Denver, Colorado – Azusa Pacific started the final day of competition in the Premier Challenge with a straight-set sweep in Central Missouri.
Katarina Radishic The outside hitter had 13 kills on 27 attempts and had a hit rate of 44%. Annaka Jorgenson The number of kills also reached double figures, recording 12. Aubrea Banfield He had a season-high 28 assists and scored four points for the Cougars by serving aces. defensive, aggressive, Serena Balderas Digging up the Cougars with 15 each, kira palmbush When Jaela Bernard Each recorded a solo block and two block assists.
How it happened: The first set saw seven draws and several lead changes, but it was the Cougars who ultimately took control of the match. Azusa Pacific held a slight 19–18 advantage when Jenny’s service error gave the Cougars a 25–19 opening win that gave him a set victory as he marked the start of a 6–1 run. Radisic scored 3 of 6 points during the stretch.
Azusa Pacific, trailing by a score of 11-9 in the second round, flipped the set and earned eight unanswered points to surge at 17-11. Radisic scored three more kills during the segment, so once again he was at the center of the Cougar run. Minutes later, the Cougars continued another unanswered streak as Azusa Pacific extended their 19-13 lead to a 24-13 set point situation. Jorgenson scored the set in his 25–14 victory after Jenny regained the points.
Azusa Pacific closed out the match with a 4-0 lead in the third set, with the Cougars holding the lead throughout. While Jenny was able to hang out and keep close, Azusa Pacific kept her cushion by more than two points, with the score 23-20, Jorgenson was his 24th and his 25th in the set. I was able to record a kill streak on the second point, so I signed a contract with the Cougars.
By numbers: The Cougars had the second-highest hit percentage in the campaign, finishing with 31% (44 kills on 105 attempts, 11 errors). At the net, Azusa Pacific achieved a season-high total of six blocks four times this season. With his 3-0 victory for the Cougars this morning, Azusa his Pacific took his first four wins of the season, all in straight sets.
next: The Cougars will conclude the Premier Challenge with a match against Lewis at 5:00 PM MT (4:00 PM PT) today. This match will be his first place match in his bronze bracket. For more information on the current bracket, please visit the Tournament Central page.