BY JORDAN EWALD AND GABBY JOSEPH, STAFF WRITERS
The women’s volleyball team hosted Concordia University Wednesday for the final home game of the season. Unfortunately, the Wolverines would fall to the Cardinals in three sets.
In the first set the Wolverines seemed to be in control. Senior Megan Wright rallied off seven points to bring the team on top of Concordia’s 12-7 lead putting them up 14-12. The Wolverines would then continue to command the set taking a 19-14 lead. Concordia would come back posing a threat making the score 20-23.
The Wolverines seemed to have the game secured at 27-26, but Concordia battled back to tie the set. From there the two teams went back and forth. Concordia would ultimately win the set 29-27.
The following two sets would fall in Concordia’s favor. The Cardinals would defeat the Wolverines 25-12, and 25-15 respectively. In set two the Cardinals would pull away with a 14-7 lead and the Wolverines couldn’t catch up.
The third set Concordia would take an early lead and hold on until the end. Wright had 10 digs for the Wolverines throughout the three sets. Freshman Shayla Smalls had nine kills on the night.
Wednesday night served as a special evening for three seniors on the squad. Brittany Bejma, Megan Wright, and Natasha Hampton were all honored that night for senior night. Each one was recognized with a small recap of stats and facts about their time playing at the U of M- Dearborn, followed by a speech given for each by head coach Eric Stark, and one from each of the three players.
In addition to the evening being senior night, between sets two and three a Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) sponsored student versus staff volleyball game was held. A staff team led by athletic director Matt Beaudry, assistant athletic director Bryan Earl, athletic trainer Kim Wiendel and head hockey coach Chris Haltinner along with other staff members defeated the students 11-9.
Although the Wolverines were unable to pull off a win for their last home stand of the season the night was full of fun and entertaining activities.
Over the weekend, the Wolverines competed in the WHAC Crossover hosted by Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio. The ladies took on Davenport University (21-18, 13-9 WHAC) and Aquinas College (20-15, 11-11 WHAC) to close out the 2015-16 season.
Aquinas and Davenport came out to fight. Both teams swept the Wolverines in three sets and beat them by a score of 10 or more in each set. The team worked together well regardless of the sweeps and left all they had on the court. Senior Megan Wright led the team with a total of 20 digs between the two games and senior Colby DeMare ended the day with 10 kills. Freshman Shayla Smalls had 11 kills while senior Brittany Bejma led the team with 26 assists.
The Wolverines concluded their season with a 6-27 record, an improvement from their 0-32 record last season.