By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter
If the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team was nervous about facing No. 8, Madonna University, you couldn’t tell.
The Wolverines fell to the Crusaders in three sets Friday, (25-9, 25-13, 25-12), but the squad took away more positive aspects from their first home match.
As far as the impact of playing a team like Madonna, Head Coach, Eric Stark said, “I think positively. I mean even losing to them, it’s a chance to see what you’re really made of; what you’re doing, how you’re progressing as a group and it’s just a great opportunity.”
After a first match loss and Madonna’s 9-0 hot streak at the start of the second match, the Wolverines’ spirit did not break. The team fought hard and came back strong but fell short.
“I think it’s fun to play a team that’s on paper better than you because you have to perform,” said senior, Rebecca Carley, who led the team with seven digs.
The final match began a huge momentum swing for UM-Dearborn where it had a 3-0 start against Madonna. But the Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to finish off the third set.
Junior, Colby DeMare, finished the game with six digs and three kills while senior, Megan Ynclan, had one block and four kills.
Stark said the mental aspect of the game is holding UM-Dearborn back.
“It’s the mental lapses that we have from time to time,” he said.
Although winless so far this season, Stark sees a lot of improvements with his team.
“Our passing is getting much, much better,” he said. “We are doing a little better job of learning the game, trying to recognize when we’re in bad situations and making the best choice coming out of it.”
On Saturday, UM-Dearborn took on Siena Height. The Wolverines came close but lost all three games (25-21, 25-9, 25-21).
Now 0-12, UM-Dearborn’s next match is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Lawrence Tech.