If Los Medanos College wanted to remain undefeated in the Bay Valley Conference play, they needed to adapt after losing one off their best players late in the third set.
In the battle of the undefeated, the Mustangs lost their starting setter and team captain Sophia Clavido to a leg injury.
Despite that, was still able to beat Solano College 3-1, winning the last set 27-25 in a nail biting game in which when Solano committed the final error, the crowd erupted.
LMC started off winning the first set 25-19 in which they went on a consecutive eight point scoring streak. Although the score may reflect differently, the Mustangs were trailing the first half of the set only gained the lead once, when the score was 13-12. After they gained the lead they did not lose it for the remainder of the set.
After being tied at one set a piece, Los Medanos started the third set strong. Solano fought back tying up the game at 12-12. Afterward it was a one point game until the Mustangs started to edge away eventually winning 25-21. Before the set ended, Clavido went for a dive after which she had to sit out the remainder of the game.
“I jumped and I felt my leg tighten up and I was like shit, not the time to be happening” said Clavido. “Honestly right now we are halfway there [to winning BVC title] but knowing so far we are the only ones that haven’t lost this is the feeling that we have all been playing for.”
“Losing your setter is like losing your quarterback in football.” said head coach Lou Panzella “Whatever obstacle is put in front of us we’re going to deal with it and that’s what we did. I was hoping she was ready by the fourth, fifth set but she wasn’t.”
It was all to play for in the final set as the Mustangs lead the Falcons 2-1. No team was able to gain more than a two point lead until the final few points. It looked like the Falcons were gonna force the game into an extra set leading 24-21. In the end the Mustangs rallied together and emerged victorious winning 27-25.
“One point at a time, one play at a time, one play at a time, one game at a time.” said Panzella “Our passing, our defence really stepped up. I thought we served the ball really well tonight too.”
From this result Los Medanos now are on top of the BVC with a 7-0 record. Next up for the Mustangs is a trip to Yuba on Oct. 12.