a new conference with the amount of travel we went through, we did very well. The girls played hard all season and did well, so I’m very happy with how it turned out,” said Keife.

Even though the team wasn’t able to nab the championship, senior Sophie Burns finished the season with 1,086 assists. Cumulatively, she has 2,662 assists throughout her college career, placing her with the fifth highest all-time number.