Due to complications with Hurricane Lane, the GRCC volleyball team will stay in Hawaii until further notice, according to a statement from GRCC.
The team was scheduled to return to Grand Rapids this evening, but with Hurricane Lane, now downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, hitting landfall tonight the flights have been cancelled.
The new statement, released by GRCC this evening, reads:
“After monitoring weather conditions and consulting with local authorities, we believe the safest course of action is for our GRCC volleyball student-athletes and staff to remain at their location in Hilo as Hurricane Lane approaches.
“This decision was made in an abundance of caution. We will continue to focus on bringing them home safely. We have ensured that the students and staff can remain in the hotel and are working with the agency coordinating the team’s travel to place them on alternative flights.
“We continue to remain in close contact with the coaches, and are committed to keeping our athletes’ families informed.”
In a text to The Collegiate, sophomore volleyball player Kendra DeJonge highlighted the importance of staying calm in a situation like this.
“We’ve been in chaos all day getting things sorted out on the island,” DeJonge said. “Between all of the worries from our families and community back home, it’s just been really important to keep a level head and as a sophomore, set a good example for the freshman and stay calm. We found out today there is a 9 p.m. flight tomorrow night out of Hilo we will be able to get on. That stops at LAX. From there we will be on different flights to Dallas and then home to Grand Rapids later Saturday night.”
Editor’s Note: Sports Editor Mike Staley contributed to this report.