The Warrior volleyball team looked poised to win their 5th match of the season as they took a 2-1 lead over Baptist Bible College Monday night. The Patriots had other plans as the team stormed back to tie the Warriors two games apiece and to take the match to a decisive set five to decide the outcome.
“Credit to BBC as they battled back after dropping two sets and played outstanding defense,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “It took everything we could do tonight to come away with a win in the final set. Hopefully, we learned some important lessons from this night as we continue our season of play.”
In the opening set, BBC came out with momentum. Calvary was struggling to get their blocks closed, they were struggling with communication, as well as serve percentage. Both teams remained even throughout the set but eventually, BBC pulled out the set.
In the second set, the Warriors started to find their rhythm. CU’s front line started to get their big swings going and BBC defensively struggled to control the athletic front line from Calvary. CU was still making too many unforced errors, but the rhythm was coming.
In set three everything came together. The serving was good, and CU started out strong and never looked back. Calvary rolled through the set with few problems. Set four started out tough again for the Warriors. The coaching staff tried to change a few lineup options and things didn’t work easily with the change. The team started righting the ship as set four was halfway done but didn’t have enough time to finish the comeback.
With a win in sight, the Warriors came out strong with a great serving run early to take the lead in the final set. Leah Grady and Hannah Davidson added kills, but the Patriots continued to chip away at the Warrior lead. Near the midway point of the set, the Warriors were confident and were swinging with purpose every time they touched the ball. The crowd got into it as they were yelling encouragement for the end of the battle to come. Brianna Hanson closed out the night by putting down a block to score point 25. The Warriors won the match 3-2.