JCCC volleyball team third at tourney

The Johnson County Community College volleyball team came away with a third place finish at the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament last weekend in Toledo, Ohio. It marks the fifth time since 2005 JCCC has finished among the top three nationally. JCCC won a national championship in 2005.

Johnson County began the tournament with a 3-0 win over Hagerstown, Community College and followed with a 3-1 win over Des Moines Area Community College later on opening day. In the semifinal round Nov. 22, the Lady Cavaliers fell in four sets to No. 2 seed Parkland College, but rebounded for a 3-1 win over Oakland Community College in the third place match on Nov. 23.

That victory improved JCCC to 31-6 overall, and gave head coach Jennifer Ei her 200th career victory as JCCC’s head coach.

“I felt like the team played really well against Hagerstown,” Ei said. “Then we had to play against Des Moines Area who is a good team and pushed us. In the end, we played together to reach our goal of making it to the final four. We played hard against Parkland in the semis, but we made a few too many unforced errors to get the job done. I am very proud of this team and how resilient they have been all season. It is very tough to compete the next day for third place once you have lost the opportunity to play in the national championship, but they played with pride to capture the third place in the nation.”

Sophomore hitter Preecy Seever was named to the all-tournament team after an impressive performance in all four matches. She recorded 64 kills in the tournament, and hit over .500 in three of the four matches, including kill percentage of .667 in opening match against Hagerstown.


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