Behind a career-high 22 kills off the right arm of junior Kayla Chapman, Dixie State’s women’s volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 road victory at Point Loma on Saturday night inside the Golden Gymnasium.
The Trailblazers (10-13, 8-7 PacWest) edged the Sea Lions by a 26-24 count to claim the first set, but PLNU (9-15, 6-10 PacWest) answered with 25-22 and 25-19 wins in the next two frames to vault to a 2-1 lead in the match.
From there it was all Trailblazers, though, as they used a 16-4 run to break a 9-9 tie to roll to a 25-13 set-four victory to square the match at 2-2. Dixie State then closed the match with a 15-10 win in the deciding fifth set.
Along with Chapman’s career night, sophomore Lauren Gammell tallied 12 kills along with a team-high five blocks (two solo), and senior Brette Barney added 10 kills. DSU collected 60 assists on its 68 kills on the night, including career highs of 30 assists for freshman Jordyn Nelson and 24 dimes for sophomore Kara Moore.
A night after being held to a season-low hitting percentage, the Trailblazers bounced by hitting .263 in the five sets, including a .455 clip in the fourth frame.
DSU’s defense also stepped up as Dixie State limited the Sea Lions to a .184 hitting percentage, thanks in large part to seven total team blocks and four Trailblazers collecting double figures in digs, led by junior libero Sid Brandon with a team-high 15.
Dixie State returns home for its final three-match PacWest homestand of the 2017 season, which begins Monday against Hawai'i Hilo inside the DSU SAC at 6 p.m.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.