LMC has title within their sights


Hugo Calderon, @HCal09

The last time Los Medanos Women’s Volleyball won the Bay Valley Conference was back in  2016. They are on pace to bring back the banner after another victory.

LMC recorded its first sweep of the season against Napa Valley College, winning 3-0.

Heading into the game the two teams were complete opposites of each other, one going all season without a loss and the other going all season without a win.

The first set showed the Mustangs did not underestimate their opponents, going full force winning the first set 25-12.

The second set followed in similar motion. The Storm came out trying to stop the Mustangs in their tracks, keeping it a one point set up until the 10 point mark. There after, LMC put themselves into a higher gear, limiting their opponents to only 15 points in the set.

“Whatever team you play, you have to play your hardest at all times,” said Mercades Nicholson, who ended the night with a team high of 13 kills. “That’s what we were trying to do and we did.”

Her 13 kills brought her total up to 117 in BVC, the second highest in the conference.

Nicholson said that one of her goals for the season was to keep her hitting percentage above .300 which is she doing in conference play. She is currently at .338 going well beyond her original goal.

In the final set, Napa Valley continued to keep its fighting spirit alive in spite of its losses. They recorded 19 points, the highest scored in the night for them although it was not enough to stop LMC, as they would still emerge victorious ending the final set 25-19.

“I feel like it wasn’t very hard to read their hits,” said Emily Jones. “We are doing so great with conference [play] and taking control.”

Of the 27 digs LMC had throughout the game, Jones was responsible for 11 of them.

She is at 223 digs for the season, although only 78 of those have come during conference play.

Facing a team that has not won all season may bring down the intensity, but it was not an issue for the Mustangs according to head coach Lou Panzella.

“I thought we stayed pretty focused,” said Panzella. “We had a few little lapses, but overall I was pretty pleased with the way we played.”

Next up for Los Medanos is a trip to Contra Costa College (2-7) on Friday, Oct. 26.