Digging deep

Schoolcraft’s women’s volleyball team holds a record of 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). The Ocelots have been working on steadily improving their game on the court with each passing game.

PHOTOS BY ALEX REGISH |STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The Lady Ocelots look on as outside hitter Madison Dest (5) hits a strong serve against St. Clair County on Sept. 15.

PHOTOS BY ALEX REGISH |STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
The Lady Ocelots look on as outside hitter Madison Dest (5) hits a strong serve against St. Clair County on Sept. 15.

On Sept. 22, the Ocelots paired up against host Mott Community College (second place in MCCAA),losing the sets, 3-1. The ladies stepped up against Mott with close sets and taking one out of the four, winning the second set, 25-14.

Many key players shined against Mott as sophomore captain and libero/outside hitter Victoria Vellucci and freshman outside hitter Madison Dest both had 14 digs. Dest also had one of her best games this season as she netted up against Mott with 11 kills, 34 total attempts, and a kill percentage of .235%.

Freshman outside hitter Gabriella Maciag has stood out all season and racked up 11 kills, 21 total attempts and a kill percentage of .381%. Freshman right side hitter Erin Parinello also had 10 digs, 12 kills and 41 total attempts. With statistics to show the hard work the Ocelots are putting in, the heart and the drive to move up in the conference shows in their games and in their practices. Many freshman have stepped up to the net to rebuild the team and redeem themselves from last year’s season and district tournament play.

With hard-hitting competition across the conference, the Ocelots take on their opponents fiercely. “This season we’re all kind of even, any game can go either way, but we just need to play our game and not play to their level,” said Vellucci.

Head Coach Shannon Pummill discusses strategy with her Lady Ocelots against St. Clair County on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Head Coach Shannon Pummill discusses strategy with her Lady Ocelots against St. Clair County on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Key freshman players have made a name for themselves, contributing tremendously to the Ocelots. With the desire to go as far as possible into the post season, the ladies only have one thing in mind and that is to win. “If you have the skill that’s good, but if you don’t have the right mindset, your skill doesn’t really matter,” said Parinello.

With the combination of skills and talents the Ocelots are on target to reach their goals. The ladies have figured out their missing ingredient to the team, communication. Although it has always been there on and off of the court, the Ocelots look to improve in their communication and get loud on the court. “Missed plays or bad plays really effect us, so we’re really making sure to work on communicating all of the time, because once our communication goes down, we have a lot harder time playing,” said head coach Shannon Pummill.

As the ladies head into the second half of the season, they are looking forward to playing and improving their skills on the court as a team. Vellucci said, “We like to dig ourselves holes, but we also like to dig ourselves out of them.”

The next home game for the Ocelots is set for, Oct. 6 at 7p.m. where they will host Oakland Community College. For more information about stats, schedules and rosters visit www.MCCAA. org.