Stellar Volleyball Season
The Cowley College volleyball team capped another stellarseason with a third place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Championships held in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nov. 16-18.
After opening with wins over Hagerstown (MD) Community College (30-16, 30-16, 31-29) and Schoolcraft (Mich.) College (30-23, 27-30, 30-27, 37-35), the Lady Tigers lost to Kishwaukee (Ill.) Community College (30-16, 30-23, 30-24) in the semifinals.
However, Cowley bounced back from the loss to defeat Vincennes (Ind.) University (30-16, 30-23, 30-24) in the third place match played Saturday.
Cowley, which finished as the national runner-up in 2005, ends the season with a record of 30-9. Kishwaukee ended up winning the national championship as they easily defeated Chandler-Gilbert in the title match.
Cowley head coach Joanna Pryor was disappointed the squad fell short of winning the national championship, but felt better in knowing her team lost to the eventual champion in Kishwaukee.
“When I watched the other two teams play I realized third place is not bad,” Pryor said. “The quality of teams at the national tournament was a lot better than last year. Kishwaukee was a phenomenal team.”
Phenomenal can also sum up the play of the seven Lady Tiger sophomores as they combined to go 64-16 over their two years at the school. They also were a part of two Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division championship teams and won two District M titles.
“The sophomores were very successful the last two years and are definitely going to be missed,” Pryor said.
The sophomores are Eliane Domingos, Marina Tosi, Kelsey Talbott, Renee Breckenridge, Ashleigh Hurt. Brooke Brownlee and Stephanie Walcher.
Domingos, the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Most Valuable Player, was named to the NJCAA Division II National Championship all-Tournament Team as was freshman Lilian Rezende.
The Lady Tigers showed a lot of resolve throughout the season as they ended up winning 15 of their final 17 matches.
“I am proud of the girls,” Pryor said. “We had a few bumps along the way, but we peaked and were a team at the end of the season.”