Volleyball Outlasts Lackawanna in Insane 5-set Match

Volleyball Outlasts Lackawanna in Insane 5-set Match

Volleyball got a rematch against Lackawanna College on Tuesday. This time, the Falcons traveled to Montgomery County Community College. There was plenty of hype surrounding this match, considering the Mustangs and the NJCAA DI Falcons had gone to five sets in their last matchup.

The first set proved to be very close, with seven lead changes. However, when the dust settled, the Mustangs came out on top, 25-21. The second set was also very close. The Falcons took an early lead, but the Mustangs stormed back and clinched the set late, 25-23.

Someone who didn't know these two teams would have thought Montgomery had the match in the bag, thanks to an early 2-0 lead. But the Falcons wouldn't give up that easily. They forced a small lead early in the third set and staved off the Mustang comeback to win 25-23.

The fourth set was incredibly close. The Mustangs gave up a small lead in the beginning of the set that yet again came back to haunt them. With the set going into extra points, the Mustangs lost a match point that allowed Lackawanna to take the fourth set 28-26.

Finally, the anticipated fifth set had become a reality. The Falcons had all the momentum, while the Mustangs needed to get back in the match. The fifth set is always a first to 15 points (win by two), so they not only needed to rebound, but they needed to rebound quickly.

The Mustangs did just that, jumping out to a small lead until late in the set. Finally with a match point at 14-13, the Mustangs were knocking at the door of victory. But they couldn't close out the match and the Falcons forced an extra points situation. Again, the Mustangs had a match point and again, they couldn't capitalize.

Lackawanna almost completed the comeback when they forced a match point of their own at 15-14. But some incredible defense kept the Mustangs in the match. They needed that tenacious defense agains at another 16-15 match point for the Falcons. It showed up and kept the Mustangs alive.

Finally, in their fourth match point, the Mustangs came up with the game winning point on an incredibly intense match point and won the match 3-2.

This match was one of closest matches in Mustang volleyball history, with only one set being decided by more than two points. However, the result was still a win for the Mustangs who move to 11-3 and extend their win streak to 5 games.

Miljana Vukoslavovic (SO, Serbia) has been the standout player for the team this year and Tuesday night was no different. She recorded 28 kills, 6 service aces and 48 digs.

The Mustangs will look to continue their win-streak against Valley Forge Military College on Thursday.