BY HANNAH GENIG, Sports Editor
The University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team (5-14, 1-8 WHAC) traveled to Ann Arbor on Sept. 30 to face the Concordia Cardinals, (15-8, 4-5 WHAC) falling in three sets and only taking one set victorious with a final score of 25-17, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17.
In the first two sets, the Wolverines trailed in all regards. Compared to the Cardinal’s high volume of kills and blocks, the Wolverines just could not keep up and in these first sets only managed 17 and 23 points, respectively.
Concordia senior Autumn VanKirk led the strong team with 21 kills, which contributed to the team’s overall 59. Sophomore Alisha Anderson maintained a strong defense with 19 digs.
The third set featured a new and improved Wolverine mindset, as the team dominated on the floor and came out with a win. Notable performances consisted of freshman Shayla Smalls, who impressively managed 15 kills, as well as senior Megan Wright with 21 digs defensively.
Unfortunately, this high amount of intensity and perseverance only lasted so long until Concordia revamped the game and took back control of the score. The fourth set showcased a strong Cardinal offense that was unbeatable.
Without having much time to recuperate after a tough match, the Wolverines then hosted Grace Bible College (8-7) on Oct. 1. Smalls continued to wow, with 14 kills and four attacks.
Her performance, along with contributions by senior Colby DeMare and freshman Katherine Nealy helped maintain a steady lead throughout the match.
With a final score of 25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, the Wolverines were regaining their momentum for their weekend conquests.
This past weekend, the team remained busy with traveling to Cornerstone University on Oct. 2 and then hosting Davenport University on Oct. 3. Unfortunately, UM-Dearborn was dominated in both of these matches. With a current record of 6-16, the Wolverines must continue to work hard before a tough matchup with Marygrove College on Oct. 14.