Special to The Collegian

Sept. 8, 2018 — In four matches over two days this weekend at Lakeland CC — host of the annual Shannon McBride Invitational — the Lorain County Community College volleyball team performed extremely well, winning its first three matches against Mott (MI) CC, Macomb (MI) CC and Cedarville JV, before losing in five sets to St. Clair (MI) CC.

     On Friday evening, the Lady Commodores defeated Mott CC, in four sets, 25-18, 25-14, 23-25, 28-26. LCCC then won a five-set match over Macomb CC, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17, 25-27, 15-5.

     On Saturday, LCCC earned a straight-set victory over Cedarville JV, 25-9, 25-17, 25-16 in the only three-set match of the four contests.  The team suffered its only tournament loss against St. Clair CC in five very competitive sets, 26-24, 25-20, 16-25, 24-26, 12-15.  Both teams entered the match with undefeated 3-0 records in the tournament.

     Freshman setter/hitter Kara Sullinger (North Ridgeville/North Ridgeville) completed an outstanding tournament with team-highs of 50 kills, 74 assists and was very accurate with 14 service aces in the four matches. Freshman Maddie Markovich (Sheffield Village/Christian Community) added 67 assists, forming a strong one-two punch with Sullinger, combining for 141 tournament assists.

     Sophomore defensive specialist Angela Dunn (Fairview Park/Fairview) amassed a whopping 103 digs in the tournament, an average of 25.75 digs per match (and 6+ per set).