Biola/Red Lion Summer Slam: Day 2
August 23, 2013
LA MIRADA, Calif. – Hoping to rebound from their first loss of the season yesterday against Davenport (MI), The Master’s College volleyball team competed today in the 2013 Biola/Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Summer Slam.
TMC, the ninth-ranked squad in the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, faced No. 6 College of Idaho at 11:00 a.m., followed by a 3:00 p.m. match against William Jessup.
#9 The Master’s College: 3 – #6 College of Idaho: 1
The Lady Mustangs entered their match against the College of Idaho motivated to right the ship from Thursday afternoon’s embarrassing loss to Davenport.
In game one, TMC faced an early 11-5 deficit when freshman newcomer Marinda Killeen (Scottsdale, AZ) sparked a 6-1, run tying the match at 12-12. From there, the first game boasted four ties (13-13, 14-14, 15-15, 16-16) before the Lady Mustangs managed to run away with the set at 25-21.
Game two was a lopsided set from the start as TMC quickly posted a 9-3 run before the College of Idaho coaching staff called a timeout, hoping to stop the Lady Mustangs’ momentum. Unfazed by the break, TMC picked up where they left off by ending the set at 25-14. Standing as a testament to the Lady Mustangs’ stout defense, the ‘Yotes never once tied the score or gained the lead in the set.
The tables turned in the third set when the ‘Yotes topped the Lady Mustangs 25-12, forcing a fourth game.
Looking like the momentum was still in their favor, the College of Idaho commanded the better part of the fourth set before TMC’s Aubrey Bekendam (Orland, CA) delivered a much-needed kill putting the lady Mustangs up 20-19. From there, the Lady Mustangs pushed their way to a 25-21 victory backed by kills from Aubrey Pyburn (Burbank, CA), Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA), and Allison Child (Shingle Springs, CA).
Dougherty led all scorers with 18 kills, Bekendam notched 31 assists, and Rebecca Peluffo (La Crescenta, CA) tallied 23 digs. Overall, TMC claimed 51 kills.
#9 The Master’s College: 3 – William Jessup: 0
Over the summer, it was announced that William Jessup would join the Golden State Athletic Conference in 2014. On Friday, fourth-year Mustang volleyball head coach Bobby Blanken sent an early conference “welcome” to the Warriors by beating them in three sets (25-16, 25-22, 25-20).
Set one was tight from the start as both teams posted eight ties and three lead changes before WJU’s Arianna Brusa committed a service error, giving TMC a 16-15 advantage. From there, the Lady Mustangs posted a 9-1 run that was highlighted by kills from Child and Pyburn, followed by two consecutive service aces from Olivia Gwinn (Canyon Country, CA), ending the set at 25-16.
Hoping to prove the first set was a fluke, the Warriors came out swinging in the second game. Facing a glaring 20-12 deficit, WJU managed to tighten the gap to 22-19. But the Lady Mustangs stayed resilient and finished the game with a 25-22 final score.
Finally catching on to TMC’s attack plan, the Warriors manufactured a 7-2 early start in the third set. The Lady Mustangs answered with a 5-0 rally bringing the score to 7-7. Facing only one more tie at 8-8, TMC fought hard to close the match at 25-20, lifting their overall season record to 3-1.
Dougherty led the Lady Mustangs with 12 kills, Bekendam posted 14 assists, and Peluffo earned 15 digs. On the way to the sweep, TMC tallied 22 kills, 30 assists, and 46 digs.
The Lady Mustangs now head back to Santa Clarita where they will prepare to face Cornerstone (MI), Westminster (UT), Azusa Pacific, 25th-ranked Carroll (MT) at the 2013 Asics/Wyndam Labor Day Classic next weekend at Concordia University in Irvine.