Taking to the court: a recap of volleyball in August and September


Women’s volleyball team making duck hand symbols. Photo via Lake Land College.​​

Molly Smith, Reporter

After the end of Sept., the Lake Land College (LLC) Volleyball team has become a powerhouse and someone to look out for. After sweeping the Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC) tournament 4-0 on the weekend of Sept. 17, they now have a fire lit under them to continue this great play.


On Monday, Sept. 19, the girls swept Rend Lake College in three sets to move to 12-4 on the season with a ten-game winning streak. Things are looking up for the Lakers. Looking into their games, you will notice that the games rarely go to a fourth set, with the Lakers sweeping their competition. The Lakers are 5-0 at home, which is always a joyous time playing with a home crowd, including friends and family cheering you on. You will see that the Laker student section has a healthy fan service. These fans also include the other athletic teams from LLC, getting loud and showing Laker love.


Also, being 5-0 in the conference causes heavy confidence but can also put a giant target on your back.  So far, our Lady Lakers have shown resilience and determination to keep their spot at number one and leave all their sweat on the floor. 


The only shaky performances seen so far were from their opening weekend tournament in Rockford, IL, where the Lakers were 1-3. However, the rocky start didn’t get our ladies down as they came back with a win, and are now fierce. The only other loss so far was to Vincennes University on the 27 of Aug., with that game going 3-1. 


Looking forward, the Lakers will play those in the conference for another round. Another round will give those who played a less than stellar performance against our Lakers a chance to redeem themselves. With how our team is playing, it is unlikely they will lose.


A chance to see this fierce team play close to home will be in a tournament hosted at Parkland College. In this tournament, LLC will play the Cobras, who were National Champions last year. With how the season looks, the Lakers may be staring in the face of future competition at the National level.


A look into the rest of the season’s schedule:


Tournament at Parkland College in Champaign, IL, on October 1:

Vs. Kankakee Community College at 3:00 p.m.

Vs. Parkland College at 5:00 p.m.

Monday October 3:

At Kaskaskia College at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5: Black Out

Vs. Southeastern Illinois College at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 7: White Out

Vs. Illinois Central College at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 8:

At John A. Logan College at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, October 10:

At Rend Lake College at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12: Faculty Appreciation Night 

Vs. Southwestern Illinois College at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, October 17: Double Header

Vs. Shawnee Community College at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19: Sophomore Night

Vs. John A. Logan College at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, October 24:

At Mineral Area College at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 28:

Start of NJCAA D1 Region 24 Tournament

At Vincennes, IN times TBA

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