Wins end at home vs. Yuba

Stangs drop tough game


Cathie Lawrence

LMC outside hitter Lindsay Baynes leaps to hit the ball around Yuba middle hitter Shon Ritchie.

The Lady Mustangs took a four-match winning streak into Wednesday’s home game against the Yuba College 49ers, but could not come out victorious losing three sets to two, dropping their season record to 7-10 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

Mustangs outside hitter Taylor Scriven, led the team in kills with 23, which brings her season total to 325, good for second in the state behind Santa Monica’s Greta Schmittdiel with 326. Scriven is also fifth in the state for kills per set, averaging 4.85.

Despite the close loss, Mustangs head coach Lou Panzella was pleased with the teams’ effort.

“The girls just battled their hearts out. They never quit, they never gave up…we came up a little too short, nothing to feel bad about, all they can do is go out and play the best they can, and they certainly did,” Panzella said.

He also shared what he thought the team was having trouble with in this particular game.

“What hurts us most is we need to block. The hitters start teeing off and its tough being in the back having rockets coming at you all the time,” he added.

He also spoke highly of Yuba saying they have a lot of  “big hitters” and that LMC “couldn’t match up with them.”

Yuba head coach Greg Chapman also had words of praise for the Stangs.

“Los Medanos did fantastic, the best that I’ve seen in the time that coach Lou [Panzella] has been here. He has done a great job with those kids. That was a fight to the finish. I’m not looking forward to playing them again,” Chapman said.

Chapman was also happy with some of the adjustments his team made throughout the game.

“We switched some and made some defensive adjustments, the girls were able to finally put it together and get comfortable with it,” he added.

The Mustangs will look to get back to their winning ways on Friday, Oct. 17 as they travel to face the College of Alameda.