The Columbia College volleyball team defeated No. 8 Azusa Pacific 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20 on Thursday to give the Cougars three straight wins in pool play at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
The victory gives the No. 5 Cougars first place in their pool and a bye in the next round that puts them in the tournament quarterfinals. In three matches in the past three days, Columbia College beat Rocky Mountain College, Oklahoma City University and then Azusa Pacific.
The Cougars were led by sophomore setter Paula Ferreira, who recorded 50 assists to go along with 12 digs. Junior outside hitter Vesna Trivunovic had 22 kills.
The Cougars must wait on the results of the remaining pool play matches and single-elimination matches before receiving a seed or news of their next opponent.
No matter who they play, the Cougars will be back in action on Friday at either 5:45 p.m. or 8 p.m. Semifinal matches are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday with the NAIA championship match scheduled for 8 p.m. later that night.