9/16/10 - Royals Put Up Fight Against #4 Eagles

By Tim Gooszen
Photo by Liza Rosales

Irvine, CA- On paper, Thursday night’s Women’s Volleyball match between Hope International and #4 Concordia looked like a mismatch.  But the Royals fought back against the Eagles enough to force four sets.  In the end, however, the Eagles did prevail 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 29-31, 25-21).  Junior Naomi Iosia led the charge with a match high 23 kills and tied teammate Senior Jocelyn Moya with a match high 15 digs.

Iosia (pictured) started the Royals (3-4, 0-3 GSAC) off on the right foot with a kill to open the match.  But the Eagles (11-1, 3-1 GSAC) responded to tie the score and spark a seesaw match for the first 18 points at which point the score was tied 9-9.  Unfortunately, a 12-6 run from that tie by CUI allowed the Eagles cruise through the rest of the set.

The Eagles out killed the Royals 14-6 in the set with Iosia leading HIU with just three kills.

A quick rally of scoring by both teams opened the second set.  Though it was tied early on, the Eagles quickly built a four point lead and took control of the set and take a two set lead on the scoreboard.

HIU actually had one more attack than CUI but the Eagles managed four more kills which proved to the difference in set two.

Once the third set started, the volleyball match turned into a marathon as the set featured 19 ties and 5 lead changes.  Neither team held a lead larger than three points the entire third set.  The two service aces in the set by the Royals came at opportune times as both aces put Hope International back in front.

Junior Kassen Boesel recorded 4 of her 8 kills on the night in the set.  However, without a doubt, the stat line of the night was Iosia hammering out 10 kills in the action packed third set alone.

The fourth and final set saw the Royals score first but immediately the Eagles responded with the tie and the lead.  Even after CUI built a 6 point lead at 12-6, HIU would hang tough and claw back to within two on several occasions.  But in the end the Eagles turned away the Royals to win the match.

Junior Monique Gayton paced the offense with 40 assists on the night.  Defensively, she made her presence felt as well as she dug up 14 balls.

Fellow Junior Casey Issenmann also reached double digit digs with 10.

The Royals will have just one day to practice before heading off to face Westmont in Santa Barbara on Saturday.  First serve is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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