By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team is getting closer and closer to clinching their first win of the season, but fell short three times this week against Concordia, Cornerstone and Davenport.
UM-Dearborn (0-21) hosted a whiteout against Concordia Oct. 1 and lost a close match in four sets, 25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 20-25.
The Wolverines came out extremely strong and shut down the Cardinals in the first set, bringing out huge momentum following a 7-0 run to start. Concordia caught up fast but UM-Dearborn captured the first set, 25-23.
“We hit well,” Head Coach, Erick Stark said. “We were aggressive, we were aggressive at the right things.”
Concordia fought back and won the last three sets to clinch the win.
Rebecca Carley dominated defensively with 19 digs. Colby DeMare made a statement with 15 kills, followed by Megan Ynclan not far behind with 11 kills.
Two nights later, UM-Dearborn hosted the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone at the Fieldhouse and were swept in three sets, 25-16, 25-13, 25-13.
It was an intense battle from the first serve. The Wolverines wanted the win bad, and it showed.
“They had some successes attacking the areas that we focused on early, when we got frustrated we got away from some of those areas.” Stark said.
The first two sets showed a lot of heart from UM-Dearborn. There was not a single standstill moment from the squad as they dove for every ball and hustled after every play. It was focusing on the right details that helped the Wolverines put up a tough fight for the Golden Eagles.
Going by a point-by-point mentality showed high success early on for UM-Dearborn, but in the third match looking at the big picture for a win caused Cornerstone to go on a 12 point run early on.
“We were kind of focused on ourselves and working hard at each point instead of the whole match,” said Carley, who ended the game with eight digs.
Ynclan led the offense with six kills. DeMare was right behind with five kills, with Kali Sclater following with three kills.
UM-Dearborn fell to No. 25 Davenport in three sets, 25-12, 25-13, 25-18, Saturday.
UM-Dearborn hosts Indiana Tech on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The Wolverines will be honoring each player’s Most Valuable Professor during intermission.