Mariners' Volleyball has excelled in Bay Valley Conference play this season, and improved their already excellent home record against Contra Costa College on Wednesday. The Mariners defeated the Comets 3-0 to improve to 7-2 in conference play right behind leaders Los Medanos and Solano Colleges. Marin started the match a bit slow, with a few mental lapses, but managed to grab narrow wins in the first two sets, before blasting the Comets in third and final set.
The first set began even with both teams matching points at 6-6. Marin put some distance between themselves and Contra Costa with a 9-4 run to take a 15-10 lead, but the visitors cut it to 21-18 before Marin held on for a 25-20 first set triumph. Marin was efficient in attack with 16 kills, against five errors with a .244 kill percentage.
That number regressed in the second set, which saw Marin make 10 hitting errors and 14 kills for a .087 hitting percentage. The result of the second was actually better than the first, with Marin grabbing a 25-19 win. It started out close at 9-7 before a 10-4 run put Marin in charge 19-11. They erred a bit down the stretch, allowing Contra Costa to rally, before closing it out for a six-point victory.
The Mariners showed no mercy in the final set opening on a 12-3 run and dominating throughout for a 25-8 win. Marin had 12 kills and five hitting errors in the set, as Contra Costa earned just three points of their own in the set.
Alejandra Leon had one of her finest matches of the year with an impressive double double effort. The sophomore outside hitter had 15 kills and only four hitting errors as well as 14 digs on the night. Sarah Harris was perfect on attack with five kills and no errors, while adding 27 assists and 11 digs. Salomi Galodamu narrowly missed a double double of her own with nine kills and ten digs, while middle Ashley Chanthongthip had an excellent game on the attack with six kills against just three errors.
The win improved Marin's home record to 6-1, their lone blemish a 3-1 loss to Solano earlier in the year.
Marin has but one day off before a long road trip to Ukiah to face the Mendocino College Eagles on Friday, October 26th.