By JACK VANASSCHE, Staff Writer
Despite a stellar effort against nationally ranked Madonna, the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team dropped both of their conference matches last week.
Wednesday, the Wolverines hosted No. 18 ranked Madonna to the Fieldhouse for the last home match of the season.
Despite an early surge from the Wolverines, the Crusaders would win the match 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 20-25, 13-25).
Seniors Raechel Warchock and Colby DeMare fittingly led the team to one of their most impressive battles of the season on Senior Night.
Warchock, in her fourth and final year with the team, concluded her career at the Fieldhouse by leading the Wolverines (9-19, 2-13 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) with ten digs.
DeMare, in her fifth and final year with the Wolverines, was the premiere offensive piece for UM-Dearborn in the match. She would finish with a team-high 11 kills.
After bombarding Madonna (28-6, 13-2 WHAC) early on, the Wolverines never eased up.
Despite the team taking the first set of the match, the Wolverines just could not overcome the size and precision of the Crusaders. Even so, UM-Dearborn battled each set while only falling short by a few points each.
“I thought we showed up ready to play,” said head coach Eric Stark. “It was truly what I’ve known us to be capable of all season long.”
“We try to get the girls to realize the level they can play at, and they came out ready to perform.”
Saturday, the Wolverines were beaten in straight sets at the University of Northwestern Ohio (18-25, 21-25, 22-25).
Sophomore Shayla Smalls did her part to keep the Wolverines in each set by putting up ten kills against the Racers (16-18, 5-10 WHAC).
Freshman setter Daniella Barile tallied 30 assists and contributed on the attack with a .500 hitting percentage.
The Wolverines will conclude their season on Wednesday with a conference road match against Lawrence Technological University.