Dixie State volleyball no match for No. 12 Cal Baptist

Dixie State's Hannah Doonan (9), Dixie State University vs. California Baptist University, St. George, UT, Sept. 15, 2017, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State’s women’s volleyball team opened its final season of Pacific West Conference play on a sour note as the Trailblazers dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 12 California Baptist Saturdayafternoon at the DSU SAC.

The Trailblazers (2-7/0-1 PacWest) hung tough with the ranked Lancers (9-0/2-0 PacWest) in the early going in set one and enjoyed a 14-12 lead midway through the frame. After a CBU timeout, the Lancers responded with five-straight points as part of a 9-3 spurt to erase the deficit on their way to a 25-21 set one win.

Dixie State’s Lauren Gammell (6), Dixie State University vs. California Baptist University, St. George, UT, Sept. 15, 2017, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

After CBU went up 2-0 in the match with a 25-16 triumph in set two, the Trailblazers looked as if they may climb back into the match as DSU held a 14-11 lead at the halfway point. However the Lancers would again rally with a 10-2 run and would hold on for a 25-22 victory to clinch the sweep.

Freshman Kaycee Adams collected nine kills to lead DSU, while junior Hannah Doonan added six kills and 10 digs. Dixie State hit .133 in the match and finished with 33 kills in the match. CBU’s Madison Witt led the Lancers with 15 kills and 12 digs.

Dixie State returns to the road next weekend as the Trailblazers make their final trip to Hawai’i as a member of the PacWest Conference. DSU will play two matches on the islands, starting with a game at Hawai’i Pacific on Friday, Sept. 22, followed by a date at Chaminade on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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