Shelly Dawson, who 10 years ago played as a freshman for San Diego Mesa before quitting school to raise three children, completed her 1993 comeback in college volleyball.
Dawson, 29, had a match-high 16 kills to help the eighth-seeded Antelope Valley Marauders improve to 19-0 and advance past the first round of the Southern California regional playoffs with a 11-15, 15-1, 9-15, 15-5, 15-7 victory over Mesa at Antelope Valley Tuesday night.
It was the first-ever playoff victory for eighth-seeded Antelope Valley.
"I didn't know what she could do when she came to us at the start of the season," Coach Jane Cwayna said of Dawson. "But she does a good job in our front row. Part of the season, she was injured (broken right wrist), but she's coming back now."
Andrea Buckner added 10 kills for the Marauders. Aimee Sayles had 42 assists and Dara Goodkin had five aces. Cwayna said her team became determined after dropping the first game and scored 12 points in a row to close out the second game. "These kids just wanted to win and we had something to prove," she said.
Antelope Valley will next play at No. 1-seeded Golden West on Nov. 30. Mesa finished 13-5.
In another first-round volleyball playoff match:
Cerritos d. Pierce, 15-13, 15-7, 15-10--Injuries and suspensions left the Brahmas with a squad of six and forced them to use a pair of 5-foot-3 players for the entire match at Cerritos.
Pierce (13-10) held a 13-10 lead in the opening game before the Falcons regrouped to score the game's final five points. Lisa Bussard had a match-high 17 kills for the Brahmas.
Riverside 58, Antelope Valley 54--Margo Stanley scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, but the Marauders fell to Riverside (2-1) in a nonconference game at Antelope Valley.
Charley Johnson scored 15 points and Shannon Nash added 10 for Antelope Valley (2-3), which made only 26% of its shots.
Biola 81, Cal Lutheran 80--A turnover by the Regals (0-1) with nine seconds left led to Ivana Kovacic's game-winning jump shot. Kristen Wegner (nine points) made six consecutive free throws down the stretch to put the Regals ahead by one point with 32 seconds to play. Nicole Albert had 25 points for Cal Lutheran and Kelli McCaskill added 19.
Harvard-Westlake 2, Burroughs 1--Jessica Post and Stacy Schwartz scored for the Wolverines in an opener at Studio City.
The Master's 74, Southern California College 71--Mustang reserve guard James Mosely hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to win the District 3 game. Mosely finished with 14 points. Master's (3-0) was led by forward Emeka Okenwa, who had 25 points and 12 rebounds--both game highs. Eric Carmichael had 16 points for Southern California College (2-1).
Valley 113, Mt. San Jacinto 100--Wayne Carlisle led the Monarchs (3-1) with 17 points in a first-round Mt. San Jacinto tournament game. Valley will play San Bernardino in the final today.