Volleyball results roundup: Sept. 16-23, 2014

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The Kellogg Community College women’s volleyball team has hit a rough patch entering the middle of the season, falling in the last three matches to conference opponents. Below are scores and statistics from each match.

Vs. Muskegon Community College
Away match on Tuesday, Sept. 16

The Bruins fell to MCC in four sets, winning the first 25-18 but coming up short in the following sets with scores of 20-25, 20-25 and 11-25, respectively.

On offense for KCC, freshman Grace Crawford (Marshall/Marshall High School) had 14 kills and five aces, freshman Hannah Day (Pennfield/Pennfield High School) had four kills, sophomore Tristen Ehredt (Battle Creek/Pennfield High School) had 14 kills and one ace, and sophomore Victoria Rybinski (Brutus/Pellston High School) had 29 assists and one kill.

Defensively, Crawford had one solo block, Day had one assisted block, Ehredt had six digs, sophomore Carmen O’Dell (Marshall/Mashall High School) had 17 digs, and Rybinski had seven digs.

“We came out strong,” said Amy Julien, the Bruins’ head coach. “It was the little runs that we couldn’t come back from. But all in all we are making great progress.”

Vs. Jackson College
Home match on Thursday, Sept. 18

The Bruins lost at home for the first time this season to Jackson, falling in three sets with scores of 19-25, 20-25 and 22-25, respectively.

On offense for the Bruins, sophomore Rebecca Browning (Rockwood/Oscar A. Carlson High School) had one kill, Crawford had nine kills, Day had one kill, Ehredt had 15 kills and one ace, O’Dell had one ace, and Rybinski had 23 assists.

Defensively, Browning had one dig, one solo block and one assisted block; Crawford had eight digs; Day had one assisted block; Ehredt had eight digs; O’Dell had 12 digs; and Rybinski had three digs.

“It just needs to get tighter,” Coach Julien said. “The little runs that are against us we are still struggling to fight back from. It’s a learning point.”

Vs. Grand Rapids Community College
Away match on Tuesday, Sept. 23

The Bruins fell to GRCC in three sets, with scores of 13-25, 23-25 and 18-25, respectively.

On offense for the Bruins, Crawford had seven kills and one ace, Ehredt had 14 kills, and Rybinski had 22 assists.

Defensively, Crawford had nine digs, Ehredt had seven digs, and Rybinski had six digs.

“We gave them some fits,” Coach Julien said. “GRCC is No. 2 in the nation for a reason. I’m just glad the Bruins didn’t walk in the gym defeated. They played with them and I’m proud!”

The recent losses bring the Bruins’ conference record to 2-4 and their overall record to 4-7 for the season so far. The team plays next beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight against conference opponent Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind.

The Bruins’ next home match — which will serve as the team’s annual Autism Awareness match — isn’t until next month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, against conference opponent Lansing Community College at the Miller Gym. The team fell to LCC in three sets in an away match earlier this season.

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For more information about the volleyball program at KCC, contact head volleyball coach Amy Julien at 269-965-3931 ext. 2535 or volleyballcoach@kellogg.edu or visit www.kellogg.edu/athletics/volleyball.