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Hope Not Lost: Warriors Point to the Positive

By Brandon Petersen, 08/23/19, 8:00PM PDT


It was a rough week for the Westcliff University women’s volleyball team.

First it was a loss that could’ve been a win, then a long road-trip setback on a back-to-back, and finally a three-set loss to Hope University (8-25, 14-25, 21-25) Friday in Fullerton.

Weeks like this happen, and when they do, a choice usually accompanies: Whether to pack up shop, or fight on.

The Warriors are fighters.

“Tough week,” Westcliff head coach Derrick Trent said. “But the girls worked hard and fought all week.”

Friday’s contest against 4-1 Hope was a microcosm of Westcliff’s fighting spirit in the face of long odds.

Hope started the match on fire, sending home the first seven winners before the Warriors finally chalked one up. The first set played out accordingly, with the Warriors on the short end of a large deficit.

Undeterred, the Warriors fought hard in the second set and took a lead before Hope fought back to grab the lead and held onto it throughout.

But the third set was a back-and-forth affair that found the Warriors up late before Hope captured the advantage and hung on.

Bad. Better. Best. When you take a loss, that’s the right way to do it, improving with each set and refusing to give up, regardless of score.

“They kept fighting,” Trent said. “Even though we didn’t get the win, we still worked hard for each other and didn’t give up at all.”

Tiana Gildernew led the way for the Warriors with 19 assists, while Sarah Roach finished the contest with a game-high 12 kills.

Crisst Almorade anchored the back row with 15 digs.

Westcliff (1-3) heads back out on the road Tuesday for a dual match with the University of St. Katherine and West Coast Baptist College in San Marcos.

First serves are 9 and 11 a.m. , respectively.

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