The MSJC volleyball team made more history on Saturday night as they picked up the program's first ever play-off win defeating Santa Monica 3-1 in the opening round of the CCCAA Southern California Regional.
The Lady Eagles controlled the first set and came away with a 25-16 win, Santa Monica would fight back to even the match when they won the second 23-25. From there MSJC regained control of the match and were never really threatened the rest of the way as they took the third set 25-18 and polished off the victory in the fourth with another 25-16 win.
Lauryn Patterson had 15 kills for the Lady Eagles to lead the way on offense, while Ruby Ruiz added 12 against the strong blocking game of Santa Monica. Lannie Maffucci dished out 24 assists and fellow setter Ariana Velasquez had 19. On defense Cynthia Arango picked up 20 digs while Ruiz had 15 and Velasquez also reached double figures with 14. Jamie Loerch had two solo blocks and Adrianah Grajeda had a solo block and three block assists.
The win marked more milestones for MSJC volleyball as their record breaking season continues. Saturday's match was just the second play-off match in school history, it was the first played at home, and it was the program's first post season victory. The Lady Eagles also added on to what was already a single season record for victories by earning their 22nd win.
MSJC now 22-4 on the season will travel to Bakersfield on Tuesday in a Regional Round of 16 match. Bakersfield was the champion of the Western States Conference South Division and will enter Tuesday night's match with a record of 23-1, they are the #2 seed in the Regional Tournament.
MSJC players react after winning Saturday night's CCCAA Southern California Regional play-off match against Santa Monica. The Lady Eagles won their opening round match 3-1 and now move on to a round of 16 contest Tuesday at Bakersfield. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)