Mesa, AZ - The #12 Mesa Thunderbirds lost Wednesday night to the #9 South Mountain Cougars in five sets, 13-25, 25-20, 25-18, 15-25, 13-15.
As both teams prepare for the ACCAC DII tournament, this was quite the warmup match each team needed heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Cougars took set one with an easy 12 point win, 25-13, but it was the T-Birds who battled back in sets two and three, winning 25-20, 25-18.
Rallying back were the Cougars, who took a 10 point win in set four, 25-15, to set up a fifth and final set.
South Mountain maintained an 8-5 lead at the switch but Mesa rallied to tie the set at 10. The Cougars took at 12-10 advantage, forcing a Mesa timeout. The T-Birds again rallied, scoring the next three out of four points to tie the set again, this time at 13. Mesa however just couldn't get over the hump as the Cougars finalized the final two points to win the match, 3-2.
Mesa moves to 16-6 overall and 7-5 in the ACCAC conference. The T-Birds will finish the week with Phoenix College at home on Friday, a 7 pm start.