The Wolverines huddle up during Parents Night. Photo courtesy of Natalie Habhab.
The Wolverines huddle up during Parents Night. (Natalie Habhab/MJ)

By NATALIE HABHAB, Guest Reporter

The University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team faced the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers last Wednesday for Parents Night, an annual tradition. The Wolverines honored their parents by presenting them with a yellow rose.

“Parent night is good, said junior Molly Hilsabeck. “We always do it and it’s a good way to show our parents a little appreciation.”

Though it was a celebrated event, the Wolverines wound up losing to the Racers by scores of 13-25, 15-25, and 16-25.

“I think we had a little miscommunication, but we also had our shining moments and once we had that, we came together as a team,” said Hilsabeck. “We did okay.”

Despite losing, there were plenty of bright spots to take away from Wednesday’s game.

In the third set, the Wolverines were up by three points early on and showed great teamwork and communication.

The team did play against one of the best setters in the league, which may have been the difference-maker in the game.

“She can control her ability to have every option in the air…..your setter is your quarterback,” said associate head coach Al Edwards. “She made it very difficult for our blocking and our defense. She really disrupted us on how good she was.

There are some things that the team can take from this game and improve on going forward.

“Decision making with the shots,” said Edwards. “We’re not making the right choice on balls that are a little off that aren’t in great set. The same thing with a blocking and defensive standpoint, the choices that they make need to be more efficient. Their effort level and communication is high, but our decision making and execution is way off right now.”

The way the girls communicate with one another is definitely noticeable. Every time a play was over, they would motivate one another with words of encouragement.

UM-Dearborn managed to sweep their tournament this past Saturday, defeating Mount Mary College in the first match and Grace Bible College in the finale.

The Wolverines, now 6-14, hit the road for their next game. They face Davenport University on September 25.