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Alexander: Twin power has made Cal Baptist volleyball unbeatable so far

By in Press Enterprise on October 10, 2017

By Jim Alexander

RIVERSIDE — When twins McKenna and Madison Witt took their talents indoors, transferring to Cal Baptist to play volleyball as graduate students after stellar beach volleyball careers at the University of Arizona, some adjustment was expected.

The transition didn’t take long at all.

Cal Baptist enters the week 16-0 and No. 6 in the AVCA Division II rankings. Of course, the Lancers were No. 5 last week, went to Northern California last week and swept a three-match PacWest road trip, picked up a couple extra first-place votes and yet dropped a spot. So go figure.

They face home matches this week against Chaminade on Wednesday night and No. 25 Azusa Pacific on Saturday afternoon, and the Witts likely will be key factors. McKenna, a 5-10 outside hitter who was named the PacWest player of the week Monday, is averaging 3.38 kills and 3.87 points per set.

Madison, a 5-10 opposite hitter and the younger sibling by a whopping three minutes, is averaging 3.45 kills and 4.10 points per set. She beat her sister to player of the week honors by two weeks.

They are here because the itch to compete doesn’t fade even after four seasons on the beach, two of which they concluded as All-Pac 12 first-team selections and All-Americans; because they had eligibility available for the indoor game, and because their high school coach in Glendale, Ariz., Jen McGauley, made the match with CBU coach Branden Higa and his assistant, Blair Penner.

They joined a team that, aside from a pair of senior All-Americans — outside hitter Lauren Hackett, the program’s other conference player of the week this season, and setter Sydney Kralj — was quite young.

Starting with a four-set beating of then-No. 5 Winona State in the third match of the season, this bunch has knocked off five ranked teams. They’re one of […]    

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