Women’s volleyball falls short against Raiders
BY NATALIE SHIRVANIAN
Schoolcraft’s Women’s Volleyball team worked hard, made several improvements and position changes to come close to capturing a win against Oakland Community College (OCC) at home on Oct. 6. Despite the effort, the team fell short in all three sets. With a record of 8-8 overall and 0-4 in the MCCAA (Michigan Community College Athletic Association), the Ocelots remain optimistic and focused to close out the regular season with some more wins.
Some major changes were made in the lineup with positioning on the court that made an impact for the Ocelots defensively and offensively.
“Our defense did great last night. We just had an off day with hitting,” said assistant coach Brandi Dunn.
After moving players’ positions around, the team feels more confident taking on their next opponents of St. Clair Community College on Oct. 20.
The Ocelots had a team total of 78 digs, 134 total attempts and 20 kills. The team has found their touch, and with the changes, they are looking forward to what the future holds for the team.
“Yesterday with the changes that we made, just knowing that the season is coming to a close pretty soon, you can tell they want it more, and they’re playing harder for it,” Dunn said.
Freshman middle blocker/libero Marissa Sims had 29 digs from all three sets, contributing greatly to the defense.
“I think change was good, because we were kind of in a rut,” said Sims.
Along with Sims, freshman Erin Parinello had nine digs and 27 total attempts.
“The first set we kind of dug ourselves a hole. We were down 7-1, but then we fought back,” said Parinello. “We thought we were going to have the game, but we lose on our errors.”
Although the ladies lost the three sets, they came close to the win. The first set ended as 24-17, the second set was 26-24 and the third set was 25-23.
Freshman middle blocker and right side hitter Shannon Malone helped the team with five kills, 25 total attempts and six digs. Freshman setter Amanda Rybak contributed with 11 digs and 17 assists.
With a team stacked with freshman, they work hard and compete against opponents. As the Ocelots prepare for final few weeks of the regular season, a few games the team looks forward to are their second meeting against Macomb Community College which happened on Oct. 13 (game recap on www.schoolcraftconnection.com) and St. Clair Community College on Oct. 20.
“I’m hoping next week will be the time where the defense and the servicing is really hitting, because I feel like once we start winning, we’ll keep winning,” said Parinello.
The Ocelots will play a double header at home against Alpena Community College on Oct. 24 at 1p.m., and their last home game against Mott Community College is on Oct. 27 at 7p.m. For more information on schedules, stats and rosters, visit www.MCCAA.org.