The battle-like cries coming from both sides of the net this weekend were not those of gladiators, but of the energized and pumped Commodore Volleyball team. Continuing their success from last season, the home team swept each of the three teams that attempted to get in their way.
The team, led by Head Coach Ted Whitsel and assistant coach Kelly Whitsel, faced Edison Community College, Sinclair Community College and Cincinnati Community College over the weekend. They showed the crowd, and their competitors why they made a record breaking season last fall (23-11), with stellar performance by the team members.
“Our defensive specialists were reading the hitters well and they were always on their toes,” said Gabby Woods, an outside hitter and right side hitter for the team. “With them passing, we were able to set up a strong offense.”
And what an offense it is. When the Commodores faced Edison CC, they owned the score board with a score of 25-14 in the first set, 26-24 in the second, 25-23 during the third, 27-25 in the fourth set and 15-7 in the final.
While facing Sinclair CC on September 6, they took the first set with a score of 25-16, 25-11 in the second and 25-21 in the third.
Their final game over the weekend, against Cincinnati State CC resulted in 25-20 during the first set, 25-10 in the second and 25-21 in the third set.
This has boosted the team’s 2014 record to 5-1, which is an improvement from where the team was last year at this time with a record of 5-6.
The skills of outside hitter Danya Corlew, whose spikes hit the floor like a cruise missile, along with the fearless acrobatics of defensive specialists Page Elias and Rachael Bolmyer helped the rest of the team with a ferocity while looking as cool as cucumbers, while facing teams that could be compared to the Team Iceland from The Mighty Ducks 2 when it came to their intensity at the end of the game.
Head coach Ted Whitsel, who is starting his first season with LCCC, shared his feelings after the game. “I thought they really fought hard, and continued their intensity the whole three sets, which is what gave us the ability to push it through today to win the match.”
Whitsel also has his eyes set on improving the ending of the season by having the team represent LCCC at the National Championship. “I want to be part of this continued growth and success,” Whitsel added
Other teammates that earned honorable mentions were middle hitter Brenna Villwock, who was always ready for anything to come her way, middle blocker Kara Szabo, who was named player of the week for August 17-23, 2014 and outside hitter Emily Mandoke for doing a great job at assisting their fellow teammates during the matches.
The team’s next match will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Cuyahoga County Community College in the Ewing Center’s Main Gym.
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