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Raiders advance to NJCAA National Tournament

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GRCC is all smiles after defeating MCC in the final match to win the NJCAA district F Tournament. Photo by John Rothwell

By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff

Toledo, Ohio- The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Division II Tournament after defeating Muskegon Community College 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-17) to win its NJCAA district tournament.

GRCC’s final opponent was not set until late Sunday morning when Muskegon Community College, who the Raiders beat twice this season, advanced out of the loser’s bracket with a 3-0 win over Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.

“Any time you’re going to win a regional you want to play your conference rival to see who earns it and deserves it,” GRCC Coach Chip Will said. “I respect their program a lot and what they bring, I was glad to see the two teams square off to see who earns it.”

MCC came out strong first and with the match tied 13-13 GRCC went on a run that seemed to take the wind out of MCC for the remainder of match play.

“I thought the first set we had them, we were up and playing pretty well,” MCC coach Rick Ryske said. “We seemed to run out (of) gas and they kept going. They were the better team today.”

With a first round bye Friday night, No.1 seeded GRCC showed up determined and ready to play on Saturday beating Vincennes Community College 3-0. The win allowed GRCC to advance to the semi finals where the Raiders beat CST&CC 3-1, ending Saturday play and guaranteeing a position in Sunday’s final match.

GRCC’s Michelle Holland was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Rosalyn Wyse and Dacey Cook were named to the all tournament team.

GRCC Coach Chip Will was given the honor of coach of the year

GRCC will play in the NJCAA National tournament, Nov. 20-23, at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona.