The Monte Vista Christian Mustangs are proving they deserve an upgrade.
Monte Vista took down the visiting Alvarez Eagles in four sets 25-21, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16, at Monte Vista Christian School Thursday evening,
“I saw a lot of fight from our team and I saw a lot of energy from our bench,” said Monte Vista Christian coach Kiley Woods. “I like that because it flows over to the court.”
The Mustangs committed just six errors and snuck in 14 aces as a team to keep their Monterey Bay League Pacific record spotless at 5-0.
The Mustangs were moved down from the MBL Gabilan division to the Pacific this season, but they’re making a strong case to move back up into the upper division of the league.
They have shredded through the Pacific division teams on their first try. They finish up their first go-around Tuesday at Monterey High School, and start their second Thursday at home against North Monterey County.
“It’s always harder to beat a team the second time,” said Woods. “The girls have to continue to play their game and step up realizing that the other team on the court is bringing their A-game. We don’t have any room to mess up.”
The Mustangs didn’t mess up much against the Eagles, though they did play catch-up at times.
The Eagles started off the game in a frenzy, and led the Mustangs 9-2 in the first set. The Mustangs settled themselves like they have all season, and went on long run to take over the set.
With the score 18-10, and coming out of a timeout, the Mustangs began to step up on defense.
They went on 9-1 run to tie the game at 19, and Hillary Guerrero hammered one of her nine kills to take the lead. They never gave it back in that set, and they cruised to go up one set to none.
It was more of the same in the second set.
Monte Vista was down 4-0 early, but they eventually gained the 8-7 advantage and never surrendered it to go up two sets to none.
The Eagles fought hard in the third to stay alive.
After the Mustangs were up 17-13, the Eagles came roaring back and tied at 20.
The Eagles remained focused and their consistency led them to score the last five points of the set to the win in the third set to force a fourth.
However, the fourth was all Monte Vista Christian and their rowdy bench and crowd.
Ashley Moore led the Mustangs with 10 kills. Madison Fisher came up with 21 digs.
The Mustangs came into this game on a seven-game winning streak with recent victories against Mt. Madonna and Live Oak.
Both were tight non-league matches, and Woods wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Whenever you win those close ones and you get that momentum it really helps,” said Woods.
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