The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team extended their win streak to 16, defeating North Central Michigan College and Bay College,without dropping a set.
The Raiders took the court for their Homecoming match with the Timberwolves, Friday Oct. 7, and defeated them handily 25-14, 25-16, 25-13.
“The environment of the Homecoming game was way more hype than the Raider Challenge,” sophomore Audrey Torres said. “There were so many people there supporting us, posters made by fans, and it was way more fun to play in front of a big loud crowd… and other GRCC sports teams, it was awesome.”
Sophomore Eliza Thelen led GRCC’s offense, racking up nine kills with three service aces. Torres added 10 kills with two blocks.
Sophomores Alena Visnovsky and Audrey Gower anchored the Raider defense. Visnovsky tallied five blocks while Gower hustled for 10 digs.
The Homecoming festivities included a brief celebration of the 2012 NJCAA National Championship team, led by First Team All-American and 2012 NJCAA Division ll Player of the Year, Kaitlyn Wolters.
“It was so great getting to meet the 2012 National Championship team.” Torres said. “It’s crazy to think that 10 years ago they were in our shoes having one of the best seasons GRCC has ever had. It was really inspiring.”
GRCC suited up again the following night to face off with the Bay College Norse, defeating them in straight sets 25-10, 25-11, 25-15.
The Raiders dominated, hitting a season-high .378 behind standout performances from freshman Braelyn Berry (.750), sophomore Kara Hecht (.538), and sophomore Rylee Vanpatten (.500), all career highs.
Thelen again took the lead for the raider offense, tallying seven kills with a career high five service aces. Hecht added eight more, and Torres had seven.
Sophomore setter Shannon Russell totaled 20 assists with nine digs, one shy of a doube-double.
The Raiders find themselves at 16-2 on the season, 8-0 in conference play. They will look to extend their win streak this Tuesday when they take on the Delta College Pioneers at the Gordon Hunsberger Arena at 6:30 p.m.
“I think as far as conference goes; we have it secured,” Torres added. “We just have to beat Muskegon again on the 18th and we will be good. Regionals is our number one priority because we want nothing more than to get to nationals this year and put on a show.”