The MSJC women's volleyball team shook off a bit of a slow start on Friday night to pick up a key Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division win beating College of the Desert 3-1.
The Lady Eagles fell behind a set after falling in the first 21-25, before rallying to win three straight in a home match that pitted two teams with impressive season records. MSJC won a tightly contested second set 25-22 and then rolled to a third set win 25-13. The Lady Eagles then closed out the match to give Desert just their second loss of the season by winning the fourth set 25-21.
Lauryn Patterson had a strong night for MSJC as she knocked down 15 kills to go along with 6 digs and 2 block assists. Iasia Bailey was also solid for the Lady Eagles as she reached double digits in kills with 10 while also making a pair of solo blocks and assisting on another. Cashlee Hullar and Ruby Ruiz both had 9 kills as setters Lannie Maffucci and Ariana Velasquez did a nice job moving the ball around. Maffucci would end her night with 26 assists and 10 digs while Velasquez had 25 assists to go along with 7 digs. Ruiz was also solid on defense as she added to her 9 kills with a team high 20 digs and 2 solo blocks.
The win by MSJC improved their record on the season to 13-2 overall and they stayed unbeaten in PCAC North play at 2-0. Desert fell to 1-1 in conference play they are also 13-2 on the year. The Lady Eagles are now set for another important showdown on Wednesday when they travel to Oceanside to take on MiraCosta. MiraCosta will enter Wednesday's match 12-2 for the season, they are also 2-0 in conference action. The Spartans were ranked 18th in the latest CCCWVCA State poll.
Wednesday night's match is scheduled for 6 pm at MiraCosta.
MSJC's Lauryn Patterson #15 had 15 kills, 6 digs, and 2 block assists on Friday night as the Lady Eagle volleyball team picked up a 3-1 win over visiting College of the Desert. MSJC now 13-2 on the season will travel to MiraCosta on Wednesday with the winner taking early control of the PCAC North Division race. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)