November 3, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The success of TMC's 2012 volleyball campaign can be traced to a simple coaching philosophy: Take each game one game at a time – and pursue excellence throughout. The Lady Mustangs did just that Saturday night in a conference match against Arizona Christian, as TMC extinguished the firestorm in three sets (25-7, 25-12, 25-16) and extended their seasons record to 25-4 and 9-3 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
“Our focus going into tonight was no different than any other game we’ve played this season,” commented Mustang coach Bobby Blanken. “We wanted to pursue excellence, and I’m very pleased at the results we achieved.”
In front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the Lady Mustangs put on an exciting show as many members of TMC’s bench experienced valuable playing time. In what was deemed as “a total team effort” by Blanken, 11 athletes of the Mustangs 13 person roster contributed to the 3-0 routing of the GSAC’s newest member.
Leading the way for the Mustangs was Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA) with 16 digs and nine kills. Rachel Taylor (Sun Valley, CA) followed with eight kills, and Ashley Newton (Henderson, NV) tacked on six.
However, the Mustangs have little time to dwell on their 25th win as Coach Blanken and his squad prepare to host Concordia University, the NAIA's No. 1 team on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm. The Eagles currently hold a perfect record of 28-0, and 12-0 in the GSAC.
“Would beating Concordia be something we’d like to do? Of course,” assesses Blanken on the upcoming match. “They’re a great team and are fully intending on appearing in the National title game this year. Our focus now is to just finish well this season.”
The opportunity to finish well is ripe for the picking, but in order for the Mustangs to do so, they’re going to have to continue their season by taking each game one at a time.