SBCC fell behind 2-0 on Wednesday night, then won the last three sets to nip L.A. Mission 3-2 for its first 5-set victory of the season. The scores were 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-6.

The Vaqueros (7-11, 3-3 WSC North) had swept the Eagles (5-10, 1-4) in the first meeting on Sept. 27.

Santa Barbara jumped ahead 5-2 in the fifth set and expanded it to 9-3 on a kill from the backrow by Lauren Holsted. Leading 10-6, the Vaqueros scored the last five points, capped by a Gabi Brewer kill, a down-the-line putaway by Holsted and Jordan Falconer’s kill down off the block on match point.

 “I honestly had to yell at the team a little bit because they were losing their energy after the first two games,” said Falconer, a freshman middle blocker from Bishop Diego High. “I really wanted to hype everyone up and make everyone want it as much as I did personally. I showed that through cheering them on and giving them support. I really saw a change and it was amazing to see.

“It was amazing to get the last kill. Maranda (Newson) set me really well today and my three hits were working for me, so I kept calling that.”

Brewer, a freshman left-hander from San Diego, led the Vaqueros with 14 kills and eight aces. SBCC had a season-high 17 aces.

“Going into the first two games, I think we expected them to be the same team we played down there,” said Brewer. “We finally got in the right headspace and our crowd came out and hyped us up. We’ve been focusing on serving in practice recently and I was just trying to move it around and get it into certain zones.”

The Vaqueros led 8-2, 14-4 and 18-10 in the third set until the Eagles reeled off eight straight to tie it at 18. Mission actually led 21-20 and 22-21 before Brewer delivered two straight kills and Bella Brandt served an ace on set point.

The fourth set was another Vaquero runaway (9-4, 16-7 and 20-12) that got close. SBCC went ahead 24-20 on a crosscourt kill by Holsted. The Eagles cut the deficit to one, 24-23, before Brewer ended it on a spike down the line.

 “Our effort and communication really changed in the last three sets,” said Newson, a freshman setter from Yorba Linda.

Madi Mullins added nine kills and Makenzie Phelps had six kills and four aces.

 The Vaqueros have a bye on Friday, then travel to Ventura on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. match. The last time they played Ventura on Oct. 4, the Pirates won 3-1 and the teams set a CCCAA state scoring record when the Vaqueros won the second set, 45-43.