//NJCAA tournament closes out Skippers volleyball

NJCAA tournament closes out Skippers volleyball

Greatness awaited the Skippers volleyball team as the NJCAA District E Volleyball tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan began on Nov. 1.

volleyballinternetsizedThe team knew it was a possible last hoorah if they came out of the tournament unsuccessful, and they would be sent home packing as the 2013 season came to a close.

Conference rival, Mott Community College, was first up on the schedule to duke it out against the Skippers.

The game ended in favor of the Skippers in three games, (29-27, 25-20, 27-25) and the Skippers ended the first day of the tournament with a win under their belt.

Day two was a spectacle of volleyball as the girls lost in five to Columbus State CC (25-20, 25-14, 12-25, 25-16) and turned around to stay alive in the rankings as they won against Schoolcraft CC (25-15, 25-15, 25-22) and Owens CC, (25-21, 25-16, 25-21) to close out the day.

The Oakland CC Raiders stood in the way of the Skippers on day three of the NJCAA tournament and with a conference rival history, the game drew much attention.

Oakland, who led the conference ahead of the Skippers the majority of the season, won both meetings in four games against the Skippers.

The match was taken all the way to a fifth game, where a controversial call by the line judge was the proverbial nail in the coffin for the Skippers season.

The game ended, and the Skippers lost in game five, (12-25, 26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 12-15) and were reluctant as their 30-win and 13-loss season disappeared.

“We played our hardest against Oakland,” said sophomore captain, Katie Bearse, “We may not have been playing our best but it was the hardest we worked all season, and we really made Oakland work for it.”

Bearse states that although she would have loved to win the game, she “regrets nothing about the way we played.”

Freshman, Taylor Hornbacher was awarded All-Region team, All-MCCAA team, Eastern Conference First Team and Eastern Conference Player of the Year.

Alex Shell (FR), Rachel Cooper (SO), Heather Griffis (SO), and Bearse (SO) were also named All-Eastern Conference Second Team.

The Skippers end on a high note, yet still strive to excel in their talents in the next season.

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Brendan Buffa
Sports Editor