The Westminster Wolves controlled the Gateway Olympians 3-0 Oct. 3 in a crucial late-season conference volleyball matchup in front of a boisterous Gateway crowd. Behind timely points and fantastic …
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The Westminster Wolves controlled the Gateway Olympians 3-0 Oct. 3 in a crucial late-season conference volleyball matchup in front of a boisterous Gateway crowd.
Behind timely points and fantastic defense throughout, Westminster (8-7, 3-2 in conference) surrendered the lead to Gateway (7-9, 1-3 in conference) just twice in three sets.
“I was impressed with the defense we were playing,” Westminster Coach Marcel Bandera said. “We struggled a little bit attacking, but I think our defense is how we stopped Gateway tonight.”
In game one, Gateway recorded the 1-0 lead. But after the opening point, Westy fired back with a convincing 25-13 run to end the set.
The second affair was close early on, as the Lady Olympians got within a 9-8. From there on, however, a 16-12 run capped the win for Westy. Senior MeMe Chhay’s overpowering spikes and sophomore Emily Leyva’s fantastic diving plays earned the road team multiple points in the frame.
The final set began with Gateway taking their biggest lead of the evening, 2-0.
Westminster clawed their way back, tying things at three. Five-straight points for Westy, led by senior server Elizabeth Cedillo helped gain back control, for the time being. However, after the 11-6 run by the Lady Olympians, things were squared away at 14.
Point 15 swung momentum Westminster’s way, thanks to Chhay. Rising high above the net, the righty slammed the game-leading shot for Westminster, giving them a lead they didn’t give up the rest of the way.
“Oh my gosh she (Chhay) was the most important player for us tonight, she’s amazing,” Bandera said. “She made a couple of mistakes, but she was definitely the key to success tonight.”
The final exclamation point came from junior Anisa Jaramillo on her perfectly executed shot ended the contest, 25-21.
Chhay recorded 17 of the teams’ 30 kills. Blocking-wise, senior Fernanda DeAlba led the group with two. Junior Naomi Butler had a team-leading 19 digs followed by 10 from Leyva. Leyva also led her team with 24 assists.
Winners of four in their last five, Westminster has hit their stride heading into their final six games of the regular season.
“The goal is to beat everyone else. We work hard every single practice to improve all of our skills, and it was reflected right here tonight. Hopefully, we can keep things going.”
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