Volleyball Burns-Out Firestorm
November 9, 2013
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Master’s College volleyball team snapped its two-game losing streak Saturday night by beating Arizona Christian 3-1 (25-11, 20-25, 25-14, 25-21) in Phoenix.
The win brings the 11th-ranked Lady Mustangs’ 2013 record to 18-7 (7-5 GSAC). ACU’s record drops to 1-21, 0-12 in conference play.
TMC took the first set quickly by ousting the Firestorm 25-11, producing a sparkling .542 attack percentage along the way.
ACU stormed back in the second set by taking the Mustangs 25-20. That second frame was the first time all season that ACU had taken a set from a ranked opponent.
The Lady Mustangs got back on track in the third set by taking ACU 25-21, grounded by their .556 hitting percentage and 18 kills.
Set four was close until TMC pulled out from a slight 18-16 lead by producing a 6-5 run, finishing things at 25-21.
Since joining the GSAC in 2012, TMC leads the conference series against the Firestorm at 4-0.
Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA) led all scorers with 18 kills and tied Rebecca Peluffo (La Crescenta, CA) in digs with 10. Ashley Newton claimed 10 kills, while Aubrey Pyburn (Burbank, CA) and Allison Child (Shingle Springs, CA) earned 9 and 8 kills, respectively. Aubrey Bekendam (Orland, CA) chipped in 33 assists.
“Ashley Newton and Allison Child have been truly exemplary with their hard work and contributions to the team,” commented head coach Bobby Blanken. “I'm very happy to see them commit to being the best they can for their teammates.”
Collectively, TMC earned 54 kills, 54 digs, 48 assists, and finished the night with a .336 attack percentage.
Despite beating the Firestorm, the Lady Mustangs aren’t out of the fire yet as they now look to take down No. 2 nationally ranked Concordia on Tuesday in Irvine. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.