The first game was close, with both teams scoring often. Eventually Saddleback took the win at 23-25.
The second game was also a constant battle. Numerous kills and aces were made by many of Mesa's players. Saddleback took a time out toward the end with a leading score of 20-21.
After the time out, Mesa scored 3 points and Saddleback scored 2, leading the coach to call another time out. Saddleback went on to take the next 2 points, ending the game with a score of 23-25 again.
After the two losses the Lady Mustangs team knew they had to win the next game in order for a chance to win the match. The team formed a huddle while the Junior Varsity coach offered encouragement by yelling, "Point by point, take it right now!" Molly Settles, senior, served 4 times consecutively with 2 of those serves being aces to bring Mesa to a lead at 12-9. Settles also had 5 kills throughout the whole game. However Saddleback came back, timing out with a leading score to 13-18. In fear of losing the 3rd game and ending the match, Mesa fought and brought the score to a lead with 22-18. Mesa eventually won at 25-18.
Game number four was also a win for the Mustangs. Michelle Luna, senior, served 10 balls in a row, bringing the score from 5-8 to 15-8.
"I really want them to win!" said Mary Taylor, freshman and JV setter. Then, they did. Mesa beat Saddleback with a score of 25-14.
When the fifth game began, both teams knew that this was their last chance. "We fought hard to push it to a fifth game," said the assistant coach.
Jayme Krohnfeldt, junior, began the game by serving 5 points in a row. Saddleback came back though and brought the score to 8-12. Both teams scored points back and forth until Saddleback finally won at 11-15, winning the match.
"We shouldn't have lost," said senior Yasmine El-Assadi.
Junior Danielle Obong explained, "They just wanted it more than we did."
The Frosh-Soph and Junior Varsity team won against their matches by a landslide. The scores of the Frosh-Soph game were 25-4 and 25-9. JV's were 25-6 and 25-14.
Written By: Natalie Tetreault