The senior outside hitter Young, playing in her final match at home by leaving everything on the court. She attempted 52 attacks, committing just four errors and hitting a solid .288 for the match. It wasn't enough as the Red Storm (17-9/14-6 PWC) dropped their home finale and left their debut in the NCAA Regionals in question.
Point Loma (23-7/16-4 PWC) jumped out in front of the Red Storm by winning the first two games. The Sea Lions cruised to victory 25-19 and 25-21. In game one, the score was tied four times and saw four lead changes with PLNU breaking a 6-6 tie and never looked back. In the second game, after a quick 1-0 DSU lead, PLNU lead the rest of the way and won 25-21.
In the third set, the Red Storm responded in a nice fashion, building a 14-8 lead and forcing a PLNU timeout. But, the Sea Lions didn't go away easy and scored six straight points to knot the match of at 14.
DSU responded with three quick points, but once again PLNU battle back to cut it to 18-17 and then again at 20-19. The Red Storm bent, but never broke as the Sea Lions forced DSU to win 26-24 on a service error and a Young kill.
In the final set both team battled back and forth, the game included 12 tied and three lead changes. With PLNU building its lead to 20-16, coach Robyn Felder called a timeout and the Red Storm responded b scoring four straight points. Kendahl Weiland (Albany, OR/West Albany) earned a kill on a set from Shelby Sorenson (Lehi, UT/Lehi). An attack error by the Sea Lions cut it to two, Maddie Rex (Tucson, AZ/Sabino) followed with a service ace and then Weiland earned her 10th kill of the match to tie it at 20-20.
But the seasoned PLNU team responded with a 5-0 run to close the match out 25-20. Heather Leavitt picked her match high 21st kill to silence the DSU crowd.
"We had our chances today," said head coach Robyn Felder. "We played a little nervous early and it really cost in the match."
Besides Young and Weiland in double digit kills, Rex finished with 13 and also added a match-high 26 digs.
DSU entered the match as the No. 9 ranked team in the NCAA DII West Regional poll, with the top eight teams receiving invites to the tournament. DSU will find out its fate on Sunday Nov. 23.