The Lady Mustangs hosted the Lions of Vanguard University in tonight's volleyball match. The visiting Lions entered the game with a 12-9 record, 4-8 in the GSAC and both teams were hunting for another conference win.
Game one was a competitive affair with neither team pulling ahead through the first 20 points. With just five points to go the Mustangs began to slip up. Sandwiched between two Lion Kills, TMC hit three balls long and suddenly the close match was over with VU up 25-20.
In game two the Mustangs came out firing and had a monster hit by Sam Dougherty to start the game. They were able to build a three point lead and hold onto it for a short period before the Lions tied things up again at 8-8. Both teams were playing very scrappy volleyball, sometimes being creative to get the ball back over the net. Back to back errors by the Mustangs however, gave the Lions the advantage back at 11-9. In the next three plays they had two more errors- one on a block and one on a serve, allowing their guests to expand their lead to 13-9. The Lions started forcing TMC into attack errors as well by getting their blockers on the Mustang hitters early. The Lions continued to pull away and ended up taking game 2 easily with a 25-19 score.
With one game to keep themselves alive, the Mustangs were going to have to dig in. The first three points of the game however, it was the Lions in the driver's seat. They used three kills in a row to start the game. The Mustangs continued to look frazzled and out of synch as the VU lead ballooned to 11-3. TMC struggled to get their blockers in good position and their back row players couldn't seem to find the proper angles to dig the Lion attacks.
Things began to look pretty bleak until the Mustangs made a bit of a comeback. Benefitting from two Lion service aces and a blocking error, combined with a hustle play and service ace of their own, the Mustangs were able to make some headway as they got the score to 9-14. With the game on the line at 24-18, the Mustangs held on to a long volley in which the ball crossed the net a handful of times. The play ended on a Jenna Kapuscinski kill. On the next play the Mustangs were able to get another point off another Kapuscinski kill to get to 20-24. It was too little too late however, as the Lions put a ball down one play later and took the game 20-25. It was the visitors walking away with another conference win, and accomplishing it in three games.
The Mustangs will try to bounce back with a win on Saturday when they travel down to La Mirada to face the Eagles of BIOLA University.