By Wes McCurtis
EL CAJON, CA – The Cypress College women's volleyball team began their season with two big victories in Friday's 3-way tournament hosted by Grossmont College. The Chargers began the day with a hard fought victory over Mt. SAC in five sets (25-21, 16-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-5) before knocking off Grossmont in another five-set thriller (25-18, 25-19, 16-25, 23-25, 17-15).
The Chargers took the first set over Mt. SAC but quickly found themselves in a 2-1 hole after the Mounties took the next two sets. With their backs against the wall early in the season, the Chargers responded with a gutty performance in the fourth and fifth sets to steal the match.
Cypress followed up the Mt. SAC victory later in the day against last year's state semifinalists Grossmont. This time the Chargers took the first two sets to take a 2-0 lead over the Griffins. However, the battletested Grossmont team did not back down as they stole the next two sets to force a fifth. Cypress trailed 8-12 early in the fifth set before going on a 6-0 run, capped off by a Johnson kill, to take a 14-12 lead and ultimately win the match.
The defending OEC Champion Chargers return to action on the road against El Camino this Wednesday at 6:00 pm before traveling to the San Diego Mesa Tournament Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9.
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