September 26, 2015
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s College volleyball team failed to spoil No. 1 Biola’s 14-match winning streak Saturday night as the Eagles bested the 25th-ranked Lady Mustangs (11-7, 4-2) in three sets (24-26, 16-25, 17-25).
It was next person up for the Mustangs as two regulars would watch the entire match from the sidelines. After TMC roared out of the gates with a 9-4 lead in the first set, the Eagles lived up to their billing as the nation’s top-ranked team by tying the score 10 times. The Lady Mustangs served for set point, but game one culminated with Biola producing a three-point rally, edging TMC 26-24.
Despite TMC’s defense keeping things close early in the second frame, Biola rocketed out to an insurmountable 18-8 lead. TMC showed flashes of greatness by responding with eight more points, but the Eagles managed to run off with a 25-16 win.
Mirroring set one, the Lady Mustangs kept things close in the first half of the evening’s third game. However, the Eagles unlocked the set’s 15-15 tie with a 10-2 run, closing the night with a 25-17 victory.
Aubrey Bekendam (Orland, CA) produced 22 assists, Emily Clark (Lake Forest, CA) paced TMC’s defense with 18 digs, while Britney Jones (Northridge, CA) claimed 10 kills.
“It's always a battle to play at Biola,” commented head coach Allan Vince. “We knew what we were up against, and the ladies played out our game plan well for the first game, and barely missed our chance to finish. As for the rest of the match, we made great strides to develop early leads, but Biola did a good job at getting out of system, allowing their block to be very effective. Our girls have been adapting through some key team injuries and certain athletes have stepped up into big roles. I am proud of how we stayed together tonight despite the final outcome.”
Looking ahead, the Lady Mustangs will compete in another NAIA Volleyball Top 25 showdown this Tuesday when they welcome No. 16 Westmont College to Bross Court for a 7:00 p.m. match.