November 7, 2015
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s College volleyball team improved its record to 19-10 (10-5 GSAC) after beating the Hope International Royals (12-12, 8-7) Saturday night in four sets (25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15).
“A key mentality that we went into this match with was confident-communication,” assessed TMC head coach Allan Vince. “How well could we navigate the court with our vision, and either accept or delegate responsibility during different play scenarios. I felt we did that very well tonight. When we are communicating well, our confidence as a team becomes transparent in how we execute plays with precision, timing, and discipline. Aubrey Bekendam was a huge reason why our confidence was high tonight, for she ran the show in outstanding fashion. This being her last home game, she truly left a legacy of greatness on the floor tonight.”
Notably, before the match began, the coaching staff of The Master’s College volleyball team honored senior setter Aubery Bekendam (Orland, CA) for her four years of service to the Lady Mustangs. Attesting to her impact on the program, back on September 4th, Bekendam broke TMC’s set-assist record (2,642 – Christy Swaggerty, 2004-07) by posting 36 assists in the Lady Mustang’s 3-0 victory over the Capilano Blues. To date, Bekendam has posted a staggering 3,243 set assists in her career as a Lady Mustang.
Bekendam finished Saturday’s match against the Royals with 41 assists, eight digs, five kills, four service aces, and a .667 attack percentage. Morgan Koch (Auburn, CA) had a phenomenal evening by posting 14 kills, while Aubrey Pyburn (Sun Valley, CA) and Brittany Jack (Sandhurst, Australia) championed TMC’s defensive efforts by combining for 22 digs.
The Lady Mustangs will play in their regular-season finale next Saturday against the 14th-ranked Westmont Warriors. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. in Santa Barbara.