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TMC volleyball: Back from the brink

TMC advances in NAIA tourney

Posted: November 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The Master’s College women’s volleyball team waited about as long as it could at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships to play the kind of volleyball it had all season, advancing out of pool play and into the 12-team single-elimination bracket after starting the tournament 0-2.

In a must-win situation, first against Indiana Wesleyan University on Thursday, the Mustangs dropped the first set before winning the match 16-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 to force a three-way tie for the second-place spot in pool F.

They followed that up with a 25-11 victory over Cal State San Marcos in one set to 25 points in their first tiebreaker set of the night and defeated Indiana Wesleyan less than an hour later 25-18 to advance to Friday’s single elimination match against Oklahoma Baptist University of Shawnee, Okla.

The top two teams from each of the six pools advanced to the single elimination round.

Because TMC (27-7) tied at 1-2 with Indiana Wesleyan (36-4) and Cal State San Marcos (30-15), the three teams played one-set tiebreakers to determine which would advance.

Because of its superior record in games won during pool play, Indiana Wesleyan received a bye through to the second one-set tiebreaker, leaving TMC and San Marcos to play a set to 25 for the right to advance to play the Wildcats.

It was just the fourth time in the history of the event that a tiebreaker was needed, and the first time a tiebreaker was needed in two pools, as pool E also had a tie for second on Thursday night with Hastings College moving on.

Without its match win over Indiana Wesleyan on Thursday, though, the Mustangs season would have been over at that point.

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