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Skippers get spiked during home opener

Skippers get spiked during home opener

Rachel Olivia Kobylas

Staff Writer

The Oakland Community College Raiders set the ball over the net during the Home Opener, Thursday, Sept. 9. Photo by Rachael Kobylas

“It’s hard to put last year’s expectations on this year’s team,” said Dale Voss, St. Clair County Community College’s Athletic Director.  The Skipper Volleyball team has brought home quite a few championships including nationals in the past and in Voss’ opinion the team is always, “pretty solid.”

After a triple game defeat at home, Thursday, Sept. 9, the Oakland Community College Raiders beat out the SC4 Skippers with a final score of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-23. Even with the hard hit right off the start, Skipper Volleyball Coach Chuck Weisner said, “We are not confident yet, but we will get there.  Once these girls get their confidence going, watch out!”  He also made note that the defeat was a difficult one as the Raiders had opportunities to play quite a few games where the Skippers were just starting into their games and tournaments; this was game 6 for them in the season thus far.

Kelly David, 19, of the Skipper team felt the team needs to “communicate more.  We lost because of little errors.  We lost some momentum and we need to pick it back up.” Some of their momentum can be seen and heard on the court with their loud “CH-CH-BOOM” cheer that the team uses, as David says, “to get loud and crazy and get excited about what we do.”

About upcoming games, Coach Weisner says he will be taking a different approach, “I think we will get there, but right now we are playing not to lose instead of playing to win.”  The team is on their way to their next tournament at Muskegon Community College, Sept. 10 and 11.