Fresno Pacific's quest for a final NAIA volleyball title fell short in Friday's elimination round of the national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
The four-time defending champion Sunbirds – who have six titles overall but are moving to NCAA Division II – lost to Golden State Athletic Conference rival Biola 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-11. The teams won on each other's court in the regular season.
"I'm just really proud of the team because they fought on every single point, even when we were down," said first-year Sunbirds coach Kelly Winter, whose team finished 17-13. "We had to fight in so many matches this year, and we were right there, we were so close."
Senior Martina Gregusova closed out her Sunbirds career with 15 kills and 14 digs. Erica Adachi had 14 kills and 12 digs. Emily Carroll had 29 assists.
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Biola freshman Amy Weststeyn (Central Valley Christian High) had 11 kills with a .409 hitting percentage. Christine Douglas led the Eagles with a match-high 20 kills.
Weststeyn and her teammates were closed out later Friday in the quarterfinals, losing to No. 3 Lee (Tenn.) 26-24, 25-23, 25-16. Weststeyn had 11 kills.
Embry-Riddle of Florida, with former Clovis West standout Emily Jacobson contributing 10 kills, beat Southern Oregon, 25-17, 25-11, 23-25, 25-11 but lost to Texas-Brownsville in the quarterfinals. Jacobson had four kills.
Top-seeded Concordia swept GSAC rival Azusa Pacific to reach today's semifinals against No. 4 Columbia (Mo.) Lee will face Texas-Brownsville in the other semifinal, with the title match Sunday.