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Wildcats Evade Silverswords – Central Washington University Athletics

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In the second match of a four-match regional tournament, the Central Washington University volleyball team escaped the Chaminade Silverswords with a win in five sets (25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 11-25, 15-11).

“We had to dig deep and find a way,” CWU Head Coach Mario Andaya said. “Chaminade played great defense and converted well. We had to match that and we found a way.”

In the first set, CWU took an early 7-5 lead behind kills from Marianna Payne, Ashley Kaufmann and Emma Daoud-Hebert. The ‘Cats went on another three-point run shortly after to take a 10-6 lead. That’s the largest lead CWU had.

The Silverswords stuck together, fighting to cut the deficit. They went on a four-point run towards the end of the set to tie the score at 23-23. But, a CU attack error gave CWU their penultimate point and a Hannah Stires service ace clinched the set-winning point.

Chaminade started the second set quickly and the Wildcats found themselves down 2-4. A four-point run, including two kills from kylie thorne and to Aunt Andaya ace, gave the ‘Cats a lead at 6-4.

The Silverswords took five straight points in the middle of the set as CWU fell behind, 11-13. A Payne kill followed by a Chaminade attack error leveled the score at 16-16.

After a service error gifted Chaminade a point, CWU went on a streak of eight straight points. The streak included three more aces from Stires, to take a 24-17 lead. A Kaufman kill ended the set for the Wildcats, now in a position to potentially sweep the Silverswords.

Chaminade took a three-point lead to start the third set, but an Andaya kill tied it at 3-3. The Silverswords took another lead, but Payne tied it up with a kill to make it 6-6. CU jumped out to their biggest lead yet at 8-12 and CWU responded with a timeout.

Out of the timeout, the Wildcats went on a four-point run to tie the set at 12-12. CWU fell down four points again when the score was 15-19. But, the ‘Cats kept applying pressure. Andaya tied the set at 21-21 with a kill.

CWU was unable to score again and the Silverswords took the third set, 21-25, avoiding the sweep.

Chaminade dominated the fourth set, jumping out to an early 3-12 lead. The Wildcats couldn’t muster anything together offensively and the lead continued to grow for CU.

The score was 9-23. An Andaya kill got CWU their tenth point in the set, but the Silverswords convincingly ended the set, forcing set five.

The fifth set started out even, with the teams tied at 5-5. CWU proceeded to go on a run, taking five straight points, fueled by kills from Alyssa Smith, Thorne and Andaya, to make the score 10-5. Chaminade failed to cut the deficit to anything less than three. A Smith kill clinched the match-winning point for the Wildcats as they won the set, 15-11.

Kaufman led the team in kills (14) and added 15 digs. Daoud-Hebert led the team in blocks (9). Thorne logged 11 kills and seven digs. Andaya recorded nine kills, led the team in assists (28), and added six digs. Stires had a team-high in aces (5) and digs (20). Payne logged eight kills and five digs.

“Hannah and Ashley grinded out passing and defense all match. Emma led the charge blocking. Shauny came in and gave us good energy. Good team effort to battle til the end,” Andaya said.

After today’s victory, CWU’s record is now 4-2. They have a busy day tomorrow with two matchups to finish the four-match regional tournament this weekend.

“We need to regroup and get rested up for a big challenge tomorrow,” Andaya said.


Saturday, Sept. 3
10:30AM PST
Vs Biola
University Gym
Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday, Sept. 3
6:00 PM PDT
vs. Cal State San Bernardino
University Gym
Los Angeles, Calif.

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