The MSJC volleyball team kicked off the 2015 season over the weekend at the Los Angeles Pierce Tournament playing well, but coming up short in each of their four matches.
The Lady Eagles started the tourney with a 3-0 straight set loss to Bakersfield on Friday morning. Sabrina Latteri and Mercedes Bree each had 7 kills to lead the offense. Latteri also collected a team high 14 digs, as MSJC fell by scores of 20-25, 14-25, and 22-25. In their second match on Friday the Lady Eagles won the opening set 26-24 over Palomar, before the Comets rallied to win the next three by scores of 25-15, 25-19, and 25-15. In the Palomar match Latteri had 13 kills while Bree added 11. Hannah Schaffer had 28 assists and Ashley Cork helped the defense with 16 digs.
Saturday was a tough day for MSJC as they lost two dramatic 5 set matches. In their morning match the Lady Eagles once again took the first set, this time against College of the Desert 25-15. Desert answered by winning the second 26-24, before MSJC put the pressure on the Roadrunners by cruising to a 25-8 win in the third set. Desert, however put together a 25-23 win in the fourth set and then won the fifth 15-10 to win the match. Latteri again led the offense with 17 kills, Bree had 8, and Alexxis Carrillo added 6. Schaffer had 36 assists in the loss and Katie Foster added one solo block and 4 block assists. In the final match of the weekend MSJC lost another heartbreaker, this time to Chaffey. The Panthers won a match that was close the entire way. MSJC won the first set for the third straight match 25-19, then Chaffey took the 2nd and 3rd by scores of 29-27 and 25-22. The Lady Eagles forced a fifth set by winning the fourth 25-16. Chaffey would finally clinch the match by taking set number five, 16-14. Dayanerrah Taoete came up big in the setter's role collecting 58 assists. Latteri had 25 kills, Bree had 15, and Carrillo added 10. Cork led the defense with 30 digs.
"Our team goal going into the tournament was to compete in each match," said MSJC Head Coach Serinna Russo-Eason. "On Friday we struggled with finding consistency, but on Saturday we improved each match and competed". "It came down to unforced errors, and unfortunately we made more than the other teams."
MSJC now 0-4 on the season returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Pasadena City College for a 6 pm match.