The MSJC volleyball team continued their strong start to the season on Wednesday as they traveled to Palm Desert and came away with a 3-0 sweep of College of the Desert in a non conference match.
The Lady Eagles started the first set strong and built an 8-2 lead with some strong serving as they cruised to a 25-14 win. Shellie Herrera had two key blocks early in the set to help MSJC to the lead. The Lady Eagles were not quite as sharp in the second set as a few MSJC errors led to a tight set early. The Lady Eagles then took a commanding lead when setter Alissya Theis went on a 9 point service run to give MSJC a 21-13 lead. Desert fought back though and eventually came back to tie the match at 24 all. Kassie Ray then got an opportunity to serve with the score tied and was able to pull out the set for the Lady Eagles 26-24. The third and final set went back and forth early, before MSJC built a 11-7 lead and eventually held on for a 25-19 win for the sweep.
Taylor Kushner finished the night with 16 kills while Jessica Santos had a very good all around match with 10 kills on just 22 swings and she also added 15 digs. Herrera finished the night with 2 blocks and 2 kills. Courtney Flowers had 24 digs to lead the Lady Eagles defense. "There were moments we looked really good tonight," said Head Coach Kevin Pratte, "but we need to continue working on being more consistent." "I felt like Jessica and Shellie really stepped up tonight."
The win pushed MSJC's record to 7-1 on the season. The Lady Eagles will play in a tournament Saturday at San Diego City before starting Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play Friday September 27th. The Lady Eagles will open conference play against Grossmont College who is currently ranked #1 in the state. Fellow conference opponent San Diego Mesa is ranked 5th. "It's exciting to be part of a great start, but it's imperative we clean up parts of our game, so we can be competitive with some of the best teams in the state," said Pratte.
Shellie Herrera had two key blocks in the first set on Wednesday to help MSJC to a fast start on their way to a 3-0 sweep of College of the Desert. The Lady Eagle volleyball team is now 7-1 on the season and will play at the San Diego City Tournament on Saturday.