On Saturday, both of Montgomery's fall playoff teams traveled to higher seeded teams for the NJCAA Region XIX playoffs. Men's soccer traveled to seventh seeded Ocean County College, while Volleyball traveled to Harrisburg Area Community College to take on the second seeded Hawks. Volleyball had already lost to HACC twice this season, but they looked much better in their second match. The team was ready to make a splash in the playoffs.
Despite missing one starter and having no subs, the Mustangs looked great in the first set. Montgomery had the lead a few times in the first set and the Hawks seemed unready for the Mustangs' fast start. However, up 20-18, the Hawks finally pulled away and rattled off five straight points to win the first set.
Things were still looking good for Montgomery. They managed to hang with HACC in the second set and had tied the set at 20-20. But yet again, the Hawks showed up when it mattered most and took five straight, winning the second set 25-20.
After losing most of their momentum, the Mustangs seemed to slow down. Down 17-10, head coach Rob Childs called a timeout. "Whether or not this is the last set of the season, just go out there and have some fun," said Childs during the timeout. Listening to the coach's advice, the team went out with nothing to lose. They stormed back and not only came back from down seven points, but took the lead. The set was back and forth the rest of the way, but the Hawks were able to just barely pull away in the final points, winning the set 25-23.
All-EPAC stars Miljana Vukoslavovic (FR, Serbia) and Rebecca Godshall (FR, Souderton) continued to lead the team statistically. Vukoslavovic lead the team with seven kills and 18 digs, while Godshall recorded three kills and 18 digs as well. Laura Reeser (SO, Hatfield) lead the team in assists with nine.
While this might be the end of the season for the volleyball team, going 12-8 with a first-year head coach while only returning one starter is no small feat. Also, battling the number two seed in regional playoffs is something that they can definitely be proud of. We look forward to what the 2019 season brings for the team!