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.
Owens Community College (Invitational)Skippers vs. Iowa Central Community College
Skippers vs. Catawba
Valley Community College
Community College (Invitational)
Skippers vs. Kankakee Community
Skippers vs. Cuyahoga Community College
Owens Community College
Skippers vs. Genesee Community College
Edison Community College
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