GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids Community College team whose return home has been hampered by Hurricane Lane will soon be back in West Michigan.

GRCC’s volleyball team has safely departed Hilo, Hawaii without delay and has touched down in Los Angeles, the first stop on their long journey home. The staff and students are expected to arrive in Grand Rapids late this evening.according to GRCC Communications Director Dave Murray.   

Campus leaders will continue to monitor the team’s travel throughout the day.

The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team was originally scheduled to board an 8 p.m. Thursday flight to Michigan. But after consulting with local authorities, school officials decided it would be safest for the players to wait out the storm on the Big Island.

The school schedules a trip to play competitive teams outside the Midwest every year, but the trip to Hawaii is a special occurrence. The team saved several years’ worth of fundraising money to cover the costs.

Athletic Director Bill Firn has been in constant contact with coach Chip Will, who said the team is in good spirits and ready to be home.