EL CAJON — You would expect that a matchup of two Top-10 teams would create an air of excitement and tight scores. You would be correct on both aspects as the ninth-ranked Grossmont College Griffins upended the fourth-ranked San Diego Mesa Olympians by a 25-23, 26-24, 25-22 three-set sweep on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Griffin Arena. The win also gives the Griffins a seven match winning streak to close out September.
Madi Bogle (12 kills) and Brooke Miller (11 kills) set the pace for the Griffins (9-3, 4-0 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference).
Grossmont's setter Chelsee Trendler had 32 assists on the night, helping lead the Griffins to a .211 hitting percentage night.
San Diego Mesa (12-2, 3-1 PCAC) had a sub-par first set hitting at a negative-.074 pace before picking it back up in the second (.158) and third (.154) sets.
The first set started quickly for Mesa as they jumped on the Griffins 5-2. Then the Griffins rallied. Going on a 10-4 run before the Olympians called the first timeout of the night. Before Mesa could call another timeout, the Griffins stretched out the lead to a 19-13 mark. The Olympians went on a run, but it was too little, too late as Grossmont would win set one 25-23.
In the second set, it was tight the whole way. With the lead changing hands seven times and tied another ten occurrences. Grossmont would start the set on a 3-0 run. Mesa came right back and tied it up at three. Both teams traded points until 7-7. The Olympians would go up 15-11 before the G-House would begin the comeback.
Behind a 5-0 run, the Griffins would find themselves up 18-17. Then the teams would go back to trading points. The score was tied at 18, 19, 20, 23 and 24. An attack error by Mesa and the set was clinched by a Kelsie Carter kill.
It would make sense that a team ranked fourth in the State would not just give up, and Mesa did not. The folks from Kearny Mesa went 3-0 to start the eventual final set. And on the other hand, with Grossmont being ranked in the Top-10 it would make sense that they also would not just coast in. Down 3-1, the Griffins would go on a 6-0 run to force Mesa to take a TO. Which cued a age-old tradition at the Griffin Arena, the playing of the "Chicken Dance." A tradition dating back to the 1980's. The traditional song triggered something with Mesa as they took control in a 7-2 run, making it 10-9 Mesa. Four points by Grossmont, tide turns and Mesa scores five to make it 16-12 Mesa. A six-pack of points for Grossmont gave the Green and Gold an 18-16 lead. The match would close out with six points for each side to close it out 25-22.
Grossmont will open October with a road date against San Diego City (5-6, 4-1 PCAC) was the PCAC leader heading into the night at 4-0, but the Knights fell to Mira Costa in four sets (25-20, 23-25, 15-25, 19-25).