Raiders Women’s Volleyball Makes Strong Showing at Nationals

The OCC Women’s Volleyball team placed fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II National Championship tournament this weekend. Image

This marks a stellar season for the decorated team, which collected the following accolades this season: Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference Champs, MCCAA Champions, NJCAA Region XII Champions. Spencer Stokes was named MVP at NJCAA Regional Tournament. Coach Jeffrey Stark was named MCCAA Coach of the Year. Miranda Fuerst, of Sebewaing, placed in the all-tournament team at the national championship.

“This year’s volleyball team went beyond expectations,” said Director of Athletics Laurie Huber. “We are very proud of this team and its accomplishments.”

It was Jeffrey Stark’s first-year as OCC volleyball coach. Stark coached 15 seasons at Milford High School before joining the Raiders. He follows former coach Bryan Lindstrom, who took over the program seven years ago and made it one of the best in the nation among junior college programs. The Raiders have ranked nationally the last several seasons. Last year they placed second in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

“Coach Jeff approached his new role to build and retain long term success,” Huber said. “He has picked up on department’s vision and guiding principles of excellence where student athletes leave prepared for the next level.”

Members of this year’s team are: Brittany Guldan, of West Bloomfield, Spencer Stokes, of Clio, Ellesa Smith, of Fenton, Miranda Fuerst, of Sebewaing, Mikaela Beck, of Commerce Township, Sherrell Atkins, of Mt. Morris, Rebekah Brandel, of Farmington Hills, Kaitlin Mault, of Midland, Gabrielle Kalugar, of Lake Orion, Rebecca Alexander, of Monroe, Peyton Lang, of Walled Lake and Maley Brown, of Rochester Hills. Jeffrey Stark is the team’s head coach, Meg Dyer is assistant coach and Jeff Noonan is its athletic trainer.

No. 1 Cowley County Community College won the national championship over No. 2 Parkland College, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25, 16-14. For more information on the tournament visit its website here.

Raider’s Women’s Volleyball is holding a volleyball clinic from noon to 3 p.m., Dec. 7, at the Auburn Hills campus. For information, call 248-232-4502.

Written by Margarita Bauza Wagerson. For story ideas or feedback, email mbwagers@oaklandcc.edu.

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