The MSJC volleyball team wrapped up their non-conference season with a pair of tough losses to state ranked Grossmont and San Diego Mesa.
The Lady Eagles who went into Friday's matches with a perfect 11-0 record lost to #4 ranked Grossmont in four sets. MSJC fell behind after the losing the first 15-25, but found their footing to win the second 25-22. The Lady Eagles could not hold on to the momentum though as they dropped the next two sets in competitive games 22-25 and 21-25. Lauryn Patterson along with Iasia Bailey had a team high 9 kills in the loss while Adrianah Grajeda had 8 and Cashlee Hullar had 7. Cynthia Arrango had 13 digs to lead the defense.
In their second match of the day MSJC lost a hard fought five set battle to San Diego Mesa. The Lady Eagles won the first set 25-23 before losing two straight by scores of 21-25 and 11-25. MSJC did rally in the fourth to win 25-14 and force a fifth set which was close until the end with the Olympians pulling out the 13-15 win. Patterson, Bailey, and Ruby Ruiz all had 11 kills for the balanced MSJC offense while Lannie Maffucci passed out 27 assists and Ariana Velasquez dished out 23. Arrango once again led the defense with 19 digs, Bailey added a pair of solo blocks and a block assist.
MSJC, 11-2 on the season, will now head into play in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division starting this week. Wednesday the Lady Eagles travel to San Diego to take on Miramar and on Friday host College of the Desert. Both matches this week are set to begin at 5 pm.
MSJC's Iasia Bailey had a strong day on Friday with 20 total kills in a pair of matches played in San Diego. The Lady Eagles came up on the short end of two hard fought matches, but will enter conference play with a strong 11-2 record. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).