The Lady Mustang volleyball team notched their first GSAC win of the 2011 season Saturday night against Hope International University. The win puts the Mustangs at 13-4 (1-1).
Hope International drops to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in GSAC play.
The match went back and forth through first four games before TMC won the deciding game in nail-biting fashion.
The first set was close the entire way with eight ties and four lead changes, but Hope strung two points together to take the set 28-26.
The second set was controlled by the Lady Mustangs after breaking an 11-11 tie. Coach Blanken's team would not trail again in the set.
The third set was all Hope. They never trailed and were never tied after breaking yet another 11-11 tie.
TMC would go on to dominate the fourth game in which they never trailed after the teams were tied at six. That left the match tied at two games apiece.
In the deciding set the Lady Mustangs had a seven point lead before allowing HIU to close within one. Then Master's put the game on ice with a kill for the final point of the match.
TMC was lead by Jamie Long who had 21 assists, Rebecca Gieske who had 19 digs, and Victoria Callihan who had a team high 13 kills. Ashley Newton lead the way with a .429 hit percentage.
HIU was lead by Naomi Iosia who had 16 kills and 14 digs while Sabrina La Rusch had 26 assists and 12 digs.
The Lady Mustangs will travel to Santa Barbara where they will face Westmont on Tuesday night at 7:00pm.
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