The Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team fell to Muskegon Community College in four sets (16-25, 25-19, 22-25, 13-25) in the first round of the Great Lakes B District Tournament. They will face off against Glen Oaks Community College on Friday Nov. 5 in the loser’s bracket of the tournament.
This is the Raiders’ first loss since Aug. 28, and it snaps an 18-game win streak.
The tournament requires a double elimination in order to be knocked out of contention for the regional championship.
The Raiders were led by freshman Audrey Torres who had 15 digs, 10 kills, two aces and one block.
In the beginning of the first set, it was a tight battle with no team leading by more than a couple of points. When the set was tied at 11 each, the Jayhawks started to pull away, going on a nine-point run to take a 20-11 lead. The Raiders were able to go on a few short runs, but could not get anything going to mount a comeback, which resulted in a loss of the first set, 25-16.
After the frustrating start, the Raiders were able to bounce back in the second set, securing the first three points off of blocks from sophomore Kylie Oberlin and Torres. The Raiders were able to string together some runs to give them a comfortable 13-7 lead. However, the Jayhawks were able to get back into the game and shave away the Raiders lead to three points before a Raiders timeout. Following the timeout, Torres had a big kill followed by a kill from freshman Karissa Ferry that gave the momentum back to the Raiders. The Raiders were able to extend their lead to 21-14 and finish the set off of three-straight kills from Oberlin, Torres and freshman Eliza Thelen to take the second set, 25-19.
The Raiders started out strong in the third, going up 7-3 to start. The Jayhawks fought back with a few runs of their own to take the lead back, going up 17-14. It was a tight ending to the set, but the Jayhawks were able to pull away after back-to-back points to secure the third set win and the 2-1 advantage in the match.
The Raiders had a tough start to the fourth set, going down 6-1. Freshman Morgan Fugate stepped up big off the bench, giving the Raiders a shot in the set. Fugate secured four points for the Raiders to put them down only one, 8-7. However, the Jayhawks were able to pull away with a huge run that led to them taking the set 25-13 and the match 3-1.
The Raiders saw contributions from sophomore Annie Holesinger (eight kills and two blocks), Oberlin (six kills and two blocks), Thelen (six kills and three blocks), redshirt-freshman Kara Hecht (nine kills, four digs, and one block) and freshman Shannon Russell (29 assists and two aces)
The Raiders will look to bounce back into contention for the Great Lakes District B Championship when they face off against Glen Oaks Community College on Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in Port Huron.
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