Showdown for the Skippers

 

Heather Griffis and Taylor Hornbacher in the heat of the battle.

Heather Griffis and Taylor Hornbacher in the heat of the battle. photo credit: Brendan Buffa

On the weekend of Sept. 13-14, the Skippers had a seven straight win streak under their belt that sent them to the championship round against Sinclair CC.

From what was the result of botched calls and questionable refereeing–the Skippers were sent home packing their bags with a loss.

Returning home on Sept. 17 to play on their home court was a relief in the eyes of the girls, as they stepped up to face conference rivals, the Schoolcraft Ocelots.

The quick paced match ended in three games (25-17, 25-11, 25-23), as a fierce punishment was brought upon the Ocelots.

With a well-deserved home opener win and a dominant defense, the Skippers stayed home to play another conference rival, the Macomb Monarchs.

With a match that seemingly went back and forth, the Skippers yet again came out on top (25-23, 25-17, 25-15).

Rachel Cooper and Katie Bearse, both captains of the 2013 Skippers, collectively brought the team together in the eyes of the coaches.

They both were awarded the game ball deservingly as they controlled the net and kept the Monarchs under 20 in two of the three games.

The Skippers have a limited chance to impress their home crowd this year, with only four games being played on their court.

Finding themselves on the road frequently puts the ladies in a tough spot with a short supply of hometown supporters.

Although they have it hard, the ladies find inspiration in one another, as they are currently second in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

Sitting in first place is the Oakland CC Raiders, who have only lost one game in their season at 13-1.

The Skippers meet Oakland CC one more time on the hardwood on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

The Skippers are headed to Grand Rapids on Sept. 28for a weekend long tournament against a vast array of teams.

Included in the match ups for the Grand Rapids Raiders Invitational are Kalamazoo Valley, Lansing, Cincinnati State Tech and Grand Rapids CC.

Brendan Buffa
Sports Editor

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