Stangs clean out the week

LMC defeats three schools in six days

The Los Medanos College women’s volleyball team continued its winning ways this season in three home games against three different college’s in a span of just six days.

The second-place Stangs fought hard and dominated the Napa Valley College Storm, The Laney College Eagles, and the Contra Costa College Comets.


The Mustangs met the 3-4 Napa Valley College Storm, Friday, Oct.6 coming off a victorious but tough war away at Yuba and was prepared to battle for the win.

The Stangs stayed true to what they have been doing all season, with quick formations, solid blocking, and untouchable kills to get them the first-set victory, 25-17

It was clear in the second set that Napa couldn’t catch up with the red hot Mustangs, who beat the Storm to a 25-11 giving them a 2-0 lead.

The third set was no different and Napa Valley couldn’t compete with LMC. Many kills from opposite hitters Ashley Dixon and Malaya Salinas, quick saves, and great communication lead the team to a 25-7 score to win the third set and the game.


Next up was the Laney College Eagles, who currently sit at the bottom of Bay Valley Conference as they haven’t won a game yet. Despite facing the dead-last team, the Stangs continued to play with effort and heart.

They started off hot with back-to-back kills by Salinas and opposite hitter Vei Finau. Their shots in the first-set were too strong for the Laney defense to have much of a response and lead the Stangs to a 25-6 first-set win.

The errors continued for the Laney Eagles. Much of the time when the ball came in their direction, it went to t

LMC Woman Volleyball vs. Contra Costa College; October 11, 2017. LMC Volleyball players #15 Vei Finau and # 12 Ayanna Burnett on break. Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, Ca.

he crowd out of bounds. Middle hitter Nuru Boone was having a game to remember, and found quick opportunities to grab points every chance she got. An ace by middle/opposite hitter continued the team’s momentum and got them a second-set win, 25-9.

The Mustangs kept their foot on the gas and despite a few errors and miscommunication, they kept giving it their all and an ace by Salinas lead them to the game-winning set, 25-12.

“I was really happy with the way we played,” said head coach Lou Panzella. “ Laney has been struggling but I believe our team did a really good job of playing at our level, not looking past them and not taking it easy.”


The Stangs faced eighth-placed Contra Costa Community Comets Wednesday. Right off the bat, opposite hitter Finau let an unsaveable kill to start the first set.

The Comets gave a good fight  but the Stangs kept a cool head and prevailed  the most of the game. A miscommunication error gave the Mustangs the 25th point of the first set and a 1-0 lead. Contra Costa made some mistakes and the Stangs showed who was in control. An ace by jolero Sophia Clavido spelled the end of the second set with a final score of 25-14.

Los Medanos got to a quick 9-0 start in the third set, and it was beginning of the end for the Comets. The fearless women would  chase, dive, or do whatever they needed to keep the ball in play and get closer to the victory. Contra Costa’s mistakes cost them points and later the game, 25-12.

“We kept our focus together and it’s another good night for us,” said Panzella. Adding they need to continue to work hard, control the ball  and cut down mental and physical errors.”

The team’s next scheduled games are against the College of Alameda away Oct. 13 and then at home on  Oct.18 against Mendocino.  For more information on the LMC Women’s volleyball team visit .