Johnson County volleyball team earns 10th trip to nationals


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OVERLAND PARK, KS - The Johnson County Community College volleyball team will add another chapter to its rich history by qualifying for its 10th trip to the NJCAA National Tournament. The Lady Cavaliers recently won the NJCAA District N Championship, defeating Allen County 3-1, and Highland 3-1. JCCC, 25-7 this season, finished runner-up in each of the past two national tournaments, falling the title match to Kishwaukee. The Lady Cavaliers won the title in 2005.

"We played two great, tough teams last weekend," said head coach Jennifer Ei. "They were both very emotional wins and I am very proud of the way the girls responded."

In JCCC's win over Highland, JCCC had to come from behind after dropping the first game 24-26. JCCC rebounded with three straight wins of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-23. It was JCCC's second win over the Lady Scotties in a week.

Sophomores Torey Lyman and Jordan Lockwood each recorded double-doubles in the championship match. Lyman 21 kills and 20 digs, and Lockwood posted 20 kills and 13 digs. She also hit an impressive .340. Freshmen Erin Hardy added 21 digs, Nikki Specht led with eight blocks and Ali Jacobsen and Kristen Kennedy directed the offense, registering 27 and 20 assists respectively.

"We knew Highland would be out to get us after we beat them last week on their home court," Ei said. "They came out very strong, but we then found out about our women's soccer team winning their District Championship, and that motivated our team to come out and take care of business. It is great to go back to nationals, and we have players who understand what it takes to compete at that level."

JCCC reached the championship match by downing Allen County in four games. JCCC won the first two by the scored of 25-20. After dropping the third game 18-25, the Lady Cavaliers ended the match with a 25-23 victory.

"We played the first two games well as a team, but we lost our focus in the third game," Ei said. "The fourth game was competitive, but we were able to push ahead to win the match.

Lyman and Lockwood had double-doubles in that match as well. Lyman had 16 digs and 11 kills, and Lockwood had a match high 23 kills and 10 digs, and hit nearly .400. Hardy led the team with 24 digs, Specht and Beth Bruemmer each had seven blocks, and Jacobsen and Kennedy had 21 and 18 assists respectively.


Article courtesy of the NJCAA

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