The MSJC volleyball team played well in the middle of their match on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough as they fell three sets to one against San Diego Mesa, the state's 10th ranked team.
Mesa got off to a fast start in the first set as they cruised to a 25-11 win with some strong serving and solid defense. The Lady Eagles found their footing in the second set however and had leads late in the second before falling 25-23. MSJC then rallied to take the third set after jumping out to an early lead and hanging on to it for a 25-22 win. In the fourth Mesa took an early 5-0 lead, but the Lady Eagles fought back to close the gap to 12-10, before another Mesa run put the match out of reach and the Olympians won the final set 25-17.
Taylor Kushner recorded a team high 23 kills in the match, helped by setter Alissya Theis who finished the evening with 43 assists. Defensive specialist Courtney Flowers had a team high 25 digs in the MSJC effort. "My hats off to Mesa, they played a good match to beat us," said Lady Eagle head coach Kevin Pratte. "We had our moments, but we could not capitalize to win the match." "The crowd was great tonight, San Jacinto is a special community and a lot of community leaders came out to support the match."
The loss drops MSJC to 8-6 overall on the season and 0-4 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference action while Mesa improved to 14-3 and 4-0. The Lady Eagles will be at home again on Friday when they host Southwestern in a 5 pm match.
Mt. San Jacinto's Taylor Kushner spikes during Eagles match against San Diego Mesa Wednesday. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)