TMU v-ball freezes out Hope in finale


The Master’s University women’s volleyball team snapped a two-match losing skid, surviving a scare in set one on its way to a 3-0 sweep of Hope International University of Fullerton at TMU on Tuesday.

The win brings the Mustangs to a 12-4 finish in the Golden State Athletic Conference, one match behind Biola in the loss column for second place (Biola plays Vanguard on Thursday).

It’s unclear whether Master’s will make the NAIA tournament later this month.

What is clear is that the victory also brings TMU to 20-11 overall, the second consecutive 20-win season for coach Allan Vince.

“Twenty wins to me is a reflection on how deep this team is and how talented they are,” Vince said.

The Royals gave Master’s all it could handle in a first set that had 13 ties and seven lead changes. Tied 22 apiece, Morgan Koch led her Mustangs on a 3-0 run, notching two kills and giving Masters a 25-22 win.

Mustang Kayla Sims had six aces for the night, two of which came during the Mustangs’ final 7-3 run in a 25-10 set-three win that Allison Child capped off with her fifth kill of the match.

Sims also led Master’s (12-4 in Golden State Athletic Conference) with 31 assists.

Koch led all players in kills with 11, garnering six in a second set that never saw the Mustangs trail for a 25-14 win.

“Just knowing this was the seniors last game, I wanted to put it all out there for them,” Koch said. “I wanted to honor them and all of their hard work.”

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