Despite this, Mesa took the win and beat the cross town rivals in a close match.
Mesa lost the first game, five points short at 25-20. It was a close game, but neither the players nor crowd seemed to lose hope. The second game was an even closer, with Mesa falling short at 25-22. With only one shot left to preventing a loss in the rivalry match, the pressure built. The team came out strong, and Mesa won the third game 25-20, securing a chance at a win if they could take two more matches. Spirit started to fill the Mesa supporters again, as ASB members led cheers to encourage the team to defeat Estancia. In the fourth match, Costa Mesa took another win at 25-20. Now Mesa and Estancia were tied and they had one final game to declare the winner. The pressure was evident on both sides, as each seemed to play as hard as they could. Mesa would score, then Estancia, then Mesa, making predicting a winner difficult. The crowd could feel the tension. Mustangs would be in the lead by one, then we would be tied, then Estancia would take the lead. It was a nerve racking game for the audience. In the end, Mesa won the final game 15-12.
The boys seemed rusty at first but in the end, they reached their full potential. Mason Tufuga, junior, played an amazing game, scoring powerful hit after hit. Saucedo, senior, put up many blocks as the team’s middle. Senior Andres Ramirez, libero dug many balls and Cody Pham, junior, sett up the hitters to keep the rally alive. The crowd wasn't as large as the girl's volleyball match was, but the crowd had enough spirit with the help of ASB students and even parents to keep everyone's spirits up.
The victory brought Mesa's Varsity record to 1-1 in league. The JV team remains at 0-1, as Estancia did not have a junior varsity team to play against.