The Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team secured their 11th straight win on the road against Glen Oaks Community College to remain undefeated in the conference. The Raiders won the match in four sets (18-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-10) and are now 14-5 overall.
The Raiders started off the match with an uncommon performance, dropping the first set in the match.
“After the first set we were all super surprised about how poor our performance was,” said freshman outside hitter Audrey Torres. “That wasn’t even close to our best, so in between the first two sets, we came together and talked about what we needed to change and do better at, and we came out and did exactly that.”
The Raiders were led by Torres who had 14 digs, 12 kills, and two blocks. This is the second-straight game for Torres in double digits in both kills and digs. These performances were significant for the success on both offense and defense.
“My success on offense comes from the first two people contacting the ball before me,” Torres said. “We wouldn’t be able to run our offense without our defense and setting, so I give them all the credit (for) my success. As for defense, our blocking is what makes me so successful back there. With our strong block, I am able to read and move to where the hitter is going to hit with our block taking away so much area.”
The Raiders weren’t able to bounce back after going down early in the first set. However, when the Raiders were down by eight points, they were able to go on a run to get within four, but the Vikings lead was too big to come back and they would drop the first set, 25-18. This was the first time in conference play where the Raiders have dropped the first set.
The Raiders looked like a completely different team to start the second set, as they went back to what spectators are used to seeing and maintained their dominance throughout the second set. The set started close with no one pulling ahead, but the Raiders were able to go on a six-point run that resulted in a 19-11 lead. The Raiders continued to control the pace of the game as they went on to secure the set win, 25-14, ending on a big kill by sophomore Annie Holesinger to give them the momentum for the rest of the match.
The energy from the Raiders seemed to drop at the start of the third set, which allowed the Vikings to keep the set close, tying the match at 16. Following a Vikings timeout, the Raiders were able to go on a five-point run to pull ahead 23-17. The Raiders were able to close out the set on a block from freshman Karissa Ferry, 25-20.
The Raiders started the fourth set down again, falling 7-4 early. However, the Raiders energy completely changed when the they went on a 10-point run to take the lead, 14-7. From that point on, the momentum belonged to the Raiders and they were able to easily close out the match on a Torres kill, 25-10.
Holesinger not only finished with 12 kills and three blocks, but was recently honored with the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Player of the Week award for the third time this season and in back to back weeks.
The Raiders also received contributions from freshman Eliza Thelen (seven kills and four blocks), freshman Shannon Russell (31 assists, five digs, two blocks, and two kills), freshman Ola Nowak (16 digs, two aces, and two assists), and Ferry (four blocks and two kills).
The Raiders will face off against a significant conference rival as they take on Muskegon Community College for the second time this season on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m in the Ford Fieldhouse.
“Muskegon is a difficult competitor to us, but after beating them in four (sets) the first time, and watching them fall to teams we’ve swept this past weekend, I feel strongly that we will come out on top again,” Torres said.