GAME NOTES: LEAGUE PLAY, DEFENDING CHAMPS AHEAD THIS WEEK

GAME NOTES: LEAGUE PLAY, DEFENDING CHAMPS AHEAD THIS WEEK

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WEEK TWO NOTES (PDF)

Wednesday, August 31
Macomb (1-1, 0-0 MCCAA East) at Mott (4-3, 0-0 MCCAA East)
Away | Ballenger Fieldhouse - Flint, MI
 
Friday, September 2
Macomb (1-1, 0-0 MCCAA East) vs. Edison State (1-4, 1-1 OCCAC)
Neutral | Owens CC Invite - Perrysburg, OH
No Live Stream
 
Friday, September 2
Macomb (1-1, 0-0 MCCAA East) vs. Cuyahoga (1-0, 1-0 OCCAC)
Neutral | Owens CC Invite - Perrysburg, OH
No Live Stream
 
Saturday, September 3
Macomb (1-1, 0-0 MCCAA East) vs. #3 Parkland (9-1, 0-0 MWAC)
Neutral | Owens CC Invite - Perrysburg, OH
No Live Stream
 
Saturday, September 3
Macomb (1-1, 0-0 MCCAA East) at #6 Owens (3-3, 0-0 OCCAC)
Away | Owens CC Invite - Perrysburg, OH
No Live Stream
 
MONARCH REWIND
The 2022 season got underway last week when Macomb hosted its season-opening tri-match featuring the visiting No. 6 Terra State Titans and MCCAA Western Conference representative, Lake Michigan. The Monarchs opened the season with a thrilling upset win over then No. 6 Terra State, but couldn't maintain the momentum as they fell in the tri-match finale to Lake Michigan.
 
STRONG DEBUTS
While there were bright spots up and down the roster, a pair of freshmen burst onto the scene in convincing fashion at the home tri-match. Haile Polisano put on a balanced display of volleyball with 26 kills and 21 digs over the course of her first two collegiate matches, while Becca Weiss amassed a team-best 25 assists to accompany 17 digs through two matches in her debut.
 
INSIDE THE WIN OVER TERRA STATE
Well, they made it interesting! The season-opening match against Terra State started smoothly as the Monarchs jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The match turned rocky from there as Terra won the next two frames to force a deciding set. In the fifth, the Monarchs were dominant on their way to an impressive 15-3 decision to earn the upset victory. 
 
BLOCK PARTY!
Blocks were aplenty at Thursday's tri-match as newcomers Chante Hudgins and Jordan Turner, combined with returning First Team performer, Natalie Husson, were at the net stuffing the oppositions attack to help lead the Monarchs to a 1-1 record on the day.
 
CONFERENCE PLAY IS HERE!
On Wednesday, fourth-year head coach Lauren "Doogie" Duquette and the Monarchs will open the lid on MCCAA Eastern Conference play with a road match at Mott. Mott comes into the league opener with a 4-3 record and was receiving votes in the NJCAA D2 poll when the season started. Last season, Mott and Macomb split their two matches with each team winning at home.
 
A PAIR OF NATIONAL CHAMPS
More ranked opponents ahead! After taking on Mott Wednesday, the Monarchs will turn their attention toward this weekend's Owens CC Invite. The invite will be capped off Saturday with matches against a pair of defending national champions. #3 Parkland, the NJCAA D2 National Champions, will be first up on Saturday with NJCAA D3 National Champs, #6 Owens, to follow.
 
THIS WEEK'S COVERAGE
We will travel to Flint Wednesday evening to cover the Monarchs MCCAA Eastern Conference opener against the defending league champion Mott Community College Bears. We will not be with the team Friday for their first two matches in Ohio, but will return to capture highlights and cover Saturday's matches against a pair of national powers.
 
LIVE STREAM EVERY HOME MATCH
Macomb Athletics will once again provide a free live stream for every home match on MacombMonarchs.com/Watch! The next home live stream will Sept. 14 when the Monarchs host Schoolcraft at 7 PM.  We will be live once again on Sept. 19 and Sept. 21 for more home matches.