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Mt. SAC Beach Volleyball sweeps COD, 5-0, in SCC action

Photo Courtesy of DavesSportsImage
Photo Courtesy of DavesSportsImage

(Walnut, CA) With its second 5-0 sweep in a row and fifth straight win, the Mt. SAC Beach Volleyball team is peaking at the right time of the year, with two matches remaining in the regular season.

The Mounties swept the visiting College of the Desert Roadrunners, 5-0, as four of the five pairs swept their opponents in a South Coast Conference match on Friday, April 5.

With the win, Mt. SAC improved to 18-2 overall and 7-1 in conference.

"Obviously we focused a lot on the team win, but every single individual pair win is important as well for the post-season individually, so it's super awesome that we were able to get a 5-0 win," said Mt. SAC Beach Volleyball coach Sam Neely, on the sweep over COD.

Looking forward to the final week of the regular season, the Mounties have two big conference matches on Friday, April 12 against El Camino and host Long Beach City College.

The SCC title is up for grabs, as Mt. SAC and LBCC are tied atop the standings with 7-1 records and El Camino is third at 6-2.

In the sweep over COD, four of the five pairs defeated their opponents, two sets to none.

After the Mounties built up a 4-0 lead and had already clinched the win, the last remaining pairs match drew both teams to cheer their teammates on in the three-set 4's thriller.

In the opening set, the Mt. SAC team of Sam Parks and Kyra Miller trailed the Roadrunners' pair of Itzel Solario/Savannah Bush, 17-14, before a big come-from-behind win.

They outscored the Roadrunners, 7-2, for the 1-0 set lead.

"I was talking to Kyra (Miller) during our timeout (trailing 17-14) and said to her, 'We have to win. There's no way we're going to lose.'"

In the second set, the Mounties trailed late, but eventually fell in extras, 22-20, to even the set, 1-1.

"All of the energy just came together, and it (support) just boosted us," said Miller, of all of her teammates rooting them on. "It was amazing that (the team) was there."

In the third and final set, which ended with the first team scoring 15, the Mounties jumped out to an 8-2 lead.

COD went on a brief, 4-1, run to trail, 9-6.

Leading, 9-7, Miller hit a long shot just over the Roadrunners heads for a winner and a 10-7 lead.

Later in the final set, with the Mounties leading, 13-10, Miller hit another deep winner for the match-point, 14-10 score.

The winning point was hit out by COD and Mt. SAC secured the sweep.

"We've had four different players compete at the 4-seed and Sam (Parks) and Kyra (Miller) have stepped into that role and be able to build a little bit," Neely said. "I think it was really fun just to watch them (Friday) compete and be supported by everyone around them and rise to the occasion in a pressure situation."

Parks also talked about the team support in their match, saying, "It felt so crazy to have everyone here watching our match," she said. "It brought our energy up 10 times more. It felt so heart-warming."

Mt. SAC will host the conference pairs championship in April.