Santa Clarita - On the road for the first time this season, the Golden Eagles were defeated by the Mustangs, in three straight games, for only their second loss of the season. The Master's was able to gain the early momentum, in a hard-fought Game 1, and never let it go. The Mustangs improved to 6-0 on the season, by winning 25-23, 25-12, 25-19.
After taking Game 1, the Mustangs cruised in Game 2, outscoring the Golden Eagles 17-4 after both teams were tied at 8-8. In Game 3, the Golden Eagles made a late push, but came up short. La Sierra falls to 4-2 on the season.
"We were strong in the first game, proving we can compete and even beat this team," said head coach Erin Conley. "In the second game were weren't playing to our potential and we had a lot of unforced errors."
The Mustangs used a balance of good defense and solid offense to secure the victory. As a team, they finished with 43 digs, 10 total blocks, and 40 kills, with a 31-percent hitting percentage. In comparison, La Sierra finished with 33 digs, 28 kills, and one block.
Neither team had a player with more than nine kills. Sam Dougherty led the Mustangs with nine kills and Shelby Madigan led the Golden Eagles with nine kills of her own.
Aiding the Mustangs effort was Rebecca Peluffo, who led all players with 18 digs, while setter Alyssa Gergins added a game-high 29 assists.
Coach Conley stated that the team must learn from the loss and move on. La Sierra will attempt to do just that with a quick turn-around, as they will play host to Pacific Union College, tomorrow night, at the Alumni Pavilion. The Pioneers are off to a 1-2 start this season. Tomorrow's match is scheduled for a 7:00pm start.
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