In the grand scheme of things it sounds worse than it is.
The Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team went from 11-3 overall and 4-0 in the Northern Division to 2-12 and 2-2 in a blink of an eye. CLC was forced to forfeit its first nine wins of the season after a paperwork mishap had the Raiders playing with an ineligible player.
In a statement released by the college, the ineligible player was discovered after a routine audit by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
“During the audit an administrative process gap was discovered with one eligibility document, which we immediately rectified,” Mary Sam, dean of students and equity and inclusion Title IX office at CLC said. “Unfortunately, the result is a necessary forfeiture of some volleyball games and the college is prepared to act in accordance with NJCAA recommendations, including possible forfeitures in football.”
Raiders head volleyball coach Jane Peterson refused to comment on the situation, but said with 14 total division games, and 10 still to play, she doesn’t foresee the two division forfeits being a big issue.
CLC’s roster hasn’t changed since the beginning of the season and Peterson said the team’s goal of advancing to nationals and playing for a title hasn't changed either.
“We deeply regret this process gap and its impact on our student athletes and our coaches,” Sams said. “We are committed to process improvement and ensuring that we are meeting all current and future requirements by NJCAA. In addition, we are confident that the issue has been fully remedied.”
The Raiders forfeited division game against Itasca and Northland. It defeated Vermillion and Fond du Lac last weekend to sit at 2-2 heading into the Friday, Sept. 20, contest with Hibbing and Saturday’s match against Mesabi.
Since 2013, CLC is 78-2 in division games.
As of 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, the Raider football team was still 2-2. It’s still uncertain if the football team will have to forfeit those two wins. The college doesn’t know when a determination will be made.