College of Marin Volleyball rebounded from a first set loss to defeat the College of Alameda Cougars 3-1 on Friday. Marin was without one of their top players Salomi Galodamu, but the team came together to make up for her absence. Sarah Urban and Alejandra Leon each had excellent games for Marin as they recorded a season high 82 digs as a team.
Marin began the match slowly, as they dropped the first set to the Cougars 25-20. They barely hit positive with eight kills and six errors in 37 attacks. Despite the early deficit they came together as a team to improve, beginning with the second set.
It was a hard fought and very close second stanza. Marin hit .140 in the set with 14 kills and eight errors in 43 attacks. It required extra points, but in the end the Mariners tied the match with a 27-25 second set victory.
The second set win put Marin on the track to victory, while simultaneously taking all the wind out of the Alameda sails. The Mariners dominated in the third set with eight kills and only four errors. Alameda did a lot of the damage to themselves as Marin took the victory 25-15. Holding a 2-1 lead, the Mariners showed no mercy as they demolished Alameda in the final set 25-13 to seal the match.
Alejandra Leon led the way for the Mariners with 20 kills and just six errors in the match, she added an ace for a 21-point evening and had a double double as well with 12 digs. Freshman Sasha Urban had a double double as well, recording 11 kills and a career high 20 digs in the match. Hellen Sigaran had a superb day in service with six aces and she added 8 digs as well. Libero Magnolia Johnson was excellent defensively with a career high 25 digs.
The win pushed Marin's record to 12-8 overall and 9-3 in Bay Valley Conference play. Only one week in the season remains as the Mariners have a pair of road trips ahead. They head to Solano College on Wednesday, November 7th and Yuba College on November 9th.