By Brandon Harris

The LCCC Commodores volleyball team and Head Coach Marc Pogachar raised more than $400 in a volleyball tournament to benefit area coach Jim Muth and his family. The tournament against three other teams from the area not only allowed the women to help someone in their community, but also secured them a spot at regionals.

Pogachar encourages his team to participate in a local service project every year.

LCCC’s Shannon Digney prepares to spike the ball in the match against John Carroll University’s club team. The LCCC Commodores won the match, and raised more than $400 to benefit area volleyball coach Jim Muth, who was injured in a car accident in 2011. Joshua Hudgens / The Collegian

“There are a lot of great national causes we could play for, but I feel it is important for the team to give back to our local community,” said Pogachar. That’s why when members of the volleyball team suggested a benefit for Muth, Pogachar was eager to find a way to help out.

Muth was the head varsity coach for volleyball at Firelands High School for many years, and has coached other area teams. He was involved in a car accident on Nov. 22 last year while on his way to pick up his children from school. He suffered massive head injuries that required brain surgery and he is still hospitalized.

Muth has a big influence on many of his former players.  Second year player for the Commodores Jasmine Baxter was especially impacted by his coaching and felt moved to find a way to help Muth.

“He got me started playing volleyball in the fifth grade,” said Baxter.  “He was a really good coach and I felt I needed to help him out in his unfortunate situation.”

The benefit for Muth and his family kicked off on Saturday, Oct. 6 to a packed competition gym in the Ewing Center as the Commodores faced off against the Ashland University club team, Cleveland State’s club team, and John Carroll University’s club team in a quad game.

In match one, LCCC came out on top beating JCU 25-16 in the first set and 25-18 in the second set.  They had a total of 16 kills, 5 aces, and 5 blocks in the match.

LCCC won both sets handily over Ashland winning the first set 25-15 and the second set 25-12.  Over the match the Commodores accumulated 26 kills, 7 aces, and 2 blocks.

In the final match, LCCC would face a challenge in the second set against CSU but they were still able to win the match 2-0.  The Commodores won the first set 25-17 and managed a narrower victory in the second set winning 26-24. LCCC finished with 31 kills, 1 ace, and 2 blocks.

Throughout the morning, fans and competitors bought raffle tickets for prizes that were raffled off in between the second and third matches.  All proceeds from the raffle went to Muth and his family.

With those victories, the Commodores clinched a spot in regionals with a record of 18-10.  Pogachar was very proud of his players’ performances and said there are still goals the team wants to meet and more work to be done to prepare for regionals.

The volleyball team was pleased with their yearly benefit and the Commodores look to close out the season strong.