Mariners Volleyball began their season on the right foot with a convincing victory over Shasta College at the Sierra College classic in Rocklin on Wednesday. The 2018 squad features a mix of both returners and newcomers, of which each group contributed to the team's first victory of the season.
The first set was haughtily contested as the Marin squeaked by with a 25-22 victory over the Shasta College Knights. The second was a bit more separated as the Mariners took the set by a five-point margin 25-20. Part of the result was due to a negative hitting percentage by Shasta, while Marin managed to hit positive for the match. Shasta was resilient in the third set, but the Mariners kept their wits and maintained a steady advantage to close out a 25-21 set and clinch the 3-0 victory.
The Mariners limited their errors as a team, hitting .215 with 41 kills and just 18 errors on 107 total attempts. The team passed well, with 35 assists and were excellent defensively with 56 blocks in the three sets of play.
Three sophomores had excellent matches against Shasta. Alejandra Leon led the Mariners with 16 points. She recorded a double double on the day with 15 kills and 14 digs. Leon added a block as well. Salomi Galodamu had 13 points from 10 kills, a block and two aces, and added five digs for good measure. Setter Sarah Harris had an excellent match as well with 27 assists and six digs while adding an ace and three kills as well.
The freshman debutantes made a major impact in the match as well. Magnolia Johnson wore the libero jersey and recorded 14 digs and four assists. Sasha Urban was an attacking machine, leading the team with 34 total attempts. She had seven kills and 13 digs on the match while Kirsta Rodriguez-McKee had a well-rounded showing with six kills, an assist, three digs and 1.5 blocks.
Overall it was an excellent start to the season for second year Head Coach Lisa Gera. "It was great to see contributions everyone on the team, I was impressed by our resolve, Shasta kept us battling the entire match, but we kept our cool and took the win."
The Mariners face the hosts, Sierra College, with a short recovery time after their Shasta win.