The Master's College dropped a tough match to
Westmont College at home on Tuesday night 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 24-26,
19-25). The loss sets the Lady Mustangs record at 16-19 (4-7)
and Westmont's record stands at 7-12 (5-6).
Set number one was close most of the way, but Westmont
came alive late in the set to put away the Lady Mustangs.
Early on in the set neither team could get in rhythm and take
control. The teams were tied at 5-5, 10-10, and 14-14 along
the way. However, the visitors took over after that last tie
and went on an 11-5 run to end the set at 25-19.
In the second set, Master's was in control early, but
the Warriors battled back to to the set at 12-12 and eventually
took the lead at 15-14. The Wariors went on to stretch their
lead to 19-15 before Master's got back in the set. Samantha
Dougherty had two straight kills which brought TMC to within one.
The home team eventually fought back and tied the set 20-20.
From that point on it was anyone's game as the teams would
trade points until Westmont went up 24-22. TMC had a little
bit left in the tank, however. Samantha Dougherty had another
clutch kill which tied the game at 24-24. The Lady Mustangs
went on the win the set 27-25 on a block by Tami
The third set was close the whole way although Westmont
maintained a slight edge early on. Westmont went on a 3-0 run
at the 12-13 point in the set which gave them their largest lead at
16-12. The Lady Mustangs then answered with their own 6-2 run
which put them in the lead at 18-17. As was the theme
throughout this set, Wesmont answered right back to stop the run
and tie the match at 18-18. Victoria Callihan and Jenna
Kapuscinski combined for a block that gave TMC the lead at 20-19
which seemed to inspire the Mustangs squad. However, the
visiting Warriors were not done yet. They stormed back and
eventually went on to take the set 26-24.
The fourth set did not look good at the beginning.
Coach Blanken's team had many unforced errors which
translated into being down early. The Lady Mustangs would
battle through the adversity and cut the Warriors lead to one at
12-11 on a kill from Victoria Callihan. The very next point
Callihan tied the game up with another kill. After that,
Westmont took over by executing when they needed to and
capitalizing on TMC mistakes. The final tally in the fourth
set was 25-19.
Samantha Dougherty continued to play well as she lead
the way with 16 kills. Jamie Long had 30 assists, and Rebecca
Gieske had 25 digs to lead the Lady Mustangs.
Next up for the Lady Mustangs is a road trip to play San
Diego Christian on Saturday.