The UM-Dearborn volleyball team awaits a serve against Concordia on Oct. 1, 2014. (Courtney Morrison/MJ)
The UM-Dearborn volleyball team awaits a serve against Concordia on Oct. 1, 2014. (Courtney Morrison/MJ)
The UM-Dearborn volleyball team awaits a serve against Concordia on Oct. 1, 2014. (Courtney Morrison/MJ)

By GABRIELLE JOSEPH, Guest Reporter

After winning their first game to Oberlin College on Sept. 1, the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s volleyball team (1-5, 0-1 WHAC) dropped their conference opener to Indiana Institute of Technology at home on Sept. 2.

The Wolverines battled hard against the Warriors (3-4, 1-0 WHAC) in all three sets but in the end fell short in the sweep, losing 25-21, 25-22, and 25-15.

In the first set, the Warriors took an early 11-5 lead, but that didn’t stop the Wolverines. After two attacks from senior Colby DeMare and another two attacks and a kill by freshman Taylor Bejma, the Wolverines were right back in it, 13-12. The two teams went back and forth from then on but the Warriors prevailed and won the set by four points.

In the second set, both teams showed consistency and kept it close the whole time. After a 9-9 tie, Cassie Sarabia of the Warriors came up with a kill, and the Warriors would hold onto the lead for the rest of the set, winning by three points.

In the third set, the Wolverines kept up with the Warriors trying to force them into a fourth set but it wouldn’t be enough. The Warriors took control of the rest of the set after a service error by the Wolverines. They scored six points after the error making it 18-12 and would go on to win the set 25-15.

The team worked together well and put up impressive numbers altogether. DeMare had a total of nine kills while senior Brittany Bejma contributed with a total of 26 assists. Senior Ashley Parks who had six kills and 10 digs also helped the team in their impressive performance.

The team traveled to Rowan University in New Jersey on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 for the Rowan University Tournament. They played Kean University, Marymount University, Widener University, and Bryn Mawr College.

The Wolverines went 2-2 in that stretch, losing matches to Kean and Marymount University.

The team’s next match is home on Sept. 9 against Marygrove College (1-5, 0-1 WHAC) at 7 p.m. The Wolverines went 0-2 against the Mustangs last year.