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GRCC volleyball team wins home opener

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By Max De Leeuw – Collegiate Staff

The Grand Rapids Community College Volleyball team beat out Lansing Community College 3-1 Thursday  night in the Raiders’ first home game of the season.

After winning the first set 25-19 and the second 25-21, the Raiders looked as if they might make quick work of the Stars. Lansing battled back however and took the third set 25-22. GRCC ended the match after the next set, winning it 25-12.

“You always want to win in three sets,” head coach Chip Will said, commenting on the one lost game. “It’s a good lesson for our kids to know. We gotta bring our A-game night in and night out.”

Shelby Ruffner led the Raiders in kills with eight. Ruffner also had three digs and four block assists. Abbie Gortsema tallied seven kills, three solo blocks, and six block assists. Michelle Holland totaled six kills, 15 assists, and six digs. Audrey Wyse and Maddie Stankus both had 11 digs on the night.

“I thought Rosalyn Wyse did a nice job on the outside,” Will said. “Abbie Gortsema came in with some nice blocks late in the game.”

After a scheduled away match with Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Tuesday, the Raiders will look to get another home win on Thursday against Muskegon Community College at 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse.

Photos by John Rothwell