In the last home game of the season, and on Sophomore Night, the Lorain County Community College women’s volleyball team were unable to sweeten the special night as they suffer a loss to Edison State Community College in a sweeping fashion (6-25, 10-25, 21-25).
This loss makes their record 12-18 (4-12). The Commodores have lost six of the last seven games and have been outscored 18-6 in the sets that they played.
Sophomores Mary Williams, Kelli Warren, McKenzie Zauner and Peyton Killick were honored before the game, because it was their last home game they will play in a Commodore uniform. Though it was their last game, some of the players played different positions to celebrate Sophomore Might.
LCCC failed to score double-digit points in the first set. Edison State went on a 2-11 run from the first serve. Late in the set, they went on a 10-1 run to finish off the Commodores.
“I think they have a very strong offense and defense they blocked us very well and we just have to be sure to cover,” Zauner (three assists, 15 digs) said.
The Commodores scored 10 points in the second set. Warren (six kills, 10 errors, -.154 kill percentage) struggled to hit the ball late effectively in the latter part of the set. She hit the net three times to help dig the Commodores in a 2-0 hole.
“That’s not Kelli (Warren),” head coach Ted Witsel said after the game. “Normally she is more of a heads up player than that and she is more frustrated with them blocking and took herself out a little bit. We called a timeout and discussed it.”
The Commodores showed improvement in the third set. They were able to set up their hitters like Warren and Williams and their middle hitter Alana Carrion to throw down quality shots and put Edison State into bad spots.
The Commodores tried to make a comeback when the score was 17-24 in a first to 25 points and win by two. LCCC scored four straight points before Edison State finished LCCC off 21-25.
“We had already played them once and they’re super large in the middle,” Witsel said. “And I knew we really didn’t have an answer for their middle attack.” He later said Edison State was a tough blocking team. That combined with their abilities to have quality hits made the Commodores take shots that they were not accustomed to having.
The last time LCCC faced Edison State was at their place and the Commodores were swept in three sets. In this season, the Commodores failed to win a set against this team.
The Commodores made it to the playoffs and their matchup was against Columbus State, the ninth ranked team in Division III volleyball. They lost (16-25, 20-25, 19-25) and finished the season 12-19.