Volleyball Team Falls in Tight Five Set Match

In a highly competitive back and forth match Friday night the MSJC women's volleyball team came up just short in a 3-2 loss at College of the Desert.KayleyStephensBlockforCOD2-17.jpg

The Roadrunners won the first set 25-17, before the Lady Eagles rallied back to win the second 25-22 and the third 25-17 to take a 2-1 lead.  Desert fought off MSJC in the fourth 25-21 to force the fifth set where they were able to win the match 15-11.

Lauren Robertson led a balanced MSJC offense with 10 kills, while Kayley Stephens, Jami Loerch, and Luann O'Kane all had 9.  Camryn Bootsma had a team high 35 assists while Lannie Maffucci passed out 10.  On defense, Cynthia Arango had 18 digs while O'Kane picked up 16.  Stephens added 1 solo block and 4 block assists.

The loss drops MSJC to 9-9 overall they are 3-2 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division games.  Desert improved to 10-8 for the season and 3-2 in conference play.  The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to first place Mira Costa for a 6 pm match in Oceanside.

MSJC's #1 Kayley Stephens had 9 kills, 1 solo block, and 4 block assists Friday night at College of the Desert, but the Lady Eagle volleyball team lost a tightly contested 5 set match on the road.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).