Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team suffered a rare defeat Saturday when it lost the title match of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association state tournament to Oakland Community College, 3-2.

Both teams are national powerhouses in Division 2 community college volleyball. Oakland Community College came into the match ranked fourth in the nation while MCC was fifth.

The Jayhawks, now 33-5 on the season, won the first set 25-23 and the third set 25-22, but dropped the second 17-25, fourth 22-25 and fifth 7-25.

The Jayhawks defeated St. Clair Community College 3-0 in the semifinals.

Leaders for the two matches for MCC were Beka German (17 Kills, 15 digs, 6 blocks), Elyse Ray (23 kills, 5 aces, 5 digs, 11 blocks),  Meghan Birr  (92 assists, 16 digs, 7 blocks), Amber Carmean (31 digs), Brandie Jones (35 kills, 17 digs, 7 blocks), Autumn Winger (7 kills, 3 blocks) and Brooke Morgan (11 digs, 5 aces).

The Jayhawks will return to action next Friday at 4 p.m. against Ancilla College in the opening round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 12 District F playoffs. MCC will have to win the regional tournament, which will be played at Grand Rapids Community College, to advance to the national championship tournament.