Volleyball Bests ACU In Three Sets; Mustangs Earn First GSAC Victory

By Brett Piper, For TMC Sports Information

September 19, 2014

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – After dropping its first two conference matches, The Master’s College volleyball team (9-6, 1-2) beat Arizona Christian University (6-4, 1-2) in three sets, earning its first GSAC win of the 2014 campaign.

The Lady Mustangs dominated the stat sheet by out-dueling the Firestorm in attacks, kills, hit percentage, assists, and blocks while winning the three sets 25-19, 25-22, 25-20.

“We approached tonight’s match knowing ACU would be a tough opponent,” commented head coach Allan Vince. “We let down a little bit because we got caught off guard. However, we showed resilience and stayed on the board. I feel tonight was a big win for us because we were able to show good composure and focus. As much as we won with points tonight, we also won by having good character. I was very impressed with our ability to play “point-for-point,” a theme we have been using all year.”

Despite falling behind early in each set, the Lady Mustangs continually found a way to fight their way back.

After taking the first set, the Mustangs found themselves quickly behind 10-3 in the second frame. Right in time, TMC’s student section came alive and boosted some morale into the Lady Mustangs.  Pursuant to a rise in energy, Ashley Kuhlman (Henderson, NV) got herself into a scoring groove that helped the team complete 13 kills in the set.  Kuhlman led the Mustangs with 10 kills on the evening with Allison Child (Shingle Springs, CA) swatting nine.

Coming back from the break, the Firestorm took a quick lead, but the Lady Mustangs did not fold.  TMC continued to battle their way through the set to win it 25-20.

Aubrey Bekendam (Orland, CA) supported the Lady Mustangs with an astounding 20 assists, 14 attacks, and eight digs to snag TMC’s first conference victory.

The Lady Mustangs looks to take their momentum into tomorrow night against a scrappy San Diego Christian squad who on Friday night dropped its frist GSAC match to Westmont in three sets. Notably, the Hawks upset No. 23 Cal State San Marcos Wednesday night in San Diego.

“San Diego Christian is going to come wanting vengeance,” said Vince. “We’re going to need to be sharp on both defense and offense. I feel like it’s going to be a fun match.”

First serve is set for 5:30 PM at Bross Court.