College Volleyball: Eagles eliminate La Sierra, advance to conference title match

Cal-Pac Player of the Year Jalin Yoder leads Eagles with 15 kills

It was a breakthrough performance for the Embry-Riddle volleyball team, which advanced to the Cal-Pac Conference Tournament championship match on its third attempt against the same opponent with a 3-1 win over La Sierra on Thursday night.

Cal-Pac Player of the Year Jalin Yoder recorded 15 kills for the Eagles, while Lyndsey Weiler added 13. Audrey Baldwin led all passers with 39 assists and Megan Riley recorded 21 digs on the defensive side. Leah De Laurell and Sharik Joseph each had five block assists.

The 2017 regular-season conference champion Eagles are now riding an 18-match winning streak after dispatching two-time defending tourney champ La Sierra (California) in the semifinals on its own floor in Riverside, California. La Sierra had eliminated ERAU from the postseason in the Cal-Pac title match in 2015 and in the semifinals in 2016.

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With the 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 25-16 victory, top-seeded Embry-Riddle (27-3, 14-0 Cal-Pac) will face UC-Merced after they beat Antelope Valley 3-2 in the other semifinal match Thursday night. Official start time Saturday in Riverside for the tournament title is set for 7 p.m.

The Cal-Pac tournament champion receives an automatic bid into the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Championship tournament Nov. 18 at campus sites and Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 at Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.