The Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team defeated Kalamazoo Valley Community College in a five-set battle (19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11) to extend their win streak to 16.
The Raiders went down 2-1 after three sets, but were able to win two-straight sets to keep the win streak and undefeated conference record alive.
“It was definitely challenging being down 2-1 again against a team that shouldn’t have won a set against us,” said freshman Audrey Torres. “We’re still getting back into the swing of having everyone back… it’s been a bit of a challenge getting our spark back but we’re working on it.”
The Raiders were disappointed with their performance and felt they didn’t perform at the level they know they can.
“It was a tough game last night to say the least,” said sophomore Annie Holesinger. “We hit the worst hitting percentage all season, but we still had the grit to pull out a win. It was fun seeing everyone on the court and determination everyone had to win.”
The Raiders were led by Holesinger with 13 kills, who returned to the court after missing three games due to illness.
“It felt really good being back,” Holesinger said. “Sitting out three games was very tough, and the transition back into playing after sitting for two weeks was tough. I missed playing with the girls (and) everyone was super welcoming back.”
Freshman Karissa Ferry also helped the team offensively with 11 kills and stepped up on the defensive end with four blocks.
The Raiders also saw contributions from Torres (nine kills, five digs, four aces, and one block), freshman Morgan Fugate (four kills and three digs), and freshman Ola Nowak (38 assists, 16 digs and three aces).
With the win, the Raiders are now 19-5 overall and 13-0 in the conference.
The Raiders will wrap up regular season play when they return to the Ford Fieldhouse for the final home game to face off against Lansing Community College.
“I feel super confident about (Thursday),” Torres said. “There’s (going to) be a large crowd there to support us, so we’re super excited to be able to put on a show for them.”
The matchup versus LCC will also be the annual Pink Game for the Raiders – where they will be wearing pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer.
“This Pink Game means so much to all of us,” Torres said. “We’re so excited to get the chance to play in front of our community and bring everyone together for this game.”
The match is set for Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
“I feel really good,” Holesinger said when talking about her last regular season home game with the Raiders. “Sad to see three years come to an end, but wouldn’t want to go undefeated in conference with any other team.”