The Lady Mustang volleyball team hosted the Eagles of Concordia University tonight in Bross Gym. The Eagles entered the game as the number 10 team in the NAIA with an 18-5 overall record (9-5 in the GSAC).
Game one started with two quick points by the Eagles causing the Mustangs to spend much of the opening set trying to recover those two points. At last with several great digs by Windham, a stretching hustle play by Brook Bekendam and hits by Kapuscinski and Dougherty, the Mustangs found themselves in a tie game at 16-16.
From there the teams traded leads over the next several points until the Eagles once again claimed a two point lead at 21-19 and Coach Blanken called a time out. The talk must have gone well because the Mustangs went back out fighting and with two kills by Tori Callihan and a block by Jillian Anderson and Sam Dougherty they were able to tie things up once again at 23-23. The Eagles called a time out to try to settle things, but Sarah Oskam had a big outside hit on the next play to put the Mustangs up 24-23. Unfortunately the Mustangs could not close out the game and saw the Eagles take the next play with a big play by their star for the night, Amber Ridens who nailed a ball to the back of the court to tie things up once more.
The next play the Mustangs went outside to try to re-gain and advantage but were blocked, giving the Eagles the 25-26 lead. To finish the set, the Eagles went back to Ridens in the back row and she once again hit it towards the back line where two Mustang defenders were waiting but unable to control the ball. The Eagles took the opening game 27-25.
In the second game the Mustangs had the first point, but the Eagles jumped out to a bigger lead than they'd had in the first game, and earlier. The Eagles tightened things up on both sides of the ball, causing issues for the Mustang hitters and putting pressure on their defense. To make matters worse, the Mustangs were called for a rotational error. With little going their way, the hosts soon found themselves down 3-14. Reprieve didn't come until an Eagle hitting error that allowed the Mustangs to get their 4th point. It was another Eagle error, this time a service error, that got them to point 5. Rather than take the moment and capitalize on it, the Eagles quickly composed themselves and responded with two more points for their own. Not a lot else that was good happened for Master's as Concordia held the Mustangs to only 8 points to close out game 2.
Game three did not start much better for the staggering Mustangs. The Eagles raced out to a 10-3 lead. Despite a timeout, the Mustangs could not slow Concordia's momentum and the lead swelled to 13-3. At last, Samantha Dougherty had a big hit that went down after a long rally, and the Mustangs got their fourth point. They played back and forth with the visitors for a few points before the Eagles again extended their lead to 19-7. Unable to create the comeback necessary, the Mustangs managed to get a few more points but the Eagles closed the game quickly and finished the set at 25-14 and winning the match 3-0.
The Mustangs will have a few days to regroup before they host Hope International at home on Saturday night at 7:00 pm.