The Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team continued their success in conference play when they defeated Ancilla College in three straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-17) on Tues., Sept. 15.
The Chargers looked to snap their streak of poor performances in conference play as they came into the game 0-3, while the Raiders came in 2-0. The Raiders were able to consistently keep a lead and had control of the game for the whole night, securing their third-straight win.
“It’s definitely given us a lot of confidence knowing that we’ve been able to come out on top three games in a row,” said freshman outside hitter Audrey Torres.
The Raiders were led by Torres who had 10 kills along with four digs and one block. Torres has been a starter in every conference match this season, consistently delivering for the Raiders attack.
“(I’ve) been giving all I have to adapt to this whole new world of volleyball, so I can be the best version of myself for my teammates,” Torres said. “My teammates and coaches have played a massive part in the success I’ve been having with their encouragement, welcomeness, and challenging me everyday to get better.”
The first set started in a close battle with an 8-8 score through the first part of the match. The Raiders were able to slowly pull away when they went on a run aided by sophomore Annie Holesinger’s back to back aces, and a couple kills from Torres. This allowed the Raiders to stretch their lead, 16-9. The Chargers were not completely out of the game when they went on a four-point run to get within three, 20-17. Even though the Chargers had a moment of hope for a comeback, the Raiders were able to secure set one, 25-18.
The Raiders were able to quickly jump out to a 4-1 lead early in the second set, but the Chargers were able to go on a five-point run to take the lead for the first time in the match, 5-4. After the Chargers run, the Raiders had a run of their own to go up 14-6. The Raiders were able to consistently have the lead over the Chargers to easily take set two, 25-16.
The third set started in a back and forth battle, but similar to the first two sets, the Raiders began to pull away. Following an Ancilla timeout, sophomore Kylie Oberlin had a huge kill to give them all the momentum which pushed them forward to easily secure the win, 25-17.
Oberlin had a solid performance with six kills and three blocks to aid the Raiders’ win. The Raiders also received contributions from freshman Karissa Ferry (five kills and two blocks), Holesinger (four aces and three kills), freshman Ola Nowak (12 assists and eight digs), and freshman Shannon Russell (14 assists and five digs).
The Raiders will look to continue the win streak when they face off against Kellogg Community College on Thurs., Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
“I feel very confident about our upcoming game on Thursday,” Torres said. “I have no doubt in my mind that if we play our game, we will come out on top.”