|2014 Volleyball Team News|
LCCC Commodores Volleyball Team Finishes Second in NJCAA Finals - 11/15/14
By Steve Sefchik
The Lorain County Community College Commodore Volleyball team finished second to top seed Madison College (Wis.) in the Division III National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship tournament, Saturday, Nov. 15 in Rochester, Minn.
This was the second consecutive national championship in Division III Volleyball for the Madison College Wolfpack. They defeated sixth seed LCCC in five sets, 3-2 (25-20, 27-29, 25-16, 19-25, 16-14). With its 2014 national title, Madison is now the sixth college to capture the volleyball national championship in the NJCAA Division III ranks in back-to-back seasons since the division was created in 1996.
“What a ride this team had. They battled the top three seeds in the tournament and left it all on the court while pushing the number one seed to overtime,” LCCC Volleyball Coach Ted Whitsel said. “No other team in NJCAA history has accomplished this but it still hurts being that close. They have set the bar mighty high for all future teams to follow and have placed LCCC on the national radar with this great season.”
LCCC Athletic Director Katie Marquard was equally impressed by the Commodores finish. “We are extremely proud of our volleyball team,” Marquard said. “They not only finished higher than any other volleyball team in LCCC history by finishing second in the nation, they also represented LCCC with grace under pressure. They are a group of wonderful people.”
LCCC’s run to the national championship match was one that had never been accomplished in tournament history. The Commodores knocked off third-seeded Central Lakes (Minn.) 3-2 and then took down second-seeded Rochester (Minn.) in four sets. They are the first sixth seed to ever advance to the championship match.
A deciding fifth set was needed to finally settle the championship when Madison broke a 14-14 tie in its favor. The following match point saw an aggressive LCCC attack fall out of bounds to give Madison a 16-14 win and their second consecutive national championship.
LCCC finished its regular season with a 24-11 overall record and 10-4 in conference. LCCC had three players on the All-Tournament team; Gabby Woods (sophomore opposite hitter from Sheffield Lake), Danya Corlew (freshman outside hitter from Elyria), and Kara Szabo (sophomore middle hitter from Elyria).
Box Score vs. Central Lakes College
Box Score vs. Rochester Community and Technical College
Box Score vs. Madison College
The LCCC Commodores Volleyball Team Heading to Nationals!
Capture Regional Title - 11/1-2/14
By Haley Anderson
The Lorain County Community College Commodores Volleyball team is heading to the NJCAA National Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota on November 14 and 15 after finishing its regular season with a 24-11 record.
“All of our competition was against DII teams and eight of the 11 losses were against top 20 nationally-ranked DII teams,” said LCCC Volleyball Coach Ted Whitsel. “The squad has seasoned players and focused on the goal of making it to Nationals.”
The semi-final match on Saturday, Nov. 1 was against Howard Community College. LCCC won 3-0 (25-15, 25-2, & 25-12). With the hitting, serving, and digs, LCCC had too many ways to score for Howard to try to answer a team focused on a single goal. Danya Corlew led in kills with 12 of the team’s 40 kills and the team had a kill efficiency of 41percent, Whitsel noted.
Kady Whitsel set the offense with 25 assists and 6 aces from behind the service line when the Commodores went on a 20-0 run in the second set which saw Kara Szabo control the net and Paige Elias dig up whatever Howard had to offer with 16 digs for the match.
On Sunday, the finals featured a repeat of last year’s finals – Montgomery Community College verses the Commodores. After a few early hitting errors, LCCC controlled the match and won 3-0 (25-16, 25-8, & 25-13). “Again, Montgomery couldn’t counter the offensive options, the tough serving, and the endless defense that came to play at Butler County Community College with one goal in mind and that was to head to Rochester, Minnesota to represent their college at nationals,” Whitsel said.
Danya Corlew led the team with 14 of the team’s 46 kills. Paige Elias had 6 service of the team’s 11 aces and 17 serve receptions. Emily Mandoke controlled the net with 3 block kills while Kady Whitsel dug up Montgomery’s offense with 18 digs and dished out 26 assists. Next stop, Rochester MN on November 14-15th.
“The Commodores take a spread offense that has three attackers in the front row that at any time can put away the ball and a never say die defense that keeps the ball alive. The Commodores love to play this game and they will compete for LCCC, Region 12, each other, and themselves at Nationals just fine,” Whitsel said.
Box Score vs Howard CC
Box Score vs Montgomery CC
LCCC Ends Regular Season with Two Wins at Cincinnati State CC - 10/25/14
The Commodores Volleyball team defeated Cincinnati State for the second time this year in conference play, to avenge a non-conference lost at the Pink Out Tournament, and added a win over Midway College to end their regular season. LCCC win over Cincinnati State was in straight sets by the scores of 25-18, 25-16, 26-24. Paige Elias had 28 digs while Serena Rodriguez added 18 digs for the team. Gabby Woods and Kady Whitsesl had 13 kills each and Danya Corlew added 11 kills. Whitsel led in assists with 26.
In the second game of the day, LCCC defeated Midway College in three by scores of 25-14, 25-16, 25-18. Rachael Bolmeyer led in digs with 16 and passed for a 2.7 out of 3. Corlew had 13 kills and hit for 52% kill efficiency while Woods added 10 kills for the team. Whitsel had 30 assists and Devin Bray added 2 solo kill blocks.
Box Score vs. Cincinnati State
Box Score vs. Midway College
Commodores Fall to Columbus State CC, Top Team in Conference - 10/24/14
Suffering from injured and weary players at the end of a long season, LCCC faced the undefeated number one team in the conference at Columbus State on Friday. LCCC fell to the Cougars in three by the scores of 17-25, 24-26, 11-25. Serena Rodriguez and Paige Elias led in digs with 9 apiece. Emily Mandoke led in kills with 11 out of 24 attempts and she also had 3 solo blocks. Kady Whitsel led in assists with 16.
LCCC Falls to Powerhouse Owens CC in Final Home Game of Season - 10/22/14
By Keith Reynolds
The LCCC Commodore Volleyball Team played the Owen CC Express on Wednesday, Octerober 22. The match was held in the Ewing Activity Center at LCCC. The first set started slowly for the Commodores with the Express taking an early lead and despite the best efforts of the Commodores, the Express won 16-25. The Express maintained their momentum and continued their ceaseless pressure in the second set to beat the Commodores 18-25. The Lady Commodores fought valiantly in the third set only to be continually shut down by the Express who won 15-25 to win the match.
Top players for the Commodores this match were right side hitter Gabby Woods (Brookside) with 12 kills, outside hitter Danya Corlew (Elyria) with 9 kills, setter and right side hitter Kady Whitsel (Brookside) with 24 assists, defensive specialist Rachael Bolmeyer (Clearview) with 15 digs.
Head Coach Ted Whitsel described the Commodore’s performance by saying, “We have seven second year players. I know it was pretty emotional for them (to play their last home game for LCCC), as it was for me. I thought the girls really handled it well; Owens is a really good team. We battled, and at the same time we got everybody in and everyone played. Everyone had a good time. A lot of volleyball is how fun you can make it.”
Commodores Suffer Tough Weekend at Dig Pink Tournament - 10/17-18/14
The LCCC Volleyball Team had a tough weekend at the Pink Out Tournament in Cincinnati, going 0-4 against some strong teams. Reeling from loses to Oakland CC and Mott CC, both nationally ranked DII teams, on Saturday, they struggled on Sunday with two teams they have previously defeated this season.
In the first match of the weekend, LCCC put up a strong fight against Oakland CC (currently ranked 17th in DII), losing in three sets by scores of 21-25, 22-25, 26-28. Paige Elias led in digs with 18 and passed for a 2.77/3 with 26 receptions. Kara Szabo had 11 kills in 20 attempts and Kady Whtisel led in assists with 28.
Next up was Mott CC (currently ranked 14th in DII). LCCC fell to Mott in three by scores of 21-25, 19-25, 11-25. Elias again led in digs with 20 and passed for a 2.73/3 with 33 receptions. Emily Mandoke led in kills with 9 and a 25% kill percentage. Serena Rodriguez and Whitsel both had 14 assists.
The first game on Saturday saw LCCC losing to Cincinnati State in three sets by scores of 20-25, 17-25, 12-25. Elias continued to lead in digs with 18, Gabby Woods had 11 kills in 23 attempts, and Whitsel continued to lead in assists with 18.
LCCC final match of the weekend was a lost to Lakeland CC in four by scores of 25-17, 21-25, 19-25, 12-25. Whitsel led in digs with 18, Mandoke had 11 kills, and Katlynne Baker had 10 kills to pace the team. Devin Bray had 3 block kill, while Rodriguez led in assists with 23 and Whitsel added 22.
Box Score vs. Oakland CC
Box Score vs. Mott CC
Box Score vs. Cincinnati State
Box Score vs. Lakeland CC
CCC Wins Hard Fought Match Against Lakeland - 10/15/14
By Keith Reynolds
The Lorain County Community College Commodore Volleyball Team played the Lakeland Community College Lady Lakers on Wednesday, October 15 at LCCC. The Commodores got off to an early lead in the first set, but the Lady Lakers quickly caught up and snatched victory from the Commodores' hands with a score of 20-25. The second set was characterized by steady scoring from the Commodores which led them to a victory with a score of 25-16. The Lakers set out to turn things back in their favor in the third set but lost to the determined Commodores 25-13. The fourth set was hard fought for every point but the Commodores came out victorious with a score of 25-22 to win the match.
Top players for the Commodores this match were outside hitter and right side setter Gabby Woods (Brookside) with 17 kills, setter and right side setter Kady Whitsel (Brookside) with 41 assists, defensive specialist Paige Elias (Brunswick) with 25 digs, and middle blocker Kara Szabo with 12 kills.
When asked about the Commodores' performance head coach Ted Whitsel said, "Two good teams slugging it out. I thought Lakeland played well,as we knew they would. It was five [sets] the first time we played them. I think we've improved and they've improved. You know, we're on our home court today and and we hung in on our court and gave our fans something to cheer for."
Volleyball Team Continues Winning Ways at Sinclair CC - 10/11/14
LCCC came out on top at Edison CC on Saturday, winning their second conference match in two days in straight sets (25-13, 25-23, 25-17). It was Dig Pink with everyone showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink. After the match, Sinclair invited our team to share their pot luck meal which was wonderful. Paige Elias, Rachael Bolmeyer, and Emily Mandoke were all in double figures in digs (11,11,and 10).Serena Rodriguez provided 20 assists for the team. Danya Corlew and Gabby Woods had 12 and 10 kills to lead the attack. Woods also provided 4 solo blocks.
Commodores Earn Victory at Edison CC - 10/10/14
In a conference match on Friday night at Edison, LCCC won in three sets (25-8, 25-20, 25-14). Paige Elias led in digs with 16. Elias, Rachael Bolmeyer, and Emily Mandoke handled most of the serve reception for the team with a 2.64 ot of 3 rating. Kady Whitsel had 22 assists out of 42 attempts for 52%. Kills were spread out with Gabby Woods and Mandoke with 10 apiece, and Danya Corlew and Whitsel with 9 and 8 respectively. Blocking was also a team effort with Brenna Villwock, Mandoke, and Whitsel with 2 each.
LCCC Travels to Tri-C for Win - 10/8/14
The LCCC Volleyball Team won in straight sets at Cuyahoga Community College on Wednesday night, by the scores of 25-23, 25-14, 25-17. It took LCCC a set to warm up, with a number of errors in the first set. The next 2 sets we cleaned up our game and Tri-C made all the unforced errors. Paige Elias had 20 digs and serve received at a 2.89 out of 3. Danya Corlew had 14 kills and hit for a 0.450 kill efficiency. Gabby Woods and Brenna Villwock added 8 kills apiece. Kady Whitsel had 22 assists along with 11 digs. Woods and Kara Szabo each had 2 solo block kills.
Commodores Win Two of Three Matches at Owens - 10/4/14
After a tough 5 set match against Columbus State on Friday night, LCCC traveled to Owens CC for three matches on Saturday. They started the day against powerful Owens and were defeated in three sets, by the scores of 13-25, 20-25, 18-25. Paige Elias and Kady Whitsel had 13 & 11 digs respectively, Emily Mandoke and Danya Corlew had 9 kills each.
Knowing they could play better, they faced Lincoln Land CC in their second match of the day and won in four sets, by the scores of 18-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-13. Elias and Whitsel had 20 & 15 digs respectively. Rachael Bolmeyer had 22 serve receptions and passed for a 2.55 out of 3. Brenna Villwock had 3 block kills and Mandoke led with 15 kills in 37 swings and only 4 errors. Whitsel had 30 assists and 3 service aces.
In LCCC's third match of the day, they defeated Jackson College in 5 sets, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 24-26, 20-18 Five players were in double figure digs, Elias had 32, Whitsel had 21, Baker had 16, Mandoke had 13, & Bolmeyer had 12. The outside hitting of Mandoke (24) and Corlew (12) produced 36 of the teams 71 kills.
The middles, Szabo (14) & Villwock (11), added 25 more kills with only 1 error apiece along with a combined 7 block kills. Whitsel ran a 5-1 for the offense while dishing out 55 assists for a 40% assist percentage.
Box Score vs. Owens CC
Box Score vs. Lincoln Land CC
Box Score vs. Jackson College
LCCC Falls in Titanic Struggle in Conference Match - 10/3/14
By Keith Reynolds
The LCCC Commodore Volleyball Team faced off against the Columbus State Community College Lady Cougars on Octerber 3. The match was held in the Ewing Activity Center at LCCC.
The first set of the match started slowly and the Commodores maintained a very thin lead over the Cougars until they emerged victorious with a score of 25-22. The Commodores maintained the same momentum into the second set, taking an early lead and holding it until the end to defeat a winded-looking Cougars 25-14. These two losses and some stern words from their coach seemed to spur the Cougars into their second wind. In the third set, the Cougars held a solid lead throughout despite the best efforts and defensive acrobatics of the Commodores to win 14-25. The fourth set was characterized by the energy of the crowd and the intensity of each volley, but the Cougars came away defeating the Commodores 16-25. The final set was one of the most exciting sets of the year and was defined by the struggle each team seemed to be putting forth to score each and every point, but the Cougars turned out to have even more steam in their tanks and held out to defeat the Commodores 13-15.
If the Commodores had won this match they would have been tied for first place in the division, but since they have lost they are now in third place behind Columbus State and Owens.
Top players of the match were outside hitter and right side setter Gabby Woods (Brookside) with 20 kills and five blocks , setter and right side setter Kady Whitsel (Brookside) with 35 assists, and defensive specialist Paige Elias (Brunswick) with 25 digs and three aces.
Describing the match in the wake of the Commodores’ defeat, their Coach Ted Whitsel said “The first two sets were flawless. We got so many second opportunities for defense bumps, but they’re 17-0 for a reason. They started countering things and started executing better. But I thought we played hard, I thought we never gave up in any game, even though we might have been down a lot, we kept fighting. That’s all you can ask for."
LCCC Wins 3 out of 4 Matches in Grand Rapids Tournament - 9/27-28/14
The LCCC Volleyball Team finished with 3 wins and 1 lost at the Grand Rapids Tournament this weekend. The Commodores lost the first match to Waubonsee in 5 sets with scores of 25-21, 21-25, 15-25, 25-20, & 11-15. Paige Elias had 34 digs and passed 100% with a 2.77/3.00 rating. She also added 3 aces. Kady Whitsel led in assists with 29 along with 22 digs and hit for the highest kill efficiency at 27%. Gabby Woods led in total kills with 14 and had 3 block kills. Kara Szabo led in most kill blocks with 4.
Saturday proved to be a long day; the second match was to start at 6:30pm but instead started at 9:30pm. The match finished at 11:00pm and the team had to be back at the gym to play at 9:00am the next day. The 2nd match was against Schoolcraft with a win for LCCC in 4 sets, the scores were 24-26, 25-17, 25-22, 25-16. Paige Elias led in digs with 35. Kady Whitsel led in assists with 27 and she had 24 digs to help the defense. Brenna Villwock led in service aces with 4. Gabby Woods and Danya Corlew led in kills each with 15 for the match. Gabby Woods led in block kills with 5 and Kara Szabo added 4.
Early the next morning the LCCC ladies defeated St. Clair CCC in 4 sets by the scores 25-19, 25-16, 17-25, 25-21. Coach Whitsel commented, "I was very proud of them for their desire to win regardless of their lack of sleep." Paige Elias led with 24 digs and the team serve received the entire match without an error, with most of those attempts between Elias, Sarah Berkheimer, and Rachael Bolmeyer. The team also had 5 players in double digit digs - Elias - 24, Serena Rodriguez - 13, Whitsel -12, Bolmeyer - 11, and Berkheimer - 10. Whitsel and Serena had 25 and 22 assists respectively and Whitsel added 4 aces for the team win. Danya Corlew led in kills with 20, while Emily Mandoke was also in double figures with 13 kills.
The girls finished the tournament with a 4 set win over Kellogg by the scores of 25-18, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18. Leading the battle against the Battle Creek team in digs was Paige Elais with 27 and Kady Whitsel with 24. Kara Szabo led in the blocking category with 6 kill blocks, 4 being solo. The team had 12 service aces with each of the following players with 2 apiece: Rachael, Bolmeyer, Danya Corlew, Sarah Berkheimer, and Whitsel. Whitsel also had 28 assists for a 44 assist percentage. Leading the attack in double figures was Gabby Woods with 14 kills and a 46% kill efficiency, and Szabo with 11 kills and a 38% kill efficiency.
Box Score vs. Waubonsee CC
Box Score vs. Schoolcraft
Box Score vs. St. Clair CCC
Box Score vs. Kellogg CC
Volleyball Team Wins 3-0 at Butler CCC - 9/24/14
The Commodores defeated Butler (PA) CCC at the site where the 2014 Regionals will be held. The scores were 25-17, 25-19, 25-20. Emily Mandoke led the team in kills with 13. Kady Whitsels had 19 assists. LCCC had 3 players in double digit digs, they were Sarah Berkheimer with 16, Paige Elias with 15, and Whitsel with 13. The LCCC defense gave the team the chance to score. Mandoke and Kara Szabo each had 2 block kills apiece.
Commodores Defeat Notre Dame JV for Second Time in Week - 9/22/14
The LCCC Volleyball Team defeated Notre Dame’s JV in 3 straight sets at Notre Dame's home court. The scores were 25-15, 25-13, and 25-20. Leaders in stats were:
Gabby Woods with 12 kills out of 21 attempts
Kady Whitsel with 21 assists and 5 service aces
Paige Elias and Kady Whitsel both with 15 digs
Kara Szabo with 3 block kills
LCCC Easily Defeats Notre Dame JV - 9/19/14
By Keith Reynolds
The Lorain County Community College Commodore Volleyball Team faced off against the Notre Dame Junior Varsity Lady Falcons on Sept. 19. The match was held in the Ewing Activity Center at LCCC.
The Commodores quickly overwhelmed the Lady Falcons in the first set by taking a commanding lead early on and holding onto it until the end winning 25-13. The second set started slowly with the Commodores giving away three points without scoring. When the Commodores began scoring they barely stopped; winning the set 25-16. The third set was largely a one-sided affair with the Commodores continuing their relentless pressure on the helpless Lady Falcons and defeating them 25-13. Thus winning the match easily in three sets.
Top players of the match were outside hitter and right side setter Gabby Woods (Brookside) with nine kills, setter and right side setter Kady Whitsel (Brookside) with 21 assists, defensive specialist Sarah Berkheimer (Avon) with 12 digs, defensive specialist Paige Elias (Brunswick) with four aces, middle blocker Kara Szabo (Elyria) with two blocks, and middle hitter Brenna Villwock (Lutheran West) with two blocks.
“They executed all three sets and played hard. We got a lot of people and everyone performed well,” Coach Ted Whitsel said after the game. Looking forward to the rest of the season he’s looking for “a lot more wins. We’re doing well, so it’s just a matter of continuing on with the same force.”
LCCC Defeats Lakeland CC in 5 Sets - 9/17/14
The Volleyball Team pulled out their match in 5 sets on Wednesday at Lakeland. After winning the first two sets, the Commodores dropped the next two sets and had to rally in the 5th set to win the match. The scores were 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 17-25, 15-9. Stat leaders for the team were: Rachael Bolmeyer - 29 service receptions with no errors & 20 digs to lead the team; Danya Corlew had 18 kills & Gabby Woods added 17 kills for the team. Kady Whitsel lead in assists with 34. Three players had 4 kill blocks each - Kara Szabo, Brenna Whitsel, & Kady Whitsel.
Commodores Win 3 out of 4 Matches in Shannon McBride Invitational - 9/12-13, 2014
LCCC traveled to Lakeland Community College over the weekend and came away with 3 victories.
In their first match against St. Clair CCC, LCCC captured a 5 set victory, coming from behind after losing the first two sets. The leaders for the team included Kady Whitsel (Brookside HS) with 25 assists & 31 digs, Danya Corlew (Elyria HS) with 17 kills out of 38 attempts with only 1 error, Serena Rodriguez (Lorain HS) and Paige Elias (Brunswick HS) both with 3 aces apiece, Kara Szabo (Elyria HS) with 3 block kills, and Paige Elias with 27 service receptions & 27 digs.
In their second match on Friday, LCCC lost to Mott CC in 4 sets after winning the first set. Leading the team in this match were Kady Whitsel with 22 assists & 14 digs, Gabby Woods (Brookside HS) with 13 kills & 3 blocked kills, and Emily Mandoke (Elyria HS) and Danya Corlew both with 12 kills. Also having a strong match were Paige Elias with 3 service aces, 30 service receptions & 18 digs, and Kara Szabo with 3 blocked kills.
On Saturday the Commodores started the day with a victory against Lake Michigan College in 3 straight sets. Leading the way for LCCC were Serena Rodriguez with 16 assists, Emily Mandoke and Brenna Villwock (Luthern West HS) with 8 kills each, and Brenna added 8 service aces. Gabby Woods lead with 2 solo block kills and Paige Elias had 13 service receptions & 10 digs. Rachael Bolmeyer (Clearview) also had 10 digs.
In their final match of the tournament on Saturday, LCCC again won in straight sets, this time against Mercyhurst North East. The leaders in this match were:
Serena Rodriguez & Kady Whitsel - 16 & 15 assists respectively
Kara Szabo - 11 kills out of 14 attempts with no errors
Kady Whitsel - 7 service aces
Paige Elias - 11 digs
The team had a new low with only 9 hitting errors in 3 sets and a new high of 16 service aces.
Box Score vs. St. Clair CCC
Box Score vs. Mott CC
Box Score vs. Lake Michigan
Box Score vs. Mercyhurst North East
LCCC Wins Hard Fought Match Against Tri-C - 9/10/14
by Keith Reynolds
The Lorain County Community College Commodores Volleyball team won a hard fought match against the Cuyahoga Community College Challengers on Wednesday. The match was held in the Ewing Activity Center at LCCC.
The Commodores got off to a slow start in the first set allowing the Challengers to get a three point lead in the first three volleys, but quickly gained momentum and came out victorious with a score of 25-16. In the second set LCCC started out strong and battled hard to the last point, but sadly lost 23-25 due to Tri-C's intense pressure . The third set was marked by an increase in intensity from the Commodores which seemed to overwhelm the Challengers, netting a win for the Commodores 25-16. The Challengers tired in the fourth and final set, allowing the Commodores to exploit the Challengers' weaknesses and exert their own strengths to win 25-15.
Top players in this match were outside hitter Danya Corlews (Elyria High) with an extraordinary 17 kills, defensive specialist Paige Elias (Brookside) with 21 digs, middle hitter Brenna Villwock (Lutheran West) with 7 blocks (3 solo and 4 assist), and setter Kady Whitsel (Brookside) with 32 assists.
"I thought Tri-C played much harder than the first time we'd seen them, and I thought maybe we were a little lax and weren't playing as tough, or as hard as we could have played at the beginning of that match, and then it became a dog fight. When you're going one and one it's anybody's ballgame. I thought we picked up our intensity in the third set and started doing the good things that we can do." Coach Ted Whitsel summarized at the end of the match.
LCCC Commodores Defeats All Challengers - 9/5-6/2014
by Keith Reynolds
On Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, the Commodore Volleyball team swept their conference competitors in a series of three games in the Varsity Gymnasium at Lorain County Community College. Friday, LCCC defeated the team from Edison Community College after a hard fought match that lasted all five sets. The scores of the five sets were 25-14, 26-24, 23-25, 25-27, 15-7. Saturday at Noon, the Commodores defeated Sinclair Community College in three sets. The scores were 25-16, 25-11, 25-21. Later Saturday at 3 p.m., the Commodores swept Cincinnati State Technical & Community College after a very exhaustive three-round set. Scores were 25-20, 25-20, 25-21.
Outstanding players included Danya Corlew (Elyria HS), Gabby Woods (Brookside HS), Paige Elias (Brunswick HS), Serena Rodriguez (Lorain HS), Kady Whitsel (Brookside HS), and Kara Szabo (Elyria HS). Head coach Ted Whitsel shared his feelings after the Cincinnati game. “I thought they really fought hard, and continued their intensity the whole three sets, which is what gave us the ability to push it through today to win the match.”
The Commodores' record is now 5-1 for the season.
Box Score vs. Edison CC
Box Score vs. Sinclair CC
Box Score vs. Cincinnati State
LCCC Suffers First Lost of Season at Owens CC - 9/3/14
The LCCC Volleyball Team suffers its first lost of the season to perennial power Owens CC (15-25, 29-31, 12-25). The ladies hung tough with seven set points in the second set. Each time Owens fought back and they eventually took the set. Owens had the momentum after picking up this set. With multiple errors early in the third set, the Commodores dug a hole that they couldn't dig themselves out of.
Stat leaders for LCCC included:
Kara Szabo - 12 kills
Kady Whitsel - 22 assists
Kady Whitsel - 23 digs
Paige Elias - 21 serve receive at a 2.48
Box Score vs. Owens CC
2014 Volleyball Season Starts with Two LCCC Wins - 8/23/14
The Lorain County Community College volleyball team started their 2014 season strong, going 3-0 in both matches at home on Saturday, 8/23. A Tri-Match was held at LCCC on Saturday with Tri-C and Schoolcraft. The day began with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-18) victory by LCCC over Tri-C. Paige Elias led the way with 11 receptions at 100%; Kady Whitsel led with 13 digs and 19 assists. Gabby Woods, Brenna Villwock, and Emily Mandoke each had 3 block kills. Danya Corlew had 11 kills and Katlynne Baker hit 0.600 kill efficiency with no errors. Serena Rodriguez added 3 service aces. The team passed at 93% and served at 94%. Offensively, the team hit at a 48% kill percentage.
The second match for LCCC was another 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-15, 25-15), this time against Schoolcraft. Paige Elias and Danya Corlew each had 12 service receptions. Kady Whitsel had 12 digs and Paige Elias added 11. Danya Corlew hit for a 0.55 kill efficiency and led with 8 kills. Kady Whitsel had 18 assists and Serena Rodriguez had 15 assists. Kady Whitsel also had 4 service aces. The team passed at a 98% and served at 95%. Offensively, the team hit at a 54% kill percentage and a 0.360 kill efficiency.
In LCCC's two matches on Saturday, Kara Szabo had 16 kills on 28 attempts with a hitting percentage of 82% and a kill efficiency of 0.393. With those combined two game numbers, Kara earned LCCC Player of the Week.
Box Score vs. Tri-C
Box Score vs. Schoolcraft
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Historic Commodore Season Concludes After Loss in Regionals
The Lady Commodores lost in two hard fought matches today (Sunday, November 3) to end their season with 28 wins. LCCC faced Montgomery College in both matches since it was a double elimination tournament and the Commodores had not lost in the tournament thus far. The matches were incredible, with both teams digging and driving for every ball, with some amazing points played.
It was a disappointing end to the season for the players who had hoped to be traveling to Nationals, however, they should be proud of their season - rewriting the LCCC record books in just about every category - while forming a great team unity and spirit. LCCC is lucky to have these group of girls representing our college! Congratulations ladies on a wonderful season!
Team Wins Two Matches on First Day of Regionals
LCCC captured both of their matches at the Regional Championships in Rockville, MD on Saturday, November 2. The first match was against the home team from Montgomery College. It took five games to win the match for LCCC after they went ahead by 2 games to 0. They hung on to win in a cliff hanger of a fifth set, 18-16.
The second match of the day went a little easier for the Commodores, with LCCC winning in three games against Butler CCC. They defeated the Pioneers from Butler by the same score of 25-20 in each of the three games.
LCCC Rebounds for 26th Win of the Season
LCCC bounced back from their loss on Friday to defeat Cincinnati State CC at home in five games on Saturday, October 26. The game scores were: 25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11. Next up for the Commodores is a trip to Maryland for the Regional Championships on November 2-3.
Commodores Fall to Top Ranked Columbus State
The Women's Volleyball faced top ranked DII Columbus State CC at home on Friday night, October 25. The Cougars proved to be as tough as their ranking showed, defeating LCCC in three sets by scores of 25-13, 25-11, and 25-19.
LCCC Wins Set from Owens CC, Loses Match
LCCC faced power house Owens CC at Owens on Wednesday. Although they loss the match, they did win one game against Owens, another first for the LCCC Volleyball program.
Leading the way for the Commodores were:
Kills: Pinkie 14, Woods 9, Szabo 8
Assists: Kovach 21, Green 15
Digs: Velez 20, Elias 20, Baker 17
Blocks: Baker 5 assists, Szabo & Villwock 4 assists
LCCC Continues Winning Ways with Two Victories on Saturday
The LCCC Volleyball Team continued its record setting season with two wins at home on Saturday, October 19. They defeated both Notre Dame JV and Cincinnati State CC in three games to go to 25 wins for the season.
Box Score vs. Notre Dame JV
Box Score vs. Cincinnati State CC
Commodores Top Most Wins Ever for a Season with Win
The Commodores rolled again Wednesday night, October 16, notching their 23rd win of the season over Lakeland CC. This is a school record for regular season wins!
Leading the team were:
Kills: Pinkie 19, Baker 9, Villwock 9, Szabo 7
Assists: Kovach 26, Green 11
Digs: Velez 31, Baker 20
Blocks: Szabo 3 solo & 3 assisted
The set scores were 25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 16-25, 15-4.
The Commodores are now 23-11 and play again this Saturday, October 19, in a Tri-Match at home against Notre Dame College and Cincinnati State. The action begins at 11:00 AM.
Team Ties All Time Record for Season Wins with Two Victories
The Commodores tied the record for all time season wins with two victories on Monday night, October 14th; their season record is now 22-11.
In a Tri-Match on Monday, LCCC won in straight sets against Mercyhurst NE and then followed that up with a win over Case Western Reserve University Club team.
In the first match, LCCC defeated Mercyhust NE with scores of 25-12 and 25-10. The second match went to three sets, with the Commodores pulling out the third set by two points. The set scores were 25-15, 20-25, 15-13.
The Volleyball Team travels to Lakeland CC on Wednesday, October 16th, for their next match.
Team Hits 20 Wins for Season
The volleyball team had a busy week, with three home conference matches in four days. They played strong, coming out with two out of three wins against tough competition. Their overall season record is now 20-11.
On Wednesday, October 9, LCCC was victorous against Tri-C in four sets with scores of 25-14, 25-5, 23-25, 25-19.
On Friday, they played a strong Edison CC team. After dropping the first set, they come roaring back with three straight set wins. Set scores: 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18.
They followed the match on Friday night with a match on Saturday morning against a tough Sinclair CC team. The Commodores held it close in the first set but after an injury to freshman Katie Green, the Commodores dropped the last two sets. Set scores: 21-25, 16-25, 20-25.
Volleyball Team goes 3-0 from October 2-5, 2013 - Ranked #9 Nationally
LCCC went undefeated last week against two NCAA DII JV teams and an NCAA DI Club team.
The play began with a thrilling match at Walsh Univeristy on Wednesday, October 2 where the Commodores prevailed in a five set nail biter. The set scores were 26-24, 23-25, 18-25, 25-12, 15-13.
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20131002_62ej.xml
The team followed that victory with a pair of victories at home on Saturday in a Tri-Match against Notre Dame College JV and Cleveland State University Club teams. Winning in three sets in both matches, the set scores were:
LCCC 3 NDC JV 0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-18)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20131005_ab2x.xml
LCCC 3 CSU Club 0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-21)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20131005_x9it.xml
The Commodores continue to move up in the national ranking, they are now ranked 9th for DIII NJCAA teams.
The team has a busy week of games at home this week, with games on Wednesday, October 9 (vs. Tri-C), Friday, October 11 (vs. Edison), and Saturday, October 12 (vs. Sinclair).
LCCC's Record Goes to 15-10 After Another Victory - September 25, 2013
The Commodores traveled to OSU-Lima for another victory on Wednesday night, moving their overall record to 15-10 while playing Division II teams throughout the season. Set scores were 25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 25-12.
LCCC travels to Walsh University to match up against their JV squad in their next match on Wednesday, October 2nd. Also, a Tri-Match at home against Notre Dame JV and Cleveland State Club Team has been added to LCCC's schedule on Saturday, October 5th, beginning at 10:00am.
Commodores Capture Another Victory at Home - September 23, 2013
In front of a fired up crowd, LCCC scored another victory at home on Monday night, this time against the Notre Dame JV. The game followed a "Bump & Spike with the Commodores" for grade school volleyball players, with the LCCC players giving away autographed pictures to the young hopefuls after some on-court instruction.
The game was an exciting four sets, with the Commodores pulling out a close 4th game. The set scores were 25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23.
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130923_9kl5.xml
Commodores Split Two over the weekend - September 20-21, 2013
The LCCC Volleyball Team came away from the weekend with a victory at Cincinnati State and a lost at Columbus State, after a good match by Commodores. The Commodores record is now 13-10.
Set scores were as follows:
Columbus State 3 LCCC 0 (21-25, 18-25, 17-25)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130920_5p93.xml
LCCC 3 Cincinnati State 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130921_i4o4.xml
Another Victory for the Commodores - September 18, 2013
Congrats to the Volleyball Team on an awesome victory on Wednesday, winning in 3 games over Lakeland. They came back from 7 down in the second game to win the game and go on to win the match (25-18, 25-23, 25-13). It was a fun atmosphere for the home game, with the stands full of many CYO players and the players from Vermilion High School, along with our loyal fans! The Commodores are on the road this weekend at Columbus State and Cincinnati State.
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130918_wr46.xml
Shannon McBride Memorial Tournament - September 13-14, 2013
Big weekend for the Commodores! They went 5-3 at the McBride Tournament held at Lakeland Community College and secured 3rd place! The ONLY losses they had were to Sinclair (2) and St. Clair who finished 1-2 in the tourney. LCCC had another 'first'...defeating a tough Schoolcraft CC team in 3 sets for the first time in LCCC history! Hannah Pinkie earned All-Tournament honors as well. The match scores for the weekend were as follows:
LCCC 0 St. Clair 2 (18-25, 20-25)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130913_489v.xml
LCCC 0 Sinclair 2 (20-25, 21-25)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130913_vvkz.xml
LCCC 2 Lake Michigan 0 (25-19, 25-13)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130913_f9f1.xml
LCCC 2 Genessee 0 (25-23, 25-12)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130913_8z7f.xml
LCCC 2 NDJV 0 (25-18, 25-20)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130914_90a5.xml
LCCC 2 Mercyhurst NE 0 (25-22, 25-16)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130914_nu87.xml
LCCC 2 Schoolcraft 1 (20-25, 25-18, 15-8)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130914_tsx3.xml
LCCC 0 Sinclair 2 (18-25, 15-25)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130914_wa5g.xml
Volleyball Team Defeats Tri-C in Three - September 11, 2013
It was a tight first game against the Cuyahoga Community College Challengers on Wednesday before the Commodores pulled away to win in three. The scores were: 30-28, 25-18, 25-13. LCCC's overall season record is now even at 6-6.
Next up for the Lady Commodores is the Shannon Lee McBride Memorial Tournament at Lakeland on Friday & Saturday, September 13-14.
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130911_1bdz.xml
Commodores Play Well Against Top Ranked DII Team
Between September 4 and September 7, the LCCC volleyball team met the 5th, 13th and 17th nationally ranked Division II teams and pushed them in every match. The final scores were:
9/4 Owens 3 LCCC 0 (19–25, 21–25, 11–25)
9/6 Edison 3 LCCC 2 (25–18, 20–25, 25–19, 25–27, 8–15
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130906_yht8.xml
9/7 Sinclair 3 LCCC 0 (17–25, 13–25, 19–25)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130907_k13o.xml
Leading LCCC was # 1 Hannah Pinkie (OH) N.Olmsted/Christian Community School with 45 Kills (4.09 per set). Hannah is also one of the team captains. Way to go Hannah!
Owens Invitational Full of Great Competition
The Commodores particated in the Owens Invitational Tournament on August 30-31 and met some tough competition. They won one match but were competitive in each match. The scores were as follows:
Mott CC 3 LCCC 0 (17-25, 13-25, 19-25)
Genesee CC 1 LCCC 3 (25-18, 21-25, 25-14, 25-16)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130830_hszk.xml
Hagerstown CC 3 LCCC 2 (28-30, 25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 12-15)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130831_2e4b.xml
Jackson CC 3 LCCC 0 (19-25, 21-25, 11-25)
Commodores Start Season 4-0
The LCCC Volleyball Team continued their winning ways with a pair of victories on Tuesday, August 27th at Mercyhurst North East. The team combined for 30 aces in 4 games, an unbelievable total. The game scores were as follows:
LCCC 2 Mercyhurst NE 0 (25-12, 25-9)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130827_5s2e.xml
LCCC 2 Community College of Beaver County 0 (25-6, 25-4)
Box Score: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130827_b73q.xml
The Commodores next travel to Owens CC for a tournament on Friday and Saturday, August 30-31. This tournament has a number of top teams in the country and should be a good test for the LCCC team.
The next home game will be Wednesday, September 4th, at 6:00pm against Owens CC, a powerhouse Division II team.
LCCC Begins 2013 Volleyball Season
The Lorain County Community College Women’s Varsity Volleyball team began its third season under Head Coach Marc Pogachar (54-27) on August 24th. The team elected Katarina Kovach, Hannah Pinkie, and Rachael Bolmeyer as captains for the 2013 season. There is a buzz going around and anticipation is great about this coming season! “The depth of our team is our strong point, with three players at every position. We have two returning sophomores that were nationally ranked last season. We also have a strong schedule which will provide good competition to prepare us for the post-season” said Coach Pogachar. “Our goal it to qualify for Nationals and place well there. Our depth should position us well for post-season play.”
The regular season began with a Tri-Match at home on Saturday, August 24th. The Commodores defeated the Southern State CC Patriots by the scores of 25-18, 25-10, and 25-12. The LCCC ladies went on to defeat the OSU-Mansfield Mavericks by the scores of 25-9, 25-23, and 25-12.
Outstanding LCCC players were:
Hannah Pinkie (N. Olmsted/CCS) 29 Kills .511 Hitting %
Brenna Villwock (Cleveland/Lutheran West) 18 Kills .667 Hitting %
Gabby Woods (Sheffield/Brookside) 7 Kills
Katarina Kovach (N. Ridgeville/N. Ridgeville) 25 Assists
Katie Green (Wakeman/New London) 22 Assists
Katarina Kovach (N. Ridgeville/N. Ridgeville) 7 Aces
Hannah Pinkie (N. Olmsted/CCS) 15 Digs
Rachael Bolymeyer (Lorain/Clearview) 15 Digs
Paige Elias (Brunswick/Brunswick) 13 Digs
Brenna Villwock 5 solo, 2 assisted
Box Score from Southern State Match: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130824_tr6w.xml
Box Score from OSU Mansfield Match: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130824_4lhx.xml