COSTA MESA, Calif. – Vanguard University Athletics announces the departure of head coach Eryn Leja after completing her seventh season with the Blue and Gold to pursue other professional opportunities. During her six years in the top seat, she guided the Lions to one of the top NAIA programs and a key cog in the always tough Golden State Athletic Conference. In 2015, under Leja's direction, the Vanguard Volleyball program captured its first ever GSAC Championship as Leja garnered Conference Coach of the Year recognition and was named the AVCA Regional Coach of the Year. She propelled the team to the NAIA National Tournament in five of her seasons, a feat only two prior teams from Vanguard had reached. Twice she coached the Lions into the Top 12, getting the team out of Pool Play, and in 2015 the senior laden squad reached the NAIA Quarterfinal round. She recruited and coached two GSAC Libero's of the Year and the 2015 Conference Player of the Year.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – The NAIA has released the 2016 list of All-American's which featured a pair of Lions from the women's volleyball team. Becca Lowden repeats on the list on NAIA All American Honorable Mention's and Juanae Johnson (JR/Santa Monica, CA) makes her first showing. Both Lowden and Johnson were named to the All-GSAC team last month and each earned at least one GSAC Player of the Week award throughout the year. Luckily for the Pride, the duo will return for 2017 as they shoot to get back to the NAIA National Tournament.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – The Golden State Athletic Conference has released its 14 member All-Conference team ,presented by Under Armour, for the 2016 Volleyball season and the fourth place Blue and Gold placed two members on the squad. Vanguard University was represented by Rebecca Lowden (SO/Glendora, CA), making the list for the second straight year, and Juanae Johnson (JR/Santa Monica, CA) who earns the prestigious recognition for the first time in her Lions career.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Saturday Night was a time of celebrating for the Vanguard Volleyball program. The evening began with celebrating a trio of players who have changed the fabric of the team with their presence over a combined 10 years. Then, as the action began, the crowd was in for a treat as Vanguard (1-20,10-6) and Hope International (11-16,5-11) battled the full five sets in the bookend contest for both teams. Vanguard pulled out the win by set scores of 25-15,28-26,17-25,20-25,15-11.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – For the final time in conference play history, the Vanguard Lions and # 19 Biola Eagles squared off in The Pit. Vanguard (13-20, 9-6) started out hot winning the first set 25-17, before the Eagles (23-9,13-3) kept their postseason lives afloat winning the next three sets with some outstanding individual plays.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – For the second time in as many years, the Lions have swept the GSAC Player of the Week votes behind a 2-0 record. The Blue and Gold defeated Menlo College and William Jessup University, with success by three key individuals. Aubryn Coale (FR/Huntington Beach, CA) has been balling out of late and took home her first career Attacker of the Week recognition. Rory McCloy (SR/Colorado Springs, CO) was honored for the first time this season, adding to the award she won last season as Setter of the Week. Last but not least, Becca Lowden adds to her awards collection winning conference Defender of the Week. Coale put up a team high 24 kills in the nine sets played, McCloy dished out 48 assists, and Lowden averaged 24.5 digs per match last weekend.