The Mariners fell on the road Friday to a very strong Mustangs' team from Los Medanos College. Marin led late in the first set, but could not put their opposition away. Los Medanos rallied, and that swing turned the entire match in favor of the home team. Marin's winning streak ended at four games as they fell 3-1 to LMC. Salomi Galodamu and Sasha Urban were the leading scorers for the Mariners.
Marin jumped out to a lead in the first set and were within two points of taking the first set 23-17. A timeout by Los Medanos jumpstarted the home team's rally and they managed to win eight consecutive points to take the first set 25-23.
The second set was pretty close as well but the Mustangs took it from the Mariners 25-19. Marin bounced back with a third set victory by a ten-point margin 25-15, but they were unable to keep up the momentum in the fourth set and fell 25-13.
It was a difficult way for Marin to take their first loss since September 7th. For Coach Lisa Gera "To be up 23-17 in the first set and lose 25-23 really set the tone for the rest of the match. The team played well in spurts, but was not able to sustain quality for the entire match."
As a team the Mariners did not hit all that well with 27 kills, 19 errors and a .068 kill percentage. In contrast, Los Medanos had 50 kills, 19 errors and a .263 kill percentage.
Salomi Galodamu led the way for Marin with 11 kills and six errors on 28 attempts. She added three aces and 1.5 blocks for a 14.5-point evening. She had a double double as well with 12 kills in the match.
Sasha Urban chipped in 11.5 points of her own with six kills, four aces, and three block assists while tallying eight digs of her own.
Sarah Harris had her usual solid all-around game with four kills, 16 assists, an ace, two digs and a block good for six points. Magnolia Johnson led the team with 13 digs and added a kill and three aces.
With the loss, Marin's record dropped to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the Bay Valley Conference. Marin sits in third place behind 4-0 teams, Los Medanos and Solano.
Next up for the Mariners is a home date with the College of Alameda on Wednesday, October 3rd at 6pm in Kentfield.