Lady Eagles Beat Palomar in Five Set Thriller

The MSJC volleyball  team came back from a 2-0 deficit on Wednesday night to pick up a big win over Palomar in a PCAC match in San Jacinto.kushnerforpalomar.jpg

The Lady Eagles and the Comets played a very intense match that saw three of the five sets decided by just two points.  Some passing and service errors in the first set cost MSJC as the Comets took the first set 25-18.  The second set was close throughout as both teams passed well and showed some solid hitting, but Palomar prevailed 26-24 to take the 2-0 lead.

MSJC fired back in the third set as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead.  Palomar would come back to tie it at 8-8, but the Lady Eagles controlled the rest of the set to grab a 25-19 win.  In the fourth it was MSJC again getting the early lead as they hung on for a 26-24 win to force the fifth and deciding set.  In the fifth some effective serving from MSJC kept Palomar out of their offense and the score stayed close the entire way.  Alyssa Carillo took advantage of an over pass from the Comets to crush the match winning kill for MSJC as they took the fifth 15-13.

Taylor Kushner finished the night with 38 kills on 74 swings, committing just 4 hitting errors.  Kushner was very strong late in the match as she collected 26 of those kills in the final three sets.  Jessica Santos had 22 digs to lead the defense, which collected 94 digs as a team.  Allysia Thies had a match high 50 assists.  "This was by far the biggest win of the season," said head coach Kevin Pratte, "I have a ton of respect for Palomar because they are so well coached.  It's important our girls enjoy this victory."

The Lady Eagles improved to 12-8 overall and 4-6 in PCAC play with the win while Palomar fell to 10-9 and 6-4.  MSJC will be back in action on Friday when they travel to San Diego Mesa for a 5 pm match.


Taylor Kushner had 38 kills on Wednesday night to lead MSJC to a thrilling five set win over visiting Palomar College in a PCAC contest.  The Lady Eagles will play three in a row on the road before their final home game of the year on November 13th.