The MSJC volleyball team won two out of three matches on Saturday at the Imperial Valley Tournament defeating Imperial and East Los Angeles and falling in four sets to Chaffey.
The Lady Eagles started the day with the Chaffey match and played a very competitive match with the defending Foothill Conference Champion Panthers. Chaffey took the first set 25-22, but MSJC fought back quickly to take the second 26-24. The Panthers would rally to win the third 26-24 and closed out the match with a 25-20 win. The Lady Eagles were in the match the entire way led by Taylor Kushner's 25 kills and 18 digs, while Alissya Theis had 45 assists. Courtney Flowers was solid on defense with 33 digs. "This was an exciting match to be a part of and I am excited that we will get to play Chaffey again at the San Diego City Tournament, " said Coach Kevin Pratte. "We have to continue working hard on our game, so we can find a way to beat teams like Chaffey."
In their second match of the day MSJC dominated the host Imperial Valley squad winning in straight sets; 25-16, 25-16, and 25-11. Kushner again led the offense with 18 kills and Jessica Santos added 10, Kim Jenkins came in off the bench and recorded two blocks. "I really liked how we responded in our Imperial match after losing to Chaffey," said Pratte "When you lose it's imperative that you pick yourself up and play extremely competitive in your next match."
MSJC won their final match of the day in 5 sets against East LA. MSJC cruised to a 25-10 win in the opening set and then had to fight back after losing the 2nd and 3rd. In the fourth the Lady Eagles got back on track winning 25-19 and 15-12 to clinch the victory. Kushner was the offensive star once again with 27 kills while Alyssa Carillo added 12. Theis had another solid match setting as she finished with 45 assists. "Playing three volleyball matches in one day is very challenging. Due to some injuries we only have nine girls that can play at this time, we showed a lot of guts winning the fourth and fifth sets against East LA."
MSJC is now 5-1 on the season and will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Palm Desert to take on College of the Desert in a non conference match.
Taylor Kushner collected 70 kills in three matches Saturday at the Imperial Valley Tournament helping MSJC to a 2-1 mark on the day. The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to College of the Desert.