By Brett Piper, for TMC Information
October 2, 2014
LA MIRADA, Calif. – With hopes of continuing their winning streak and upsetting a national contending team, The Master’s College Lady Mustangs (12-8, 3-4) met their match as they were swept in three sets (25-19, 25-14, 25-17) by the fifth-ranked Biola University Eagles (15-4, 5-1).
The Lady Mustangs took the first point of the match and for a brief period attained a 5-4 advantage, but Biola’s Alyssa Mason’s efforts kept the Eagles in the set. Mason went on to smash five kills in the set, leading to the 10 she finished the night with.
Unfortunately for the Lady Mustangs, the Eagles brought their newfound momentum from late in the first set into the second and third set to defeating TMC 25-14.
In the third set, the Eagles started with a 7-0 lead and did not show any signs of slowing down. Biola went on to take the set with a commanding 25-17 win.
Statistically, the Lady Mustangs were led by Ashley Kuhlman (Henderson, NV) who had an attack percentage of .368 with nine kills. Aubrey Bekendam (Orland, CA) led the team with 27 assists, while Emily Clark (Lake Forest, CA) managed nine digs.
Next Tuesday, the Lady Mustangs will compete against No. 17 Vanguard University. In their last conference meeting, Vanguard topped TMC in five sets.
“We had a great game plan against Biola and knew what their tendencies and weaknesses were, but couldn't come together consistently as a team to execute defensive and point scoring opportunities throughout the whole match,” commented head coach Allan Vince. “Biola put us in bottleneck situations with tough serving and good hitting, and controlled the match the whole way through. I saw glimpses of glory in our ability to score flawlessly when our passing was on. There were diamonds in the coal despite the outcome.”
First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. on Bross Court.