(All photos taken courtesy of Avery Jennings – Sports Editor)
The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team was victorious against the Glen Oaks Community College Vikings Tuesday, winning in three sets, improving to 18-5 on the season.
The team flew through the first and second sets, 25-12 and 25-9, but let up in the third set, narrowly defeating the Vikings 25-22.
“The reason we started to fall off the cliff was because we put a lot of new people in and nobody knew who to look to,” said Freshman Outside Hitter Lena Thompson.
“We stop playing as clean and we weren’t playing as fast,” said Freshman Outside Hitter Olivia Reams. “They started playing, overall, just better volleyball.”
The solution came down to focusing as a group and trying to score points.
“We picked up our passing and our offense in general,” said Reams. “That helped us to get back into the game.”
“Once we realized we didn’t have a single person to look to, we all needed to step up and play better and that’s what picked us up.” Thompson said.
The Raiders used this game as a way to “improve on plays” they “don’t normally run” according to Reams. As well as “keeping their serves in” according to Freshman Outside Hitter Hailey DeKorte.
“That’s always our number one goal,” Dekorte said about the serves. “We always want to have the first serve, the first contact of that point.”
The team kept the atmosphere upbeat and encouraging during the match with lots of cheers and high fives according to DeKorte.
The next match for the GRCC volleyball team will be home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, against Muskegon Community College.