By JORDAN EWALD, Guest Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team was looking to get back to its winning ways when they met Lawrence Tech at home Wednesday night. The team faced Madonna on Sept. 11, losing all three sets and then fell to Siena Heights the next day.
After a tough weekend, a win was what the Wolverines needed. Unfortunately, that was not what they received, losing to the Blue Devils 24-26, 19-25, 18-25.
“Win or lose you’re going to learn from it,” said senior Brittany Bejma reflecting on the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s volleyball team’s most recent loss against Lawrence Tech.
In the first set, the Wolverines looked ready to attack. They took an early 19-13 lead over the Blue Devils.
“We started off with more energy in the first set than we have in the past and we have been working on it,” said senior Megan Wright.
With their impressive 19-13 lead early in the first set, it seemed as if the Wolverines were going to dominate the court and put Lawrence Tech away early. A series of attacking errors gave Lawrence Tech the opportunity to come back in the game. The Blue Devils capitalized to give themselves the lead 22-21 by scoring four consecutive points. They went on to win the first set 26-24.
“Today’s match demonstrated the exact step that we have to take. Physically we can compete, mentally we need to get stronger,” said head coach Eric Stark.
With the beginning of the match starting off strong it may be a wonder how the Wolverines were unable to come back and win either of the next sets.
“Frustration with little things that didn’t go our way created a distraction in our efforts,” said Stark.
The loss in the first set seemed to set the precedent for the remaining two sets. The Wolverines would fall to the Blue Devils 19-25 and 18-25 in the second and third sets, respectively.
Despite taking the fall from Lawrence Tech, individual Wolverines showed their skills on the court. Freshman Shayna Smalls lead the team with 10 kills in Wednesday’s contest. Bejma led the team with six digs.
Looking forward, the Wolverines will host the Rochester College Warriors on Saturday for a non-conference match. The team is confident going into Saturday’s game. According to players and coaches Rochester College and Lawrence Tech have similar game plans.
“[Rochester] plays a lot like Lawrence Tech. We can take what we learned from this match and use it to our advantage and go for it,” said Bejma.