The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team continued its 14-match winning streak after defeating a tough Muskegon Community College team 3-1 Tuesday night.
“We’ve pretty much just changed our mentality completely,” sophomore captain Amanda Metz said. “Instead of worrying about our individual stats, our one main goal is to just win … and some days it’s gonna be the outside [hitters] having the best night, sometimes it’s gonna be me having the good kills, but we just realized that it’s not about individuals, it’s about a team getting a win for the team.”
Even Coach Chip Will had a few words about the impressive streak that he’s helped the team achieve.
“I think it’s a belief in each other,” Will said. “I think there’s always going to be matches that somebody’s going to have to step up, and I think that no one has an ego on this team. No one thinks that they have to do it all the time. So I think every single match, they’ve realized that ‘you know what, this matchup is going to favor me more, maybe defensively, or I’m gonna have to really come up and block well this match.’ So I think that the fact that we’re so deep, as far as having a lot of kids that can hurt you every single match, it’s been somebody different that’s stepped up for us.”
With the playoffs starting this weekend, the team is ready to do what it takes to secure a victory.
“Going forward, I really think we need to push on going into every practice with a game mentality and working really hard,” sophomore outside hitter Alex Polakovich said about the team’s mentality for the last part of their season. “Like Chip (Will) said, we have to go to class and have the mentality that we’re going to win, wake up and got to work, just winning all the time.”
The Raiders will play the Eastern Conference third seed, Oakland Community College Friday at Muskegon Reeths-Puffer High School.