Mustangs "Go Red" for Women

Mustangs "Go Red" for Women

The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs hosted the Harrisburg Area Community College Hawks and Luzerne County Community College Trailblazers in a tri-match dedicated to "Go Red for Women" Saturday.

"Go Red for Women" is a division of the American Heart Association committed to endorsing a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle for women. The Mustangs handed out red head bands to the participating teams and put together a small presentation centered around demonstrating the five key components of a heart healthy diet. The key components include (1) eating more fruits and vegetables, (2) increasing whole grain intake, (3) supplementing fats with olive oil and other healthier oils, (4) changing protein intake to include more fish and beans, and (5) always reading food labels. A collection was taken to benefit the American Heart Association and spectators were given four AHA approved recipes to take home.

The Mustangs faced off against Harrisburg in the first round of play and, after a grueling five-game set of back and forth action, notched the team's second loss of the season. The Mustangs earned two wins and suffered three losses in the match up, with game scores of 22-25, 25-19, 26-28, 25-17 and 15-17. However, the Mustangs rebounded quickly with a three-game win against Luzerne, posting game scores of 25-5, 25-11 and 25-12.

During match play against Harrisburg the Mustangs were led by second year player Kendall Gazzo, who achieved a double-double, collecting 14 kills and 10 digs. Gazzo also put up eight solo blocks stopping much of the Harrisburg offense. She also aced their serve receive six times. Second year player Alex Griffin and first year player Maggie Lesinski added eight kills apiece to the offense. Lesinski anchored the defense, collecting 16 kills during the match, while second year player Liz Herezi also dug in the double digits, putting up 10 balls. Second year setter Jenn Casatelli dished out 29 assists in the effort.

"Our Mustangs fought a very hard match. Harrisburg came with a lot of energy and managed to just push past us in the end," said Coach Volpe.

In the second match of the day, the Mustangs averaged a .358 hitting average as a team. The team was led by second year player Alex Griffin who put away five kills on six attempts.

"Griffin really brought the heat with her offense in this matchup," said Coach Volpe.

First year player Maggie Lesinski led in number of kills with 10 and teammate Courtney Gill added eight from the right side. Defensive effort was spread across the board as the team collected 12 digs in total.

The Mustangs travel to Harcum College Tuesday September 17th to face off against the Bears, a regular conference matchup against one of the division two colleges in the EPAC.