Schoolcraft volleyball struggle in Raider Challenge
By Andrew Leach
On Sept. 27 and 28, the Ocelots played in the Raider Challenge Tournament held in Grand Rapids.
On Sept. 27, Schoolcraft squared up against Cuyahoga CC. Coming off a three match-losing streak, the Ocelots were ready to pounce and get a win, and they did just that, winning 15-25, 27-25, 25-28 and 22- 25.
Schoolcraft needed to go through a very good Lorain County CC team to continue their success in the tournament, but the Ocelots could not prevail in the close match. The scores of the match were 24-26, 25- 17, 25-22 and 25-16. Despite the loss, it was a great team effort as they showed unity through out the match.
Coach Pumill knew things had to change the next day in order to beat another great team, Lakeland CC. It was an early morning match, and the Ocelots came out with great energy as they won the opening set 25-13. Unfortunately, this was the only set they won as Lakeland swept the next three sets to secure the victory by scores of 25-13, 25-22 and 26-24.
The Ocelots then faced Grand Rapids CC, one of the best volleyball teams in the MCCAA, and the Raiders swept the Ocelots 25-15, 25- 16 and 25-20.
VOLLEYBALL STRUGGLES, DROPS MATCH TO MACOMB
Thursday Sept. 18 did not go the way the Ocelots (5-5, 0-2 MCCAA Eastern Conference) imagined, as the Macomb Community College Monarchs swept them. The Monarchs came into the game with a strong front line that had an incredible game, blocking most shots from the hard-hitting Ocelot team. It was a battle all three matches, especially at the net.
Even though the Ocelots lost all three sets, they didn’t give up as they were always within a few points of tying the set. The scores of the sets were 20-25, 21-25 and 20-25.
Ajsha Davis, who recorded seven kills, seven digs and two blocks, led Schoolcraft. Sydnee Miller also had a big impact with six kills and one dig. It was a solid team effort by Schoolcraft, but it was not enough to overcome the Monarch attach.
The Ocelots look to rebound from their recent slump when they play Oakland CC at home on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. and wrap up their regular season at home on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. against Mott CC.