The Columbia College volleyball team was pushed to the edge in Friday’s national quarterfinal round, but came out on top, 23-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-18, 15-10 over California Baptist in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Cougars came all the way back from down 17-10 in the third game to have multiple game points, but couldn't close out the game. The failed comeback attempt put the Cougars' backs against the wall in the final two games, but they were able to fight back and win the final two games to outlast the Lancers.
Vesna Trivunovic had 23 kills and 13 digs to lead the Cougars to the victory. Conference player of the year Paula Ferreira dished out 54 assists and had 18 digs, while Serena Jenkins had 15 kills, seven digs and four blocks. Ingrid Carmona led the way for California Baptist with 24 kills and 15 digs.
The win was the 29th straight for the Cougars, moving them to 41-2. They will face a big challenge when they face No. 1 Lee University (39-0) at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tyson Events Center in the national semifinal match. The winner will play for the NAIA national championship later that night at 8 p.m.