By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff
After winning the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference regular season championship, The No. 1 seeded Grand Rapids Community College fell to No. 3 Mott Community College 3-1 (19-25,25-10,25-23,25-19) at the MCCAA tournament.
Trailing early on in every set, GRCC could only rally back to win the first.
“Any time a team can play pretty efficiently and not make errors, you’re not going to be able to make that big four or five point run,” GRCC Coach Chip Will said. “Offensively they did a good job of being efficient.”
After the first set Mott controlled the tempo of play and score for the rest of the match, only allowing GRCC to tie the score at 15 during the third set.
“The girls had this uncanny ability to say okay that’s it we’re done,” Mott coach Bob Halbedel. ” They want to win so badly, they just never gave up.”
With the loss GRCC is now 23-4 for the year, with the most recent losses being against Mott and Oakland Community College, both of which are in the Eastern Conference of the MCCAA.
“Any time we can lose in a tournament and show the kids what it’s like to lose, helps us move forward when it really matters,” Will said. “When it really matters is next weekend.”
The Raiders will partake in the National Junior College Athletic Association district volleyball tournament Saturday and Sunday at Owens Community College in Toledo, OH.