Volleyballers gear up for post-season
By Maddie Toles
The LCC volleyball team has wrapped up conference play and will now set its sights on success at the district tournament.
The team will compete in the NJCAA District Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The Stars endured a tough loss against Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) on Oct. 23. This ended the Stars’ winning streak of 13 matches.
The loss moved LCC’s conference record to 12-4, and its overall record to 25-8.
While the loss is upsetting for the Stars after their original win over GRCC earlier in the season (Sept. 20), the women are still focusing on improvement.
LCC Head Coach Emily Quintero said she has taken into consideration the team’s deficiencies, and has a plan for better execution.
“We’re just going to work on some pieces of our game that people have pointed out as weaknesses,” Quintero said. “We’re just going to work on strengthening it.”
Despite some physical injury obstacles, Quintero said she is confident that the women are in a good mindset.
If the women advance through districts, it is possible they will face GRCC for a third time this season.
As for some changes, Quintero has already noted improvements that can be made if the Stars want to see Grand Rapids again.
“We’ve got to strengthen our right side,” Quintero said. “We realize that and we are going to be working toward it in the next week. We’ve got a solid week of practice and it is a good opportunity.”
One of the women, freshman Sophia Strieff, has a dislocated shoulder, and Quintero said she is taking steps to make sure the rest of the team is avoiding the possibility of injury.
As the season nears a conclusion, the women will have a few more chances to show everything they’ve learned from this year.