November 5, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Losing to a lower-ranked team is always disappointing.
Doing so twice in a row is even worse.
On Tuesday, this was the case for The Master’s Vollege volleyball team when the 14th-ranked Westmont Warriors marched into Bross Court and topped No. 11 TMC 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-19).
The loss brings the Lady Mustangs’ 2013 record to 17-7. In conference play, TMC’s loss to then-No. 12 Vanguard on Saturday and Tuesday's loss to Westmont narrows its win-loss margin to 6-5.
“Obviously, tonight we did not get the results we wanted,” assessed head coach Bobby Blanken. “Westmont did a great job. It was painfully obvious that they had prepared greatly for tonight’s match. They took our best player out of the match and forced us to do things differently. I’m really impressed with how much they have developed.”
Collectively, Westmont posted 45 kills, eclipsing TMC’s 34. The Lady Mustangs posted 46 digs and 32 digs.
Ashley Newton (Henderson, NV) posted 12 kills, Aubrey Bekendam (Orland, CA) tallied 24 assists, while Rebecca Peluffo (La Crescenta, CA) earned 14 digs. Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA) followed with 11 digs.
Despite the untimely loss, head coach Bobby Blanken is still optimistic about the remainder of the season.
“We still have three matches,” commented Blanken. “We’re at Arizona Christian this weekend and will prepare for them over the next few days. Also, seeing what happened against Concordia tonight still gives us hope to finish strong.”
TMC was not the only squad who was upset by a lower-ranked team on Tuesday as No. 10 Vanguard narrowly beat perennial powerhouse No. 2 Concordia in five sets (23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21, 15-10).
And while that unlikely victory gives Blanken’s squad hope to make strong run into the postseason, it may also motivate the Firestorm to burn TMC by handing them a third consecutive loss.
"We'll be far away from home, which is never easy," further assessed Blanken. "Hopefully we'll get back on track."
Saturday’s road match in Phoenix is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM.