//Setting the tone

Setting the tone

The Lady Skippers thickened the air with tension as they stepped into the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium to face division rivals, and defending champions – The Mott CC Bears.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Lady Skippers Volleyball Team was scheduled to travel to the home of The Bears in Flint, MI.

After coming off of a two game win streak against Cuyahoga and Kishwaukee, the ladies were looking for a third straight win to set the pace for their 2013 season.

I feel that the team to beat is Mott,” said Head Coach, Chuck Weisner. “It’s going to be a dog fight.”

The Skippers defeated Mott in 4 games (25-18, 22-25, 19-25, 22-25) to take the lead in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

With only 8 errors total for the entire match, the team gave an outstanding collective effort.

Taylor Hornbacher and Katie Bearse led the team with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Rachel Cooper topped the charts with 21 assists, and Heather Griffis dominated with 19 digs.

The game ball was awarded to Alex Shell with her 3 solo blocks, including the game ending stuff, which cemented the victory.

Coach Weisner is confident that what makes the girls so successful is the competition for spots, saying, “They know that on any given night it can be somebody else.”

The Skippers went on to win the coming weekend in the Alpena double header not once, but twice.

They lead the Eastern Conference with a current record of 7-2, with a 5 game hot streak.

The Skippers first home game is Tuesday, Sept. 17.


Brendan Buffa

Sports Editor