By Anthony Clark Jr.
In a stellar outing that closed out a successful two-game road trip, the Grand Rapids Community College Women’s Volleyball team prevailed against the Ancilla Chargers on March 5, in a dominating 3-0 sweep that finished at 25-13, 25-19, 25-16. With this road win, the Raiders’ season record now stands at 3-2.
The Raiders sought after a total of 38 kills (40% kill rate) and 33 assists on 20 total errors from the attack and serve categories in a collective effort. Sophomore Kylie Oberlin set the tone for the team with an impressive nine kills on 15 attempts, with sophomore Gabi Kitley (eight kills), freshman Kara Hecht (seven kills), sophomore Annie Holesinger (six kills), and freshman Haley Dobry (five kills) supporting the offensive onslaught.
After the game, the Raiders reflected on their difficult matchup in their next bout against the rigid No. 16 nationally-ranked Muskegon Jayhawks, who lead the conference at 6-0 and are currently undefeated on the season at 8-0.
“We made sure to get a lot of players involved in the game to get ready for a tough one on Tuesday against Muskegon,” said Chip Will, GRCC’s head coach. “We sought after a couple schemes we believe can work against them (Muskegon) and made sure to get as many reps from an offensive and defensive standpoint.”
Sophomore defensive specialist/libero Savannah Stoepker said the team’s focus in practices has been continuing the momentum of superb play overall.
“Our team performance against Ancilla taught us which aspects of our game need to be improved, but it also highlighted a lot of our successes,” Stoepker said. “We got to practice many of the skills we’ll need for our game on Tuesday… I’m confident that if we execute our game plan we’ll take home a win.”
The Raiders stand at second in the conference with the extension in their win streak bringing it to three games. The team will hope to continue seeing better numbers in their attack scheme versus the season’s average of 11 kills per set on a .155% hitting rate, as the Jayhawks defense (3.03 blocks/per set) will likely make scoring much more difficult on top of being tasked with stopping the dominant offensive scheme by Muskegon that sees 13.34 kills per set on a .326% hitting rate.
More information for the Raiders’ season schedule and times can be found on the GRCC Athletics’ page. The next game for the Raiders will be against the Muskegon Jayhawks on Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. This match will be available to watch through a live stream on the GRCC YouTube channel.