UM-Dearborn volleyball drops to Lawrence Tech; honors seniors Carley, Hilsabeck

Molly Hilsabeck receives flowers from UM-Dearborn volleyball coach Eric Stark. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
Molly Hilsabeck receives flowers from UM-Dearborn volleyball coach Eric Stark on senior night. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter

It was Senior Night and the last home match of the season for the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team as they took on Lawrence Tech on Oct. 22.

Seniors Rebecca Carley and Molly Hilsabeck were honored and each received flowers, hugs, and thoughtful words from their coaches and teammates.

“They are two very special people to this program,” head coach Eric Stark said. “They put in a lot of work, effort, time; they have beaten up their bodies beyond belief for this program. And they earned the right to have this match about them.”

Becca Carley prepares to hug UM-Dearborn volleyball coach Eric Stark on senior night. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
Becca Carley prepares to hug UM-Dearborn volleyball coach Eric Stark on senior night. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

Lawrence Tech (11-17, 5-11 WHAC) swept the Wolverines in three straight sets, 25-19, 25-11, 26-24. UM-Dearborn (0-26, 0-16 WHAC) almost forced a fourth set but came up short.

The Blue Devils built a comfortable lead in the third set but the Wolverines fought back and tied it to 24-24. But UM-Dearborn couldn’t hold on and Lawrence Tech took the third match with a 26-24 final.

“It’s sad and happy.” Carley described about her last career match at the Fieldhouse. “I’m happy I made it through, especially with all of the injuries and stuff that I’ve been through, so to be able to make it to my senior night felt pretty good. But it’s sad, it’s the last home game.”

With just three short weeks left of the season, UM-Dearborn hits the road to take on Lourdes University on Oct. 29.