By Sean P. Mulhall – Editor-in-Chief
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team dropped another game, this time 3-1 to Lansing Community College, bringing their record to 3-7 in the first 10 matches.
The Raider’s hosted the Stars for their home opener. The last game of head coach Chip Will’s 10-game suspension to start the season, was also the home opener for the Raiders.
The first 10 games, like this one, have been a struggle for the Raiders. The first set showed promise as the Raiders beat Lansing 25-14, never trailing in the set and winning nine of the first 10 points.
Lansing would take the next three sets, as the Raiders team play dropped significantly and the Stars made less mistakes. This marks the first time in over a year that the Raiders have lost at home.
One of six sophomores on the team, Amanda Metz, who led the team in hit percentage, was on the floor for the entire game and thinks that the players are still trying to get a feel for each other.
“We have a lot of talent individually, but we haven’t brought it together yet,” Metz said. “When things get shaky, we need to come together instead of pull apart.”
Assistant coaches Kendall Wolffis and Molly Maynard agreed with Metz and echoed her statements.
“We have a lot to work on,” Wolffis said. “I think they may have been over thinking everything from practice.”
“There is no ‘one thing,’” Maynard agreed. “We struggled offensively and defensively.”
It is still early in the season and the players appeared optimistic about the rest of the season, especially with the return of coach Will at the next match, at Ancilla College on Sept. 10 in northern Indiana.
When asked if she was excited for Will’s return, Metz made it very clear.
“100 percent,” Metz said. “He is the glue that holds us together.”