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TMC volleyball advances in playoff action

Women's soccer eliminated after shutout loss

Posted: November 23, 2013 10:58 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2013 10:58 p.m.

TMC midfielder Jordan Benson (10) tries to control the ball as CSUSM defender Nicole Luna (25) gives chase and Mustangs teammate Natasha Coyle (14) trails. TMC lost 1-0 after falling behind late in the first half to the Cougars.

The Master’s College Lady Mustangs soccer team stalled on offense and never got started on Saturday at Reese Field.

After receiving an at-large bid to the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, the Mustangs failed to deliver in their opening round matchup against Cal State San Marcos — falling 1-0 in a defensive battle and seeing their season come to an end as a result.

“Credit to (San Marcos head coach) Ron Pulvers and the San Marcos team as they had a game plan and stuck to it, and it worked for them,” said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis. “We really had an off game today and the long break hurt us.”

Saturday’s loss was the first time TMC (15-6) had taken the field in more than two weeks, and the Cougars (12-5-1) took advantage.

CSUSM defender Jennifer Hager gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead when she scored off an assist from teammate Brianne Searl in the 39th minute.

It proved to be the deciding score, and the champion of the Association of Independent Institutions moved on to the second round of the tournament.

Women’s Volleyball

Despite winning in straight sets in the first round of the NAIA Volleyball National Championships, the No. 16 Lady Mustangs had to fight to advance against Cal State San Marcos on Saturday night at The Master’s college.

The Mustangs came out on top 3-0 by set scores of 27-25, 28-26, 25-22, and now advance to the NAIA National Championship tournament, which begin on Dec. 3 in Sioux City, Iowa.

“For us it’s a great win in the sense that we are starting to play together. We’ve had nine freshmen on our team since the beginning of the year so it’s taken some time to gel as a team,” said TMC head coach Bobby Blanken. “The win came at the right time. We have been getting stronger the last couple weeks.”
Leading the way for the Lady Mustangs was sophomore Aubrey Bekendam, who tallied 37 assists, 14 digs and five kills.

Teammate Morgan Fay was equally instrumental in the win, adding 12 kills of her own.

The Lady Mustangs are now 20-8 on the season after finishing 8-6 in the perennially competitive Golden State Athletic Conference.

TMC has won 11 of its 20 contests in straight sets this season.


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