By Brett Piper, For TMC Sports Information
September 26, 2014
Rocklin, Calif. – The Master’s College volleyball team (11-7) snagged a victory on the road after battling through four sets against the winless William Jessup University Warriors (0-13) Friday afternoon.
Despite dropping their first set to the Warriors 25-22, the Lady Mustangs turned things around to win the next three sets 25-23, 25-16, and 25-12.
WJU got on the board early in the first set after a kill by Jennah Richmond, but the Lady Mustangs quickly tied things up on the next possession. With the score tied at 1-1, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead and maintained an advantage over TMC for the rest of the set.
“William Jessup came out connecting and making great defensive plays, taking the first game pretty handily,” commented head coach Allan Vince. “We had to find a way to combat their strength of strong defense and good tips and roll shots.”
After a quick wake up call, the Lady Mustangs bounced back in the second set, working collectively to tie up the match with multiple kills by Cassidee Angangan (Cutler, CA), Aubrey Bekendam (Orland, CA), and Ashley Kuhlman (Henderson, NV). Kuhlman had a team-high 15 kills in the match.
Set three opened with TMC taking an early lead, having the Warriors tie it 2-2, and end with the Lady Mustangs closing things at 25-16. TMC’s lead came by a game-high nine points in the set.
Much like the third set, the Lady Mustangs came out firing with Allison Child (Shingle Springs, CA) smashing four kills en route to a 25-12 victory.
Even though TMC came out to a cold start, they were able to pick up the slack and play in dominating fashion like they had expected to from the start.
Statistically, Kuhlman led the way for the Lady Mustangs with kills and 28 total attacks, Bekendam served up 37 assists, Emily Clark (Lake Forest, CA) dug 16 balls, while Chloe DeAngelis (Scottdale, AZ) was right behind her with 15.
“Our passing and defense stepped up to the challenge led by Emily Clark and we were able to then attack with three options and lay it on thick in the middle with Kuhlman and Jones who did great things at the net,” said Vince. “Alison Child found her stride and helped pace the pin attack while hitting high and hard at the defense. We found a way to take charge of the momentum and use it to fuel our strengths as a team.”
Now, TMC looks to continue their winning-streak as they prepare to face Westmont College in a conference battle on Tuesday.
“Once we were in rhythm tonight, it was a night and day difference as we took control. We will need that momentum to come out of the gate strong on Tuesday against Westmont,” assessed Vince.
First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. at Bross Court.