REDLANDS, Calif. – Vanguard (11-7) continues its break from Golden State Athletic Conference play, squaring off for the second of three non-conference matches. After a victory less than 18 hours before, the Lions took on the University of Redlands (6-10). Vanguard left with a 3-0 victory (25-13,25-17,25-21) which marked the fourth three set win of the season for the team.
The Blue and Gold rode offensive and defensive advantages to the victory as they tallied more kills and a higher hitting percentage than the Bulldogs in each set. During the first two frames, the Pride and Redlands both had five errors. The difference in set one was 14 kills and .265 hitting for the Lions compared to only eight kills and a .094 attacking percentage for the Bulldogs. The second set was much of the same as Vanguard had 13 kills and .216 hitting versus 11 kills and .162 attacking for their opponent. This was the best offensive output by the Bulldogs despite the closer nature of the third set. Vanguard won the last set despite their lowest number of kills (11) and highest number of errors (eight).
For the second straight game, Taylor Jackson (SR/Las Vegas, NV) highlighted the offensive attack for the Blue and Gold with eight kills on only 12 attempts for a scorching .583 hitting rate. Juanae Johnson (SR/Santa Monica, CA) was once again right behind her with seven kills on 11 tires for .545 hitting. The team combined for one solo block – by Eliana Johnson (FR/Scottsdale, AZ) off the bench – and eight block assists. Juanae Johnson was the leader in that category with three on the day. Kirstin Trabert (SO/Corona, CA) posted 17 assists off the bench and Kylie Garrett (FR/Ladera Ranch, CA) record 12 with the starting unit of the 6-2 offensive formation. Rebecca Lowden (JR/Glendora, CA) had 13 of the teams 61 digs with Eliana Johnson, Garrett, Trabert, Hailey Gordon (JR/San Diego, CA), Sam Rice (SO/Temecula, CA), and Amanda Sappington (SR/Wildomar, CA) all recording between five and seven digs – 34 in total.
Next Match: Friday, October 13 at 7:00 PM against the University of California - Santa Cruz