49ers take gold from the Stangs


The volleyball team fell short to a victory against Yuba College Wednesday during Breast Cancer Awarness Spirit Night.

Luke Johnson

In a spirited game to raise money for breast cancer awareness the Yuba College 49ers came into Los Medanos College and reigned supreme over the Mustangs dominating in three sets.

Early on Yuba showed its extraordinary net game lead by the precision passing of setter Samantha Foster.
“We don’t have a star on the team. Every girl steps up to the plate every other game,” said Foster. Foster finished the game with 15 assists, four digs, and four aces.

The 49ers used their impressive height to their advantage by digging the Mustangs into a 14-1 hole in the first set. The Stang Gang seemed to have brought little fight to this match up, until they were able pull together five consecutive points shortening the drought to single digits. But this run came to an end after Yuba scored on an extended rally that showed great teamwork from both sides of the net putting the Niners up 15-6.

For the rest of the first set, Yuba displayed their superior ball control by whipping out the Mustangs 25-7.

During the first intermission LMC Associated Students President Jairo Vazquez presented a $300 donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation before introducing guest speaker and breast cancer survivor Lydia Perry. Perry expressed her appreciation toward LMCAS for putting on this spirit night, and went on to talk about the significance of this issue in a speech that touched the LMC crowd.

“It was a good experience, and hopefully we can make more events like this,” said Vazquez.

As the game proceeded, Yuba was once again able to blow out the second set 25-8. The Mustangs showed a lack of effort with their hands on their knees, resulting in getting aced over a dozen times through out the game.

In the third set, like the rest of the game, LMC was unable reach a lead. With the brute spiking skills of Yuba outside hitter Brenna McDonald the 49ers were able to finish the game early by closing out the final set 25-10. McDonald captured 11 kills in the victory.

Although LMC was not able to keep up with their competitor, they did show some bright spots. Setter Marissa Hunter, the Mustangs’ assist leader, collected nine tonight, and the Bay Valley Conference leader in digs, outside hitter Rachel Rosekelley, added four more to her season total.

“That was the biggest crowd we’ve had. It was really nice to see our fans come out for a good cause to fight breast cancer… That is something we can always get behind,” said LMC head coach Lou Panzella. “Next year we want to make it a bigger and better event, and play better too.