August 23, 2012
LA MIRADA, Calif. - The Master’s College volleyball team earned a huge win on Thursday afternoon against No. 8 Lewis & Clark State (ID) in four sets (25-21, 23-25, 27-25, 25-15). The win pushed the Lady Mustangs' record to 2-0 and their second consecutive victory over a nationally-ranked team.
While the score indicates dominance on the part of Coach Bobby Blanken's squad, the match featured 33 ties and 18 lead changes that kept both teams competing down to the wire.
In the first of four sets, the Warriors held onto an early lead only to be caught by TMC which tied the set at 10-10. From that point on, there were four lead changes and seven ties before the Mustangs finished the Warriors off with four straight points, two of which were contributed by Tori Callihan (Simi Valley, CA). Callihan finished the match with 13 kills, three blocks, and a hitting percentage of .357.
The Warriors showed a spark of life and lived up to their national ranking in the second set. Lewis & Clark State used two service aces, a bad set by TMC, and a series of Mustang attack errors to put themselves in control. The Warriors maintained a comfortable lead for the majority of the set and eventually won 25-23.
Despite a rough second game, TMC showed resilience and rallied to take the third set 27-25. Game three featured 17 ties and 12 lead changes. After a kill by TMC’s Rachel Taylor (Sun Valley, CA), an attack error on part of the Warriors secured the set for the Mustangs and put them ahead 2-1.
Set four was owned by the Mustangs. TMC sprinted to a 4-2 lead and never were caught. Out of the 17 kills notched by the Mustangs, eight of them came from outside hitter Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA). Dougherty ended the afternoon with 19 kills, 14 digs, and a .267 hit percentage. Coach Blanken's squad finished off the fourth set in dominating fashion to win 25-15.
The Mustangs get little time off as they take on Southern Oregon, Thursday night, August 23, at 6:30 PM in the second round of the Biola Summer Slam Tournament.