August 24, 2012
LA MIRADA, Calif. – The Master’s College Volleyball team went toe-to-toe with the Midland Warriors, taking the match in five sets (25-16, 17-25, 18-25, 25- 21,15-13) to lift their record to 4-0.
Tori Callihan (Simi Valley, CA) had team high 17 kills for the Lady Mustangs while Rachel Taylor (Sun Valley, CA) claimed 16. Alyssa Gergins (Woodland Hills, CA) dished out 47 assists for TMC, while junior libero Rebecca Peluffo (La Crescenta, CA) chipped in with a team high 25 digs.
Friday’s dogfight began with TMC holding a seven point lead at the 18-11 mark with great defense and well placed kills from Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA), Stacey Jones (Scottsdale, AZ), and Callihan. The Warriors battled back and cut the lead to five, but the Lady Mustangs stopped all hopes of a first set victory and closed the game with a kill by Jones to make the final score 25-16.
The second set was a close race in the beginning as both teams went back and forth. However, Midland capitalized off an 8-0 run and put the score at 14-6. From here, the Warriors took control and never looked back. Service aces by Becca Gradoville and kills by Mackenzie Scheff and Keri Lunz gave the Warriors a 25-17 victory.
The third set proved to be close in the beginning just like the second set, as both the teams worked to a 13-12 score in favor of Midland. The Warriors stretched their lead to 21-15 at one point, but Master’s battled right back to make it a 23-18 game. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, TMC’s defense faltered and surrendered the third set 25-18 to force a fourth set.
Both teams came out swinging in the fourth set as Master’s fought to tie the match. Hoping to retain their lead and close the match in four, the Warriors gave the Mustangs their very best. After a timeout by Midland, the Lady Mustangs came out and scored six out of the next 10 points in the set to make it 20-15. After another Midland time out, the Mustangs held onto the lead, fended off the resurgent Warriors, and took the set 25-21. The dramatic win tied the match at 2-2 and forced both teams into a final fifth set.
The fifth and final saw the Mustangs capitalize on many Warrior mistakes. Midland jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, but the Mustangs used a string of well placed kills to pull it to 5-5. The teams traded leads four times until a kill by Midland’s Mackenzie Scheff tied the game at 13. The Warriors self destructed and gave the Mustangs the set and match after two untimely attack errors.
The Mustangs will return to Chase Gymnasium tonight to meet Concordia (OR) in the final round of the Biola Summer Slam. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 PM.