Volleyball Comes Up Short in Season Finale

By JACK VANASSCHE, Staff Writer

The University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team concluded their 2016 season on Wednesday night with a 3-0 loss to Lawrence Technological University (25-20, 25-18, 25-23).

Again, the Wolverines (9-20, 2-14 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) found themselves hanging right along with a Lawrence Tech (18-17, 8-8 WHAC) team much higher up in the standings.

Even to the bitter end, the Wolverines mercilessly clawed back in the third set in hopes to force a fourth. Eventually, the Blue Devils would stave off the attempted comeback and win by the minimum two points.

“We played hard but lost our focus at the wrong times,” said head coach Eric Stark.

Sophomore Shayla Smalls again led the Wolverines in kills with six on the night. She finished the 2016 campaign with a team-leading 189 total kills.

Stark said he wished for a better outcome for his seniors’ last match.

“It would have been nice to send our seniors out with a win as they have been a huge part in molding this program and its future.”

Senior Colby DeMare capped off an exceptional five-year career with UM-Dearborn with four kills and four digs on the night. She finished second on the team this season with 182 kills, and ends her career with 748 kills total.

Senior Raechel Warchock also had a big finale, as she put up 19 digs on the night, including 13 in the third set alone. She finished with the most digs on the team this season with 267.

Over her 269 career sets played, Warchock finished with 582 digs.

The Wolverines end the year at 9-20 overall and 2-14 within the WHAC where they finished fifth out of six teams in the WHAC East.