Lafayette volleyball sweeps Cleveland Central on Senior Night
Published 11:24 pm Monday, October 15, 2018
By Walker Bailey
The Lafayette Commodores swept Cleveland Central 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-16) on Senior Night inside the LHS gym on Monday. It was one final tune up match before the MHSAA Class II playoffs begin on Thursday when Lafayette travels to Lake Cormorant.
The Commodores lose five seniors from this team at season’s end, which is the largest senior class that head coach Clint Jordan has ever had. Jordan understands the production that the Commodores will lose.
“This group of seniors is different than any group of seniors I’ve ever had,” Jordan said. “They all play different positions and they all complement each other in a way that no other group I’ve had has. They love each other and they love playing together. Every year you lose a group and this one will be hard to replace.”
Lafayette (23-12) has had a roller coaster season, struggling to find any form of consistency. Jordan hopes that they found some positive momentum tonight as they head into playoffs.
“To have a senior night game right before playoffs you hope to create momentum heading in,” Jordan said. “Hopefully we can use that momentum moving forward, especially in the first set against Lake Cormorant.”
The Commodores had their troubles with Lake Cormorant in their previous meeting this season, getting swept 3-0 by the Gators. Lafayette is heading into the first round match with confidence, and feels like they can beat Lake Cormorant the second time around.
“We know what they do well,” Jordan said. “If we can play our game and force them into some bad situations we don’t only have a shot, but we have a good shot.”
The senior class showed out in their regular season finale on their home court. Sarah Rae Goolsby had 12 kills and two aces, Karlie Anderson had six aces, and Madison Daniels had three aces. One of the common lessons for this group is that they cherish the relationships that have been built.
“This sport has been everything to me for the past four years,” Daniels said. “It’s going to be tough adjusting to a life without it but I am just thankful for this sport bringing me some of my closest friends.”
Lafayette is only guaranteed one more game at this point, and the players understand that. While they are taking this one game at a time, they also understand what the ultimate goal is.
“I just want to go out giving my all no matter what,” Daniels said. “I want to give it our best shot, but the goal is to end the season with the biggest win we can get.”