By Brett Piper, For TMC Sports Information
October 7, 2014
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Bouncing back from a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Biola University last Thursday, The Master’s College volleyball team upset the visiting 17th-ranked Vanguard University Lions in five sets.
“What a match!” commented head coach Allan Vince. “Credit to Vanguard. They came out and played with consistency and strength. We were able to overcome them and played for the next ball. We are continuing to mature as players and are piquing to be the team that we want to be.” 3
With the win, TMC’s 2014 record improves to 13-8, and 4-4 in conference play. Currently, the Lady Mustangs sit in fourth place in the GSAC standings.
With the Lady Mustangs possessing a 19-8 commanding lead in the first set, TMC went on to complete the frame with six unanswered points via Lion errors, a pair of service aces by Chloe DeAngelis (Scottsdale, AZ), and kills by Britney Jones (Northridge, CA) and Allison Child (Shingle Springs, CA).
However, in the next two sets, TMC fell to the Lions with scores of 25-21 and 25-22, respectively.
But, with their backs against the wall, the Lady Mustangs came out strong in the fourth set. With the score tied at 5-5, Ashley Kuhlman (Henderson, NV) smacked a kill off one of Aubrey Bekendam’s (Orland, CA) astounding 44 assists on the night. The floodgates then opened, and the Mustangs sprinted to a 25-20 win, setting up a decisive fifth set.
With the match on the line, Child continued what she has done all season – kill the ball.
To open the final set, Child drilled a kill off Bekendam’s assist to take the lead 1-0. From there, Child cranked three more kills mid set, and then ended the match with a game-winning tally.
It was a great all around effort as many Lady Mustangs played their roles to victory. TMC dug 77 balls, led by Emily Clark (Lake Forest, CA) with 22, Bekendam had 15, DeAngelis scooped 13, and Hamilton posted 11.
Now, the Lady Mustangs turn their attention to No. 3 Concordia University when the Eagles come to Bross Court Saturday night for a 7:00 PM match. TMC fell to the Eagles 3-1 in Irvine back in September.
“Tonight’s match was a great momentum builder,” further commented Vince. “We’re going to need it against Concordia this weekend and play a consistent match. If we can control the match and the environment, Concordia could fold in the middle. It’s going to take consistency with a professional pursuit of excellence.”
Tuesday’s victory was the first time all season the Lady Mustangs beat a team ranked higher than themselves…