September 07, 2012
ROCKLIN, Calif. - The Master’s College volleyball team opened play in the 2012 William Jessup Tournament Friday, September 7, with an afternoon matinee against Simpson University and a nightcap against tournament host William Jessup University.
TMC vs. Simpson University:
The Mustangs handled the Simpson Red Hawks with little problems, winning in three sets (25-12, 25-7, 25-17).
Rachel Taylor (Sun Valley, CA) led TMC with nine kills, four digs, one block assist, and a .182 hitting percentage. Tori Callihan (Simi Valley, CA) added six kills, two blocks assists, and a .857 hitting percentage. Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA), Ashley Newton (Henderson, NV), and Britney Jones (Northridge, CA) all chipped in four kills. Dougherty also led the team with 10 digs. Not to be overlooked, sophomore setter and libero Olivia Gwinn (Santa Clarita, CA) made her season debut and contributed two digs.
The No. 16 Mustangs were dominant to begin the first set and controlled the match for the entirety of the day. TMC hit .333 as a team and highlighted the second set by hitting .529. TMC’s stingy defense held the Red Hawks to a -.107 hitting percentage on the match.
The matinee was a solid win for TMC, but the Mustangs knew another challenge was just around the corner.
TMC vs. William Jessup University:
Head coach Bobby Blanken and his prevailing Lady Mustangs lifted their 2012 season record to 11-1 Friday night in a showdown against the William Jessup Warriors. The Mustangs made quick work of the tournament hosts, winning the match in three sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-14).
Tori Callihan spearheaded the effort with eight kills, three digs, and a .400 hitting percentage. Ashley Newton contributed five kills, three digs, two blocks assists, and a .714 hitting percentage. Rachel Taylor added eight kills, Alyssia Gergins (Woodland Hills, CA) had seven more, while Stacey Jones and Sam Dougherty both had four apiece, and Jenna Kapuscinski (Sylmar, CA) tacked on two more. Gergins also led the Mustangs with a match-high 29 assists.
TMC hit .320 in the first set to win 25-14 and followed with a slow .121 in the second stanza to win 25-20. However, the third set showed a red-hot .478 to win 25-14. The Mustangs hit .284 on the match, compared to .039 for William Jessup.
No. 16 TMC is back in action tomorrow for the final day of the tournament. The Mustangs will face Menlo at 11:00 AM and conclude with Daemen (NY) at 3:30 PM.
Friday proved to be a great opportunity for a variety of TMC athletes to gain valuable game-time experience and work on different rotations. The more game experience that the Lady Mustangs bench can receive, the better, as TMC is one week away from opening league play against fourth-ranked Biola.