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Offense sparks Warriors 3-1 win over Oregon Tech

Warriors improve to 7-2
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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The William Jessup University women’s volleyball team wrapped up their participation in the Simpson Volleyball Classic, taking on their toughest opponent the University of Oregon Tech Owls.

But the Warriors came ready to play resulting in a 3-1 (27-25, 14-25, 25-16, 25-17) advantage to extend their win streak to four and improve to 7-2 overall.

"Going into the match today we knew that Oregon Tech would be tough," WJU head coach Shasta Millhollin said. "They are a very well coached team with a lot of size, experience, and athleticism. Our main focus … was to serve tough and side out quickly."

With a total eight aces in comparison to the Owls four, returners Taylor Jacky (4), Jessica Williams (3) and Kacey Berger (1) proved to test the defense from the back line.

Adding to the points column, Jacky led the offensive force at the net with 14 kills and teammates Danielle Schoen (12) and Sydney Molander (11) added their double-digits as well.

"We beautifully executed in both areas. Our offense really began to click today too, which is something we have been waiting for," said Millhollin.

Defensively the Warriors out blocked OIT with nine total stuffs by Vendela Williams (4), Schoen (3) and Kassidy Heuvelhorst (2), tripling the Owls efforts of three. 

Reflecting on the day, Millhollin concluded, "The most important thing that happened … is that our team continued to embrace our ‘we (greater than) me’ motto. Everyone on our team had each other's back every single point. Both our bench and the players on the court were focused on every point. As a coach, that's everything."

The Warriors will host a scrimmage against Chico State on Thursday at 4 p.m., before hitting the road to conference opponent Menlo for a two-day tournament Sept. 1-2.