Following its opening home week, the Embry-Riddle volleyball team is back on the road again. They will hit Northern California for the only time this season for a trio of matches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
This Week’s Matches
Simpson (2-11, 2-3 Cal Pac): The Red Hawks lost its first nine games this season, but has figured it out a bit once they have hit conference play. Simpson owns a five-set win over Providence Christian and a straight-sets win over Antelope Valley, but those are the only six sets they have won this season.
Pacific Union (2-6, 1-4 Cal Pac): The Pioneers are in the same boat its regional counterparts are, as they have just six set victories on the season in its two match wins. Pacific Union had lost four straight before beating Antelope Valley last Saturday.
UC Merced (5-6, 3-2 Cal Pac): The Bobcats got off to a rough start in conference play, but turned it around with a sweep of Antelope Valley and La Sierra last weekend. Junior Serena Choi was named the Cal Pac Setter of the Week for her performance in the two wins last week.
Katie Rolle continues to have an excellent senior year, as she leads the Cal Pac in assists per set with 9.74. It is nearly three assists more per set than the second spot in that category, and that is also the 19th best assist per set rate in the NAIA.
Freshman outside hitter Emma Barber had a great first three home matches, posting 36 kills and a .239 hitting percentage. Barber especially shined on Saturday, as she had 22 kills on just five attack errors and a .378 kill percentage.
Dalia Haase is continuing to be an important part of the Eagle defense, as she ranks fifth in the conference in blocks per set. She is averaging 0.87 blocks per set, and is fourth in the Cal Pac in total blocks with 40.
As a team, the Eagles are playing well defensively at the net, sitting third in the Cal Pac in total blocks with 81. Embry-Riddle is averaging nearly two blocks per set, and also has 21 solo blocks through its first 13 games.