COSTA MESA, Calif. - The Lions have stopped playing for the 2015 season, but the highlights keep coming. A day after having the American Volleyball Coaches Association laud the Blue and Gold, the NAIA echoed a similar sentiment by rewarding four members of the Pride with All-American level recognition.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa. – The Lions gave absolutely everything they had in their quarterfinal matchup against the Viterbo V-Hawks, but they were unable to pull off an upset, losing in three sets (25-23, 25-23, 25-15) to finish their incredible run at the NAIA National Championship. With the loss the Lions complete their season with a record of 25-7 and become the most successful team in Vanguard Volleyball history after winning the GSAC Championship and advancing farther than they ever have at the national tournament.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – In a match that would determine who would move on into the next round, the Lions rallied to defeat the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers in five sets (21-25, 25-23, 27-25, 22-25, 15-7) to advance into the quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa. – Entering the match against the Midland University Warriors, Vanguard knew they would have their hands full against a quality opponent, as both teams would fight for the top spot in Pool F after starting 2-0. When it was all said and done, the Lions could not get past the Warriors disciplined defense, dropping the match in four sets (22-25, 26-24, 22-25, 16-25).
COSTA MESA, Calif. - The celebration started before the match as the program honored the five seniors playing in their final home match, and ending with hoisting a championship plaque after the three game sweep. Vanguard (22-5, 15-1) was led offensively by Charlotte Heerlyn (SR/Santee, CA) hitting .556% on 11 kills. Hope International falls to 12-14, 8-8 with the loss.
ATHERTON, Calif. - The long road trip north was fruitful for the #4 Lions (21-4, 14-0) as they picked up another 3-0 victory this time by defeating Menlo (6-19, 4-10) by scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-17. Rebecca Lowden (FR/Glendora, CA) ended the contest with a match high 21 digs.