By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff
The No. 2 ranked Grand Rapids Community College Volleyball team hosted 18 teams from around the Midwest for the Raider Challenge at the Ford Fieldhouse this weekend.
GRCC finished the tournament 3-1, beating Lakeland Community College 3-1, Alpena Community College 3-0 and Schoolcraft Community College 3-0. The Raiders fell to Oakland Community College 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 25-12, 25-22).
“It was a great matchup with a lot of emotion and toughness,” OCC Coach Jeffery Stark said. “They are a great team.This was probably one of the best matches played here this weekend.”
With the weekend’s results, GRCC’s overall record moves to 16-3.
The Raider Challenge marked the midway point of the season, with GRCC using the tourney as a building block for the second half and preparation for Nationals.
“We need to continue to push ourselves to get better,” GRCC Coach Chip Will said. “We want to keep getting better. Getting comfortable and uncomfortable”
Amanda Glaza tallied 14 digs in GRCC’s win over Lakewood.
“The main team goal is winning Nationals,” Glaza said. “There is a lot of potential for this team to win.” Shelby Ruffner leads GRCC with 131 kills on the season, averaging 2.38 per set.
Audrey Wyse holds the team lead with 21 aces, Michelle Holland leads in assists at 249 and Amanda Glaze has tallied 220 digs.
GRCC travels to Lansing Community College on Sept. 30, before hosting Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Oct. 2.