Molly Hilsabeck readies herself for a play. (Photo courtesy of Ferrell Mayes).
Molly Hilsabeck readies herself for a play. (Photo courtesy of Ferrell Mayes).
Molly Hilsabeck readies herself for a play. (Photo courtesy of Ferrell Mayes).

By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter

Last week was a strong one for the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team. Improvements are being revealed every single day.

The Wolverines faced Lawrence Tech and Rochester College this past week. It may have added another streak to the loss column, but UM-Dearborn is not even close to backing down.

UM-Dearborn (0-14) took a road trip to Lawrence Tech on Wednesday and lost 3-1. (25-19,25-21,14-25,25-8).

The second match started slow, but UM-Dearborn went on a huge streak to bring the game to a close 21-20 score. Lawrence Tech continued on to win that set. It was the 8-0 start in the third match that brought the momentum up in a huge way for the Wolverines as they took that set.

Senior Megan Ynclan led the offense with 10 kills and sophomore Natasha Hampton had six blocks to carry the defense.

On Friday, UM-Dearborn continued their trip to Rochester College to take on the warriors. Head Coach, Eric Stark said, “Rochester was our best performance to date.”

The match was close, but Rochester took the sets 3-2 (17-25,20-25,25-14,25-23,15-10).

Stark said it was a number of things that showed such a strong performance.

“We came out extremely strong, we stuck to our game plan, secured the first two sets and that’s why we got a 2-0 lead,” Stark said. “We were consistent, we had no mental lapses and it was just a huge, huge improvement upon what we have been doing.”

Freshman Megan Wright had a huge game with 17 digs and six assists. Senior Rebecca Carley came through with 20 digs and four assists followed by junior Colby DeMare with 17 kills and seven digs for the Wolverines.

Although they came out with another loss, UM-Dearborn sees nothing but positive things and is only looking forward.

UM-Dearborn returns to the Fieldhouse on Sept. 24 to take on Lourdes University.