The MSJC women's volleyball team officially opened the season on Saturday in Ridgecrest and came away with two victories; defeating Allan Hancock and Cerro Coso.
In the opening match of the day the Lady Eagles downed Hancock in 5 sets as they rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the fourth set 25-15 and the fifth 15-13. In the first set MSJC found themselves down 9-2, before rallying following a timeout to tie the score at 15-15. Later in the set with the score tied at 20, MSJC went on a 3-0 run which included an ace by Alyssia Theis to take control and win the opening set 25-22. MSJC dropped the second and third sets by scores of 22-25 and 23-25 before storming back in the 4th and 5th sets. The fifth set was close the whole way as neither team could ever build a lead of more than 2 points. Taylor Kushner had a big cross court kill to give MSJC a 9-7 lead and the teams traded side outs the rest of the way giving the Lady Eagles the victory. Kushner finished the match with 27 kills and 10 digs while freshman Jessica Santos added 14 kills and 10 digs. Theis, the Lady Eagles setter, finished the match with 40 assists and sophomore Lucy Munoz, usually a defensive specialist had 9 kills playing outside hitter due to some MSJC injuries.
In Saturday's second match the Lady Eagles defeated the host Cerro Coso team in 4 sets. In the opening set Theis along with sophomore Kassie Ray served the ball exceptionally well getting MSJC off to a fast start from which they would never look back on their way to a 25-21 win. In the second set the Lady Eagles got off to a fast start before Coso would rally back to take a 22-21 lead. Following an MSJC timeout Kushner drilled a ball for a cross court kill and sophomore Courtney Flowers served for three straight points and the Lady Eagles won the set 25-22. Coso took the third set as MSJC could not pull themselves out of a 5 point early deficit despite a spirited effort falling 24-26. The Lady Eagles bounced back to win the match by taking the fourth set 25-15. Kushner again was the offensive star recording 33 kills on 72 swings while Theis had 35 assists. Ray finished the match with 9 kills and Flowers led the defensive effort with 22 digs.
"It's always nice to start the season with a win," said head coach Kevin Pratte. "We have an extremely resilient group of young ladies." "We are suffering a lot of injuries at this time and some of our girls really stepped up. I told the team it is important to celebrate success, but we still have a long way to go to be a great team."
MSJC is now 2-0 on the season and will return to action on Tuesday September 10th when they travel to San Bernardino Valley. Next Tuesday's game is scheduled for 5 pm.
Alissya Theis passed out 73 assists in two matches Saturday as the MSJC volleyball team opened the season with victories over Allan Hancock and Cerro Coso.