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Lucky 13? GRCC volleyball sweeps Lake Michigan College to keep win streak alive

Oct. 12, 2021, BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team extended its winning streak to 13 matches after defeating Lake Michigan College in three-straight sets on Tuesday.

The Raiders, ranked No. 6 in the latest NJCAA Division II poll, won their 26th in a row against the Red Hawks by a score of 25-10, 25-20, 25-13. 

Nine GRCC players earned at least one kill, including a match-high nine for freshman Audrey Torres of Caledonia. Eliza Thelen, a Forest Hills Eastern High School graduate, scored eight, and the two combined to hit .580.

Thelen was pleased by the play of the team, which hit a solid .295 for the match.

"We came out swinging and playing aggressive because our back row was producing some awesome passes," Thelen said. "We were able to execute the plays we wanted to run. Thanks to that, we won three sets in a row to get the win!"

Kylie Oberlin, of Fruitport, had 7 kills and 3 blocks while Kara Hecht had 5 kills and 10 digs. Freshman libero Ola Nowak, of Grandville, led the defense with 14 digs.   

Statistical Leaders:

  • Kills: Torres, 9; Thelen, 8; Oberlin, 7; Hecht, 5.
  • Assists: Shannon Russell, 27; Nowak, 3.
  • Digs: Nowak, 14; Hecht, 10; Russell, 9.
  • Blocks: Oberlin, Thelen and Karissa Ferry, 3.
  • Aces: Hecht and Torres, 2.

The Raiders will be back at home on Oct. 14 to take on Ancilla College. In their first meeting this season, the Raiders won in three. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. 

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