Lady Eagle Volleyball Outlasts COD

The MSJC women's volleyball team had to fight from behind most of the night on Tuesday, but came up with a big conference win on the road 3-2 at College of the Desert.luannokaneforcod2-16.jpg

The Lady Eagles lost the first set 18-25 and had to scrap to take the second 26-24.  The Roadrunners forced MSJC into a pair of must win sets after winning the third 20-25.  The Lady Eagles then found a way to dominate set number four with an easy 25-14 win and kept it going to take the fifth and deciding set 19-17.

MSJC was led by Luann O'Kane on offense who had a team high 14 kills.  Lauren Robertson and Dayanerrah Taoete each had 8 for the Lady Eagles.  Camryn Bootsma had 23 assists while fellow setter Hannah Schaffer had 13.  On defense Jeannie Hifo picked up 19 digs while O'Kane had a pair of solo blocks.  Alexxis Carrillo also contributed on the defensive side of the net with 5 block assists.

The win clinched second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division standings for MSJC.  They wrapped up conference play with a 5-3 mark, they are 15-8 overall.  Desert fell to 2-6 in the league and 6-13 for the season.

MSJC will now play their final two regular season games against teams from the PCAC South.  First up is the State's top ranked team, Grossmont on Thursday night.  The Lady Eagles will travel to El Cajon to take on the Griffons in a 5 pm match.  Grossmont was the champion of the PCAC South with a perfect 10-0 record, they are 22-1 for the season.  MSJC will finish the regular season next Wednesday when they travel to San Diego Mesa, the second place team from the South Division.

The final two games of the year will go a long way in determining if the Lady Eagles reach the Regional Tournament.

Luann O'Kane had a team high 14 kills on Tuesday night as the MSJC women's volleyball team picked up a key win at College of the Desert.  MSJC will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to El Cajon to take on the top ranked team in the state, Grossmont.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).