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    • SC4 volleyball squad loaded with height and youth

      Skippers open 2014 season this weekend at Owens Invitational

      Following three preseason scrimmages, the St. Clair County Community College women's volleyball team is ready for the 2014 season to get under way.

      "We have a chance to be very good this season," said Alex Shell, a Skipper tri-captain. "There is a lot of potential on this team. We have a lot of height and athletic players.

      "It's just a matter if we can handle the mental side of the game. The freshmen are finding out the college game moves a lot faster than what they were used to in high school."

      The Skippers are coming off a successful 2013 season. They finished second to Oakland CC (10-0) in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference race with a 7-3 record. They were 30-13 overall.

      Coach Chuck Weisner's squad traveled to Owens CC (Ohio) for a pair of scrimmages. The Skippers, who also scrimmaged Lawrence Tech in Livonia, open the season with six matches in three days at the Owens Invitational.

      SC4 collides with No. 17-ranked Iowa Central CC noon Friday and plays Catawba Valley CC 1:30 p.m.. The Skippers are scheduled to take on Kankakee CC and Cuyahoga CC Saturday along with Genesee CC and Edison CC Sunday.

      "The girls and coaches are excited to get the season started," Weisner said. "The good thing about going to Owens all the time is they have great teams there. Most likely the eventual national champion will be playing there this weekend.

      "We have two very good opponents right away on Friday. Iowa Central is always good. We will have to play very well and be at our best to beat them."

      It's a very young squad this fall as Weisner welcomed back four sophomores - Shell, Jalissa Zuege, Jaime Tuffin and Taylor Hornbacher. Shell is a Port Huron Northern graduate, while Zuege and Tuffin are Port Huron grads. Hornbacher, a Marysville grad, was voted the National Junior College Athletic Association Regional Player of the Year last season. Hornbacher has been slowed in the early going by a rib injury.

      "An area of concern right now for all of us is our passing," Weisner said. "That will be the key to our season because we have some size and good hitters.

      "We also have three setters at this point. We will probably play two during matches. They are like a quarterback on a football team. We need them to deliver the ball to the right spots and right people. We are just a bit inconsistent at that position right now."

      Battling for the setting position are freshmen Amanda Falkenhagen, Sarah Phillips and Kaitlyn Gilchrist. Weisner said both Phillips and Gilchrist will play elsewhere on the court even if they are not setting because of their hitting ability.

      Gilchrist is sharing the captain duties along with freshman Bri Alspaugh and Shell. Alspaugh and Shell are the Skippers' middle hitters, while 6-foot-2 Kendall Stoll, an Anchor Bay graduate, and Hornbacher are outside hitters.

      "We have some good options this season because we do have a lot of depth," Shell said. "We have come a long ways since the start of our two-a-day practices.

      "The best thing with this team is everybody gets along so well. We are all pulling for each other during a drill or conditioning."

      Rounding out the 16-player squard are freshmen Liz Glombowski of Yale, Hannah Gordon, Jenna Haddon, Autumn Hagelstein, Jordan Johnson of St. Clair, Heather Nichols and Tori Wangelin of Deckerville.

      Assisting Weisner is Kristy Morrow, Ray Cornwell Jr. and Paul Levandowski. Morrow is a first-year assistant and has a younger sister - Kaitlyn Gilchrist - on the team.

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    • Bold print indicates home games, which are played in the SC4 gym on the Port Huron campus.

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      Friday, Aug. 29

      Owens Community College (Invitational)

      Skippers vs. Iowa Central Community College

      Skippers vs. Catawba Valley Community College


      3:30 p.m.

      Saturday, Aug. 30

      Owens Community College (Invitational)

      Skippers vs. Kankakee Community College

      Skippers vs. Cuyahoga Community College

      10 a.m.

      1:30 p.m.

      Sunday, Aug. 31

      Owens Community College (Invitational)

      Skippers vs. Genesee Community College

      Skippers vs. Edison Community College

      11:45 a.m.

      3:15 p.m.

      Saturday, Sept. 6Owens Community College (Tri-Match)TBA
      Friday, Sept. 12Lakeland Invitational TBA
      Saturday, Sept. 13Lakeland InvitationalTBA
      Tuesday, Sept. 16Schoolcraft College
      7 p.m.
      Thursday, Sept. 18Mott Community College7 p.m.
      Tuesday, Sept. 23Macomb Community College 7 p.m.
      Thursday, Sept. 25Oakland Community College7 p.m.
      Saturday, Sept. 27Grand Rapids Raider ChallengeTBA
      Sunday, Sept. 28Grand Rapids Raider ChallengeTBA
      Tuesday, Sept. 30Schoolcraft College7 p.m.
      Tuesday, Oct. 7Mott Community College7 p.m.
      Thursday, Oct. 9
      vs. Macomb Community College
      7 p.m.
      Saturday, Oct. 11
      vs. Alpena Community College
      11 a.m.
      Tuesday, Oct. 14Oakland Community College7 p.m.
      Friday, Oct. 17Rock Valley TournamentTBA
      Saturday, Oct. 18Rock Valley TournamentTBA
      Friday, Oct. 25MCCAA State TournamentTBA
      Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 NJCAA District TournamentTBA
      Nov. 21 to 23NJCAA National Tournament TBA
    • Meet the team

       1Alex ShellMH5'11"SOFort Gratiot/Port Huron Northern High School
       3Heather Nichols S5'5"FRBoyne City/Boyne City High School
       4Kendall Stoll OH6'3"FRChesterfield/Anchor Bay High School
      7Amanda Falkenhagen S5'6"FRChesterfield/L'Anse Creuse High School
      8Jenna Haddon OH5'10"FRSt. Clair/St. Clair High School
      9Jalissa Zuege DS5'4"SOPort Huron/Port Huron High School
       10Jaime TuffinOH 5'9"SOPort Huron/Port Huron High School
       11Taylor HornbacherOH5'9" SOMarysville/Marysville High School
      12Hanna Gordon DS5'8"FRLapeer/North Branch High School
       14Elizabeth GlombowskiDS5'4"FRAvoca/Yale High School
      15Sarah PhillipsOH/S5'9"FR Metamora/Lapeer East  High School
       16Autumn HagelsteinOH6'FRBeula/Benzie Central High School

      17Briann Alspaugh MH6'FRSt. Louis/St. Louis High School
       18Victoria Wangelin MH/OH6' FRPalms/Deckerville High School
       19Jordan Johnson MH5'10"FRSt. Clair/St. Clair High School
       20Kaitlyn Gilchrist OH/S5'8" FRMacomb/Lutheran High School
       HEAD COACH: Chuck Weisner
      ASSISTANT COACHES: Ray Cornwell, Jr., Paul Levandowski, Kristina Morrow

      STATISTICIAN: Judy Weisner
      VIDEOGRAPHER: Harold Tramski

      COLLEGE PRESIDENT: Dr. Kevin A. Pollock
      ATHLETIC TRAINERS: John Brady and Kim Hartman
    • Learn about playing
    • If you are interested in playing volleyball at SC4, contact Coach Chuck Weisner at (810) 989-5672 by Aug. 1 or fill out this online form.