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GRCC Volleyball easily defeats Lake Michigan CC to extend win streak to 13

Defensive specialist Audrey Gower prepares to serve. (Kennedy Rappleye/The Collegiate)

The Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team defeated Lake Michigan Community College in three-straight sets (25-10, 25-20, 25-13) to remain undefeated in the conference.

With the win, the Raiders are now 16-5 overall and 10-0 in the conference. They are now No. 6 overall in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll and extended their win streak to 13. 

“It feels incredible to win 13-straight games,” said freshman Eliza Thelen. “Our team has worked so hard to get to this point and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we have done.” 

The Raiders were without their star middle blocker, sophomore Annie Holesinger, but that didn’t stop them from dominating against the Redhawks.

The Raiders were led by freshman Audrey Torres who had nine kills, three digs and two aces. 

Along with Torres, the Raiders were led by Thelen who had eight kills and three blocks. Thelen has seen more playing time as the season progresses and has been able to have a positive impact on the team’s success. 

“Personally, it felt amazing to be on the court and contributing to the team,” Thelen said. “I love cheering my teammates on from the side, but I love being on the court even more. Communication with coaches is key for more playing time, and I have built up much more confidence since the beginning of the season.” 

The Raiders started off strong, securing the first five points of the game to go up early. From there, the Raiders were able to keep a comfortable lead. After a six-point run by the Raiders, they were able to take a 16-5 advantage over LMCC. The Raiders were able to secure the first set off of a kill by Thelen, 25-10. 

The Raiders were able to jump out to another great start in the second set. The Raiders had a comfortable lead throughout the set, but seemed to let up near the end to let the Redhawks go on a few runs to decrease the Raiders’ lead to just three points. However, the Raiders were able to go on a three-point run to end the second set, 25-20. 

The Raiders continued their dominance, going up five points early to make it 6-1. With the great start, the Raiders were able to keep a consistent lead and end the set 25-13, securing their 13th straight win. 

The win was aided by sophomore Kylie Oberlin (seven kills and three blocks), redshirt-freshman Kara Hecht (10 digs, five kills and two aces), freshman Shannon Russell (27 assists), freshman Ola Nowak (14 digs and three assists) and freshman Karissa Ferry (three kills, three blocks, and two digs) 

The Raiders will look to continue their win streak when they return to the Gordon Hunsberger Arena on Thursday, Oct. 14 to face off against Ancilla College starting at 6:30 p.m.

“We don’t have many home games left, so we would love to see our Raiders show up and support,” Thelen said. “The basketball team came out the other day and really picked us up when we were down. The fans have a huge impact on us, and the more the merrier.”