Gritty win propels LCC volleyball squad
It wasn’t the most glamorous victory in the history of the game, but the LCC volleyball team gutted out a 25-19, 25-23, 25-7 defense of the Gannon Gym against Lake Michigan College on Oct 7.
With that victory, the Stars improved their record to 17-4 overall and to 7-3 in the MCCAA. The win left the LCC in third place in the MCCAA Western Conference.
LCC Head Coach Emily Quintero acknowledged the less than spotless performance.
“We didn’t play our best, but we came out on top,” she said. “A win is a win.”
The Stars, 20th ranked nationally, are gearing up for post-season play. Their latest win secured a spot in the 2014 District 12 qualifier.
“We’re gearing up for it, anticipating on going to the NJCAA Tournament which is top-three in the league, as well as regionals which is top-five,” Quintero said.
With LCC’s drastic turnaround from 2013, Quintero admitted that conference rivals have taken notice, making adjustments accordingly.
“Different teams have definitely took note on us; you need to watch out for the new Lansing,” she said with a smile. “(They) know we are gunning. We’ve come prepared and it shows.”
This season is especially sweet for the sophomores who endured a less than ideal 2013 campaign. Quintero said she has noticed the rise in morale.
“They’ve definitely embraced it. They finally feel their work has paid off,” she said.
LCC freshman Dayjah Stewart, who is third on the team in total blocks with 41, explained that ugly wins against less talented squads are vital.
“They’re probably more important than the hard games, because you have to perform against the small teams,” she said.
Stewart, along with Quintero, has noticed the change of in-game tactics by opponents.
“When we get ready to play them, they adjust when it comes time for the second game. They try to prepare for us, but it usually doesn’t work,” Stewart said, cracking a smile.
LCC was scheduled to begin a two-game road trip Oct. 9 against Ancilla College, then will travel to Kalamazoo Community College on Oct. 14.
The spikers’ last home game will be the “Pink Game” Oct. 16 against Muskegon Community College. Both teams will wear pink to support the awareness of Breast Cancer.