The Master's College Lady Mustangs volleyball team traveled to Costa Mesa on Tuesday night to take on No. 21 Vanguard. The visiting Mustangs fell in four sets (23-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-14) which puts their record at 15-9 (3-6) while Vanguard moves on to 16-8 (5-4).
Samantha Dougherty continued to play well as she lead TMC with 14 kills and also added a .258 hit percentage. Alyssa Gergins had a team high 20 assists while Rebecca Gieske had 12 digs.
KaUwila Lavea had a game high 21 kills for Vanguard. Lisa Morgan had 15 digs to lead the Lions, and Alexandra Leja had 21 assists.
The first set was close, but Master's never lead after losing a 4-3 advantage early in the set. Although they never managed to regain the lead, Coach Blanken's team battled the whole set and dug deep to come back and tie the set 23-23 by going on a 7-3 run. Samantha Dougherty had two kills and Victoria Callihan added one of her own during that run, but Vanguard would not be denied as Jamie Heenan had two kills to end the first set 25-23.
In the second set, neither team had a lead larger than two until TMC went up 17-14. The teams went back and forth up to that point, but then Vanguard found their rhythm and closed out the set on an 11-5 run. Victoria Callihan had a team high four kills in the second set, but that wasn't enough as the home team won 25-22.
The third set began much like the first two as the teams went back and forth to a 12-12 tie, and that's exactly when the Lady Mustangs picked up there play and dominated the rest of the set. Alyssa Gergins had two important service aces and Samantha Dougherty had three kills in the decisive 13-4 run. TMC took the set 25-16.
The fourth and final set was all Vanguard. Coach Blanken's team got off to a slow start and was never able to recover as the Lions kept their foot on the gas the whole set. The home team won the fourth set by a score of 25-14 to take the match.
Coach Blanken's team will travel to Fullerton to take on Hope International on Saturday.