Spikers sweep MCC in final ‘15 home game
The LCC volleyball team finished its regular season by sweeping its final road games against Lake Michigan College (27-25, 25-13, 25-21) Oct. 29 and Ancilla College (25-19, 25-21, 25-16) Nov.3.
The victories clinched Lansing’s second straight MCCAA Western Conference Championship and reserved a spot in the NJCAA District E Tournament scheduled for Nov. 6-8 at Muskegon CC.
Before the title was set in stone, LCC welcomed Muskegon CC to the Gannon Gym Oct. 27 for the final home game of the 2015 season. The Stars dispatched the Jayhawks in straight sets, 25-13, 25-18 and 25-20, to remain at the top of the MCCAA Western Conference.
“That was a huge victory, I’m just excited,” said LCC Head Coach Emily Quintero. “I’m just thrilled that the girls were able to perform tonight, it was a lot of preparation.”
This was much more than the final home game of the 2015 season. Quintero’s sophomores said their final goodbye amidst a full gymnasium adorned with pink banners, balloons and jerseys for LCC’s annual Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.
As far as statement wins go, Quintero didn’t hold back in recognizing what was at stake and the enormity of what this did for the team’s season.
“I would absolutely say this was a big statement win for us this season,” she said. “This will kind of help push us along through the next couple road games.”
Sophomore Meeshon Rogers said she was elated with the result, but was aware that it was the end of the road in the Gannon for her and her fellow sophomores.
“(I feel) excitement and sadness because that was our last home game,” she said.
Halfway through the first set of the night, LCC found itself down 14-12 thanks to some missed communication and mental lapses. But the home team managed to take the lead 19-18 after MCC’s kills fell out of bounds and LCC went on to win.
In the second set LCC started slowly, bringing the game to a 10-10 tie before Quintero called a timeout to settle her players and remind them they had a job to do.
“We need to get back at it,” she said. “We’ve got to keep mixing up what we’re swinging at.”
The Stars responded by jumping out to a 18-16 lead and closing out the set, never letting MCC get within two points.
LCC finished the season on a five-game winning streak, with a 23-11 overall record and a 12-2 showing in the MCCAA Western Conference.
They join St. Clair County CC, Mott CC and Oakland CC from the Eastern Conference, along with Western Conference foes Grand Rapids CC and Muskegon CC, in the postseason.