The Gist of It
October 22, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Shaking off the rust from a nine-day hiatus, The Master’s College volleyball team made quick work of West Coast Baptist, beating the Eagles 3-0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-11) Tuesday night at Bross Court.
The non-conference victory lifts the No. 11 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs’ 2013 record to 15-6.
“I’m very happy with the way the girls played tonight,” commented head coach Bobby Blanken. “Shaniah Gist’s performance tonight was very encouraging. Her hard work is really paying off.”
Gist, (Camarillo, CA) a sophomore setter, notched 11 assists and 2 digs in Tuesday’s showing.
“Also, our middle blockers did a fantastic job of bringing pressure. Again, I’m really proud of our girls tonight. It truly was a team victory!” further assessed Blanken.
Living up to Blanken’s praise, Tuesday night was truly a team victory as every available Lady Mustang volleyball player received valuable experience.
Ashley Newton (Henderson, NV) led all scorers with 10 kills, while Aubrey Bekendam (Orland, CA) and Morgan Fay (Santa Clarita, CA) each tallied 7 kills. Bekendam also tallied a game-high 12 assists, while Stacey Jones (Scottsdale, AZ) chipped in 8 digs.
Overall, TMC notched 37 kills, 35 assists, 32 digs, and 10 service aces.
“We’ll enjoy this victory tonight,” said Blanken. “But tomorrow, we’ll look to the other Eagles that we really want to beat.”
Those other Eagles are none other than Biola University, the NAIA’s 3rd-ranked team.
Biola currently boast an overall record of 16-2, and 6-1 in GSAC play. The last time TMC and Biola met, the Eagles bested TMC in 4 games.
Saturday’s GSAC showdown will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Bross Court.