Mustangs defeat Marin 3-1

Joseph Johnson, @PicassoJoe

The Los Medanos College volleyball team faced off against the Marin Hawks Sept. 27, winning 3-1.

From the start, both teams were determined to come out on top and dominate each other. The score was going back and forth, as both teams trading places with the lead. Albeit, in the end of the first set, Los Medanos College came out on top, scoring 25-20.

The Mustangs had a rough start during the beginning of the second set, with both teams playing very competitively. The Hawks started off much of the momentum and held on, winning the second set 16-25.

During the third set, the Mustangs picked up the intensity, and started off the match with a chip on their shoulders. Emily Sobolik scored 5 out of the first 9 points for LMC. The Hawks struggled during this set while the Mustangs executed, using their small successes as fuel to win the match. Although they started to lose momentum towards the end of set 3, they dominated in the end and won the set 20-25.

During the fourth set, both teams came out strong. Yet the Hawks started off stronger, forcing Mustangs’ head coach Lou Panzella to call a timeout to get his team back on track. The match was close the whole way through, with LMC holding on to a 3 point lead the entire time as the Hawks fought to come back. Small errors were made on both sides, preventing them from getting into a rhythm and the Mustangs ended up winning the fourth set 20-25.

After the game, Coach Panzella explained how the Mustangs were making mistakes, but were still able to keep pushing through and stay positive to come up with the win.

“Things happen, but we fought hard to get the win and that’s what really matters,” said Panzella. He then went on to acknowledge some of the players that really stepped up “I feel Jojo played well for us in the middle”.   

Emily Sobolik said that [she believes] “we [the team] are getting better day-by-day, and we are putting in our best efforts to win every match.”

The next time these two teams face off again will be October 30.  For more information on the Los Medanos College Volleyball team