Suffering its first loss in more than a year, the Cowley College volleyball team had it’s incredible win-streak of 60 straight matches come to an end with a 20-25, 23-25,24-26 loss to Grand Rapids (MI) in the NJCAA Division II National Championship title match played in Toledo, OH.
With the loss, the Lady Tigers finish as the national runner-up for the third time in the past eight years. One year after capturing the program’s first-ever national title, Cowley nearly made it back-to-back championships before finishing the season with a record of 38-1.
Sophomores Martyna Gluchowicz and Sabetha Young were named to the All-Tournament Team at nationals. Gluchowicz led the Lady Tigers in kills in both years at the school and finishes her career as one of the top players to ever come through the program.
Young, who came off the bench as a freshman, took her play to another level as a sophomore.
Along with Gluchowicz and Young, Cowley will say goodbye to sophomores Cathy Hafenstine, Bridget Paulk, Georgina Perez, and Toi Collins. The sophomores won a national title and added a national runner-up finish, while going 76-3 during their two years at Cowley.
By winning 38 of its 39 matches Cowley set a school-record for the highest single-season winning percentage in school history.
Earlier in the season. the Lady Tigers captured their fifth straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title and went unbeaten in the conference for the second consecutive year.
The Tiger soccer team continued its climb up the conference standings as they placed second in the Jayhawk Conference and advanced to the Region VI semifinals before having their season come to an end with a record of 12-3 overall and 9-1 in the conference.
Sophomore Ruy Vaz was named the Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year as he scored 11 goals and added six assists in 12 games. Vaz finished his Cowley career with 30 goals and nine assists in 29 games played.
Cowley ended up landing seven players on the all-conference list, including a pair of freshmen in Anthony Buchanan (10 goals) and Kody Adair (four goals and one assist).
Recording the highest winning percentage in the history of the program, the Cowley College women’s soccer team finished the 2012 season with a record of 10-5-1. The Lady Tigers were 9-3-1 in the Jayhawk Conference, placing fifth out of 14 teams.
Cowley advanced to the Region VI playoffs before having its season come to an end.
Sophomore forward Ludmila Duarte-Elias and Callie Jones were each named Second-Team all-conference selections. Duarte-Elias led Cowley with 13 goals, while Jones tied for second on the team with four assists and provided the team with stellar defense.
Sophomore midfielder Rosana Macias and freshman goalkeeper Caitlyn Cosme were recognized as honorable mention all-conference selections.
Men’s Cross Country
After placing third in the conference and fifth in the region, the Cowley College men’s cross country team finished the year by placing 23rd at the NJCAA Division I National Championships in Ina, Ill. Freshman Darragh Rennicks, who was the individual conference champion and region runner-up, placed sixth at the national meet and earned All- American honors.
All eight members of this year’s Tiger cross country team were freshmen, so the team will feature an experienced squad heading into the 2013 season.
Women’s Cross Country
Competing in the largest NJCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship meet ever, the Lady Tiger cross country team placed 17th out of 40 teams.
Prior to the national meet, the Lady Tigers placed fourth in the conference and fifth in the region. Sophomore Valerie Nielson had a solid season and earned all-conference and all-region honors.
Cowley will say goodbye to four sophomores, but will return freshmen Karly Hartley and Vanessa Rodrigues, who gained valuable experience competing at nationals.
The Cowley College men’s basketball team played a challenging non-conference schedule in the first semester and compiled a record of 5-7. Four of Cowley’s seven losses have been by five points or less. The Tigers hope the experience of playing tough competition will help them when they begin conference play in January.
Sophomore James Milliken is leading the Tigers in scoring with an average of 16.8 points per game. Sophomore transfer Dominique McKoy has been equally impressive as he is averaging 13.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
With seven players averaging between six and 12 points per game, the Cowley College women’s basketball team has demonstrated tremendous balance in achieving a record of 10-2 during the first semester of play.
In 12 non-conference contests, the Lady Tigers out-scored their opponents by an average of 24 points per game.
Cowley is led in scoring by freshman Emilie Gronas, who is averaging 12 points per game. Sophomore forward Montia Johnson has been a force inside by averaging 11.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.