College of Marin Volleyball had their third match in as many days on Friday. The Mariners traveled to Sacrament for the Consumnes River Quad which began with a matchup against the host Hawks. It was a mighty battle for both sides. The home team took an early 2-0 lead but Marin was very resilient and responded with a third set victory before narrowly falling in the decisive fourth.
The first set showed that the home team Hawks were ready to play as they pulled out to a sizeable lead and cruised to the first set victory 25-12. They hit .370 in the set, compared to the Mariners-.080. Several Marin wounds were self-inflicted as they had eight errors and just six kills in the opening set.
The second set was much of the same in a 25-15 win by Cosumnes River. They had 10 kills against just two errors while Marin hit negative with six kills and seven errors.
The comeback began in earnest in the third set as the Mariners improved on both sides of the ball. Marin trailed 17-14 before seven straight gave the Mariners a 21-17 advantage. Cosumnes River rallied to make it 23-20 but a hitting error and a service error gave the set to the Mariners.
Marin took a 10-6 lead in the fourth with excellent play by Salomi Galodamu and Alejandra Leon. The Hawks rallied to tie the game at 13-13 and neither team could gain separation at 16-16. Cosumnes River went on a run to take a 22-17 lead, but the Mariners pulled within two at 22-20. A Hawks timeout ensued and the home team scored twice to reach match point at 24-20. Marin called time and cut the lead to 24-21 before a CRC kill ended the set and the match 25-21.
Galodamu had her best of the season with a team leading 16.5 points in the match. She hit .435 with 13 kills and just three errors on 23 total attacks. She added two aces and 1.5 blocks for her point total and had five digs on the day.
"We showed a lot of resiliency against Cosumnes River in sets three and four," said Coach Lisa Gera "We had our opportunities to score late in the fourth set and learned what we need to work on moving forward."
The Mariner's do not have much time, as their next match is against Lane Community College from Oregon later in the day.