The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Volleyball team took on the Lansing Community College Stars on Tuesday night in their Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference game in Ford Fieldhouse. They walked out of Gordon Hunsberger Arena with a convincing 3-1 victory.
The No. 4 ranked Raiders were in control in the first set after a back and forth start. They then ran away with the first set, 25-10.
“We played well,” head coach, Chip Will, said. “We played really clean on our side.”
Will also touched on the new approach that his squad used, “We came into the match with some goals we wanted to achieve,” Will said. “We actually had them write down two or three goals that they wanted to focus on… we are really trying to focus on the non-statable things.”
The Raiders continued to dominate into the second set, jumping out to a double-digit lead and ultimately winning the second set 25-12.
Set number three was a struggle for the Raiders. The Stars were pushing back and forth with the Raiders and slowly pushed their lead to five points. The Raiders called a timeout late in the set, with Lansing ultimately winning, 25-18.
“We had a few other kids jumping in, I think it’s important in any match to make sure everyone is getting reps,” Will said. “Anytime you’re shuffling kids in and out sometimes that dynamic changes a little bit and the comfort level of the person playing next to you changes a little bit.”
Will made note that his players can rotate in at any point, “All of our kids 1-15 are really good,” Will said.
The players also took note of the unusual loss in the third set, it’s something they want to avoid from happening in the future.
“We kind of let up a little bit in the third set,“ Defensive Specialist/Libero Peyton Helsen said. “But in the fourth game we kept it cleaner and closed it out, overall though, I think we still played pretty solid.”
The Raiders played well, but they know there is always room to grow.
“It’s some stuff we still have to improve on,” Defensive Specialist Kelsie Schultz said. “We just got a little unfocused in that third set, but moving forward in the game we cleaned that up.”
In the fourth set, the Raiders jumped out to a dominating 13-3 lead when the Stars called their final timeout. They continued to pour it on to win the decisive set, 25-9.
The No. 4 Raiders are 12-1 overall and remain undefeated in conference play with a 9-0 record.
The next game for the Raiders will be on Thurs., Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., against Kalamazoo Valley Community College in the Ford Fieldhouse.