Photos by John Rothwell
The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team put up a tough fight in a 3-2 loss to the visiting Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars on Tuesday.
Although the loss brings the Raiders’ overall record to 4-8, it appears that the team is continuously striving to make improvements on working together and playing as a unit.
“Our team has gotten a lot better over the past couple weeks,” said Kelsie Fischer, a freshman setter for GRCC. “We just need to keep communicating the whole time, not just in the first couple games.”
The Raiders won the first set, finishing with a score of 26-24 and then dominated the second game with a 15-point lead and a final score of 25-10.
With the home team out of timeouts in the final set and down by four points GRCC made a bold comeback attempt, but inevitably lost to the cougars resulting in the 15-11 win for KVCC.
“We just started being a little lazy with a couple moves,” Fischer said. “Not taking that last step to a position which cost us.”
KVCC won the third set at 26-16 and the fourth 25-23.
“We were over confident knowing that GRCC was struggling this season so I think we expected them to struggle more than they did,” said KVCC Head Coach Jennifer Buikema.
GRCC coach Chip Will, seemed enthusiastic to be back on the sidelines.
“We’re getting better and that’s kind of all we can ask for,” Will said after the game.
The Raiders next game is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Jackson College.