October 30, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Master’s College volleyball squad, ranked seventh in the NAIA, survived a scare Tuesday night against #12 Westmont (22-7, 5-6 GSAC) by narrowly winning the evening’s conference showdown in five sets (25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 16-14). The Mustang’s win not only delivered a broom job to the Warriors for the 2012 campaign, but also pushed TMC’s record to 23-4 (8-3 GSAC).
Set one served as a good barometer for the evening as the GSAC rivals traded blows through the entire set. The Warriors got out to strong lead of 4-1. TMC used kills from Tori Callihan (Simi Valley, CA) and Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA) to fight back into a tie at 8-8. The fight was on for the remainder of the set as neither team could deliver a final blow. Eventually, Westmont would take the first set 27-25 in dramatic fashion.
The Lady Mustangs used a string of kills to take a 6-1 lead early in the second set. TMC played very sound fundamentally to get out to a 13-7 lead. Westmont doubled their efforts to force a 19-19 tie. Facing three more lead changes, the Mustangs broke a 23-23 tie and took the set at 25-23 after a kill from Rachel Taylor and a Westmont service error.
Set three weighed in favor of the Mustangs as the squad controlled the match early on. In fact, the only deficit the Lady Mustangs faced was when the Warriors started with a 1-0 lead. TMC quickly turned things around and took advantage of many Westmont miscues to stretch their lead to 20-13. From that point, the teams swapped points until the Lady Mustangs took the set 25-20.
In the fourth set, the Lady Mustangs started off with a 1-0 lead, but never seemed to find their rhythm offensively. Westmont was a steady force in the set which lead to the Warriors slowly walking away from the visiting Mustangs. The home team never gave TMC a real chance to get back in the set after the close beginning. The Lady Mustangs suffered too many self-inflicted errors which enabled Westmont to even the match at 2-2 with a 25-16 win.
Forcing a fifth and final set, the Lady Mustangs found themselves in an up-hill battle as the squad faced an early 6-2 deficit. But the NAIA’s seventh ranked team escaped the possible upset by assembling an offensive effort to tie the match at 7-7. And while the Mustangs faced four more tie points, TMC eventually concluded the evening by taking the set at 16-14 with a final kill by Alyssa Gergins (Murrieta, CA).
Samantha Dougherty had a team high 14 kills and 20 digs in the game for the Lady Mustangs. Alyssa Gergins had a game high .500 hitting percentage while Rebecca Peluffo (La Crescenta, CA) lead TMC with 24 digs.
The Lady Mustangs return to Bross Gym on Saturday, November 3rd, to host Arizona Christian (9-18, 1-9 GSAC) in a 7:00 PM match.