This past Wednesday, September 28, was the final tune-up for the Mar Vista girls volleyball team before they dive into the start of their conference schedule. 

The Mariners would face off for their final non-conference match of the year vs. San Ysidro High School. This is a solid and comparable test to the type of competition they will see in conference play this year. 

However, for Mar Vista, things would get off to a bit of a shaky start as they would drop the first set by the score of 25-21. It was a tightly contested set that saw some explosive kills from seniors Faith O’Neil and Kodi Tillman but was still not quite enough for the Mariners to pull out the first set win. 

In the second set Mar Vista would battle its way back. The Mariners would continue to get massive kills from Tillman and Aliyah Lucas, who would tally four of her total 15 kills in the set to help give Mar Vista another much-needed boost on the attacking side. 

Along with the clutch attacking games, Mar Vista would also take advantage of solid service games from Breanna Wilson and Melia Tapia. The pair would combine for four aces in the set and nine of the 16 aces Mar Vista would have on the night. 

The offensive bust would allow Mar Vista to take home yet another tightly contested second set by the score of 25-20 and tie the match at 1-1, heading to a pivotal third set. 

In the third set it would continue to be Mar Vista’s attacking game that would keep them ahead in the set. Lucas, Tillman, and Madison Sigmund would all register much-needed kills and help Mar Vista create separation in the set. But, what would be a massive aid in the third set for Mar Vista would be the digging ability from Jimena Barquin, who would tally 11 digs in the set and have a mind blowing 41 on the night. 

The fine defensive showing would be a massive advantage for the Mariners and help propel them to a critical 25-22 third set victory. 

Now up 2-1 in sets, all that was left for Mar Vista was to close out the critical fourth set on the night. And much like the second and third sets it would be the attacking ability of Mar Vista that would power them ahead. 

It would again be the usual suspects of Lucas, Tillman, and O’Neil that would bombard San Ysidro with kill after kill. The Mar Vista attacking ability is what can, and does, make this team so lethal at times. With Tapia playing at a high level and constantly providing elite sets and assists, Mar Vista is continuously able to be on the offensive. And as a result, Mar Vista would ride their attacking game to a fourth set victory of 25-19 and lead Mar Vista to the 3-1 win. 

With the win, the Mariner’s record now sits at 9-8 and marks the first time they have been over the .500 mark this season. 

Mar Vista will return to action with two matches this week. The first home conference match vs. Hilltop and then an away match vs. Southwest High School on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Vol. 38, No. 40 - Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022

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