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2016 LCCC Volleyball Team

Front to back: McKenzie Zauner, Lindsay Eisbrenner, Peyton Kellick, Shannon Reaser, Ali Stanziano, Kelli Warren, Kara Keim, Stacey Labis, McKenzie Wilson, Paige O'Connell, Jayna Gawen, Maryssa Kellick. .


2016 Volleyball Team News
Commodore's Season Ends Early; Fall to Columbus State in 4 - 10/28/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Columbus, Ohio - For the first time in 3 years, the Lady Commodores of LCCC volleyball won’t make a run at a national title. LCCC fell in 4 sets to Columbus State 16-25, 15-25, 25-16, 16-25 in the NJCAA Region 12 Championship. The Lady Commodores end their season with a 16-15 overall record and 5-9 in the OCAAC.

Nothing came easy for LCCC as they started off on the wrong foot going down big early to the Lady Cougars. In the first two sets, the Lady Commodores were -10 in kills and racked up 17 errors compared to Columbus State’s 5.

After losing the first two sets 16-25 and 15-25, LCCC was able to pick things up playing a little better in the third; they were led by Ali Stanziano who had 13 kills, 7 digs and 2 solo blocks. The Commodores played much better at the net in the third set having 10 team kills. Maryssa Kellick (8 kills, 4 blocks on the night), led the charge for her team as the Lady Commodores frustrated Columbus State and pulled out the 25-16 win. Besides Kellick and Stanziano, Shannon Reaser chipped in with 31 assist and 11 digs along with McKenzie Zauner’s team high 14 digs.

Unfortunately for the Lady Commodores the errors continued as they committed 9 team errors while Columbus had zero. With the errors piling up and the team unable to find their groove, LCCC fell 25-16.
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Commodores Volleyball Prepares for NJCAA Region XII Championship - 10/26/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH - The Lady Commodores of Lorain CCC ended their regular season on Wednesday night as they took on the #2 ranked DII team in the country in Owens CC. In 3 sets, LCCC fell 25-17, 25-13, 25-19 and see their season record go to 16-14 and 5-9 in the OCCAC. LCCC will now switch their focus on Columbus State and their game Friday at 6:00pm.

“Columbus is going to be fun. We lost to them twice this season but the first match went 5 and although we lost the second match 3-0, we didn’t have our full team so this time around it should be better” said Maryssa Kellick after her last home game as a Commodore.

After set 1 and set 2 didn’t go LCCC’s way falling 25-17 and 25-13, the Commodores were able to pick things up in their final set to find a little team chemistry headed into their big game Friday. In the first two sets, LCCC lost the kill battle -10 but in the final set they won in kills 13-7. Led by sophomore Maryssa Kellick, who had 12 kills and 4 total blocks, the Lady Commodores made some good things happen late. After going down big early in the final set, LCCC went on a big run to close the gap from 0-11 to 6-11. Towards the end of the set, LCCC was able to pull within 4 of Owens trailing 17-21.

Along with Kellick, Kara Keim chipped in with 9 kills while McKenzie Zauner had 12 digs and Shannon Reaser with 28 assist. Even with the strong play at the end, LCCC was unable to steal a set from the #2 team in DII and loss 25-19.

After playing in her final game, Kellick was in positive spirits knowing they have at least one more match to play before switching all her focus on her studies. “It went by fast and honestly it hasn’t hit me yet. I’m just happy I came out and played; I had a blast. As for the end of the season, if we get past Columbus we head down to Maryland which is always fun so just looking at one match at a time.”

Lorain CCC will travel to Columbus and look to win the Region XII Championship on Friday evening.
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LCCC Volleyball Gets Revenge and Trumps Cuyahoga CC - 10/19/16 
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Cleveland - For the second time in a week, the Lady Commodores of LCCC faced off with Cuyahoga CC volleyball. After losing 3-1 on October 14th, LCCC traveled to Tri-C and swept the Challengers in 3 (25-13, 25-22, 25-22). With this, LCCC heads into their final regular season match on a two match win streak and a season record of 16-13(5-8).

Right from the start the Lady Commodores made their presence known and jumped on top of the Challengers of Tri-C. As a team, LCCC had 38 kills, 36 assist, 50 digs and 5 total team blocks. Leading the way for her team was 2nd year player Maryssa Kellick who had 14 kills, 7 digs and 3 total blocks.

After dominating the first set 25-13, the last two remaining sets didn’t follow suit. After only committing 2 team errors in set 1, the Lady Commodores committed 12 errors total in the final two sets. With Tri-C playing better, the Commodores relied on their two other big hitters in Kara Keim (12 digs, 3 digs) and Kelli Warren (9 kills, 2 digs). With Shannon Reaser (33 assist, 8 digs) back in the lineup, the Lady Commodores were able to keep their lead, closing out Tri-C 25-22 in set 2 and 25-22 in the final set.

LCCC will end their regular season at home on Wednesday, October 19th as they take on Owens CC (30-4). After Owens CC, the Lady Commodores will travel to Columbus to take on Columbus State on Friday, October 28th for the NJCAA Regional XII Championship.

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Big Conference Win Not Enough for Home Court Advantage for Regional Championship - 10/15/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Elyria - The Lady Commodores of LCCC knocked off conference foe Cincinnati State in 4 sets winning 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-11 but no game was bigger this season than the earlier match against Columbus State; winner would host the NJCAA Region XII Championship on October 28th. For LCCC, things didn’t go their way as Columbus State won 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-16). At the end of the weekend, LCCC has a season record of 15-13 and 4-8 in conference.

Prior to playing Columbus State this weekend, LCCC loss in 5 sets back on the 24th of September and trailed the Lady Cougars in the OCCAC standings. The Lady Commodores had a couple ways they could have received the home bid but what they couldn’t afford was losing in 3.

For the shorthanded Commodores team (missing assist leader Shannon Reaser), they fought hard all first set making nothing easy for the Lady Cougars of Columbus State. Playing big roles early was Kara Keim and Ali Stanziano who helped keep their team in the game. On the day, Keim had 9 kills and 4 digs while Stanziano did her best to fill the role of Reaser by having 30 assist and 10 digs. For LCCC the problem was at the net as they lost the kill battle 34 to 21 and lost the block battle 24 to 3. With set 1 going to the wire, the final two sets didn’t follow suit as the Lady Cougars won 25-12 and 25-16.

Along with losing in kills and blocks, LCCC had 24 errors to Columbus’s 8. Even with the stat lines not in favor of the Lady Commodores, Coach Whitsel of LCCC seemed confident his team will end their season on a high note. “We played better today but still short-handed. We look forward to getting a chance to advance. We plan to work hard towards our goals.”

After falling to Columbus State earlier, the Lady Commodores came out strong to beat conference foe Cincinnati State 3-1. Keim who played well earlier in the day followed things up in match two having 16 kills and 5 digs. Nothing was bigger than Maryssa Kellick’s play as she chipped in 15 kills, 8 digs and 10 total blocks.
Along with Keim and Kellick, Kelli Warren had 11 kills, and 19 digs while Stanziano had 40 assist with 19 digs and 3 blocks. Unlike match 1, LCCC won the kill battle with 54, assist with 49, digs 88 and blocks 17.

With only two remaining regular season games, LCCC will try to upset Cuyahoga CC on the 19th then Owens CC on the 26th; the 26th will be the team’s final home game and a night to recognize the two year players.
Box Score vs Columbus State                            
Box Score vs Cincinnati State                       
Early Leads not Enough as LCCC Drops Conference Game Against Cuyahoga CC - 10/14/16 
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria - Fast starts by the Lady Commodores was not enough Friday night as they fell to Cuyahoga CC in 4 sets 24-26, 27-25, 13-25, 17-25. With this loss, LCCC falls to 14-12 and 3-7 in the OCCAC.

LCCC came out strong, controlling most of the first set going up as much as 15-8 on Tri-C. Appearing to be healthier than before, Maryssa played strong on the evening with 10 kills, 3 digs, and 5 total blocks. With assist leader Shannon Reaser missing, Ali Stanziano was the next player up leading her team with 28 assists in the match.
As things seemed to be in favor of LCCC, Tri-C made a big run cutting the lead to 20-18 by capitalizing on Commodore errors; 6 total team errors in set 1 and most coming late in the set. With the slump continuing for LCCC, Cuyahoga took the lead at 24-22 and never looked back. Denying the Commodores late surge, Tri-C took the first set.

Once again in set 2, LCCC jumped out early on Tri-C taking the 8-3 lead but multiple errors doomed the Lady Commodores. With 7 team errors in set 2, LCCC struggled to take the lead again and found themselves in a big hole as they fell 19-15. Not giving up, LCCC was able to tie things up at 21 before taking the late lead 25-24. With Keim serving, LCCC pulled out the win 27-25.

With things knotted at one, both teams came out fast and strong not allowing either team to take an early lead in set 3. One key to LCCC’s early success was team digs (56) as Lindsay Eisbrenner led with 13, McKenzie Zauner’s 12, Stanziano’s 9 and Keim’s 8. Midway through the third set, Tri-C was able to find their groove and took a commanding 11-5.  They never lost their lead from this point on. Unable to slow Tri-C down, LCCC loss the third set 25-13.

Not much changed in the final set of the night as the errors continued to pile on for LCCC. Every time the Lady Commodores tried to cut the lead, Tri-C would make a small run to extend things. With the game not going LCCC’s way, the Commodores dropped the final set 25-17. “It wasn’t the greatest game for us. We didn’t play well in stretches of time but we have tomorrow at 11 to worry about now. That game is really important for our end of the year so we have to just move on from this match” said Coach Whitsel after his team’s loss.

The Lady Commodores will try to bounce back tomorrow morning as they take on Columbus State and Cincinnati State at home. With the win against Columbus State, LCCC will host them for the NJCAA Regional XII game.
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Things Don’t Go Commodores Way in Weekend Play - 10/7-8/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Dayton & Piqua, Ohio - In a long weekend in Southwest Ohio, the Lady Commodores of LCCC fell in back to back conference games losing to Sinclair CC and Edison CC. On Friday, LCCC fell to previously ranked Sinclair in 3 sets 25-22, 26-16, 25-20. On Saturday LCCC fell in 3 again, losing 25-16, 25-15, 26-24; with this LCCC has a season record of 14-11 and 3-6 in the conference.

“We played well against Sinclair. They’re the second best team in the conference so the goal is to play our best against them” said Coach Whitsel following the game.
The final score didn’t indicate how close each set was as the Lady Commodores gave Sinclair everything they had. In the first set, LCCC fell by a final score of 25-22 but they were able to keep things close the majority of the game. The Lady Commodores received strong play from Lindsay Eisbrenner (16 digs), Shannon Reaser (27 assist), Maryssa Kellick (15 kills), and Ali Stanziano (2.3 serve/receive).

After falling in the second set 25-16, Coach Whitsel was proud of his team for not quitting and keeping their energy up the remainder of the match. “We played well pretty much the entire match but we just couldn’t finish things. That seems to be one of our problems, finishing, but overall we played well. With the third set going down to the wire, LCCC tried their hardest to keep up and that’s exactly what they did. Compared to Sinclair’s 32 kills, LCCC matched them with 32 and in digs LCCC was +12. Even with things close, LCCC came up short falling 25-20.

On the following day, the Lady Commodores faced Edison with high hopes of beating them again like they did back on September 30th. Things didn’t go exactly that way as LCCC fell 3-0. “We just played flat against Edison CC. We couldn’t finish and honestly it was quite disappointing.”

In the first two sets, LCCC struggled to keep up with the Edison pace, falling 25-16 and 25-15. The Lady Commodores came up short in kills (33-30), +1 in assist, and fell in digs (62-45). On the bright side, Kelli Warren had .167% in flex kills which is one of the highest so far this season for the Lady Commodores. Along with Warren, Reaser chipped in 25 assist and McKenzie Zauner with 9 digs.

The best set for LCCC was the third set where the team finally started to click and took the 24-18 lead late but fell into a slump. Not able to close out, Edison went on an 8-0 run to take the set and the match 26-24.
Box Score vs Sinclair CC                    
Box Score vs Edison CC                                    

Lady Commodores Extend Their Winning Streak - 10/5/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Kirtland, Ohio - The Lady Commodores of Lorain County Community College notched another conference win and extended their winning streak to three after defeating the Lady Lakers of Lakeland CC (7-11, 1-8). In a dramatic match, LCCC pulled out the win in 5 sets, winning 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 22-25, 15-9. With this, LCCC goes to 14-9 and 3-4 in conference play.

The goal for the Lady Commodores was to come out strong after a long weekend in Grand Rapids, where they went 2-2; they did just that knocking of DII Lakeland CC.
“We played solid the first two sets. We came out and took care of business playing at a high level” said Coach Whitsel following the teams win.

In set 1 the Lady Commodores came out the gates fast, making everything difficult for the Lady Lakers. Maryssa Kellick continued her strong play by leading the night in kills with 27 and 10 kill blocks. “Maryssa played extremely well tonight and is slowly back to being 100% after a shoulder injury. Her strong play was vital.” Coach Whitsel. With set 1 close to the very end, the Lady Commodores came together to close out the Lady Lakers and won the set 25-23.

Similar to set 1, LCCC took control of game 2 early but this time around they didn’t let Lakeland go on long runs to close the gap. Lindsay Eisbrenner gave her team multiple second chances throughout the night putting her body on the line getting dig after dig; Eisbrenner lead the night in digs with 27. With great team effort, LCCC took the set 25-18 and was on the verge of sweeping Lakeland. Things changed in sets 3 and 4 as the energy died down with the effort level. Coach Whitsel was clearly not happy with the turn of events. “Set 3 and set 4 were huge setbacks for us. We had tons of unforced errors that became very costly. Along with that, we lost our energy during these sets but luckily we got it back late.”

The Lady Commodores would drop the 3rd set 21-25 and the 4th 22-25 to the Lady Lakers which forced a final 5th set. Finding their groove again, LCCC took the early lead in the set and never looked back. Stepping up as leader late, Shannon Reaser once again led her team in assist with 53 and saw her Lady Commodores pull out the late win; final score of set 5 was 15-9.
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Volleyball Splits Weekend Tournament in Grand Rapids - 10/1-2/16 
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Grand Rapids, MI - Lorain County Community College Volleyball team competed at the Grand Rapids Tournament this past weekend and was able to split their four games against all Division II teams. LCCC fell to Waubonsee (16-8), and Kalamazoo Valley (11-7) while defeating Alpena (0-10) and Mott (8-8).

In the first match LCCC went against Waubonsee, who recently received votes in the DII rankings, and was able to take them to four sets. After dropping set one by a score of 25-22, LCCC was able to steal set two 26-24. With both sets going down to the wire, LCCC saw big plays from Maryssa Kellick (14 kills, 4 blocking assist), Kara Keim (12 kills), and Kelli Warren (11 kills, 3 blocking assist). Between the three, they contributed 37 of the teams 43 kills and 7 out of 12 blocking assist.  Tied 1-1, LCCC struggled in set 3 as they fell 25-15 but the team was able to pick up the pace in the 4th set. Continuing their strong play, the Lady Commodores were lead late by McKenzie Zauner (25 digs), Peyton Kellick (17 digs), and Ali Stanziano (17 digs) as they tried to take the match to a final 5th set. Unable to slow down Waubonsee in the 4th set, LCCC fell 25-19. Coach Whitsel afterwards wasn’t totally satisfied with his team’s efforts. “We didn’t play well early, we came out sluggish and it didn’t fair too well for us.”

Much didn’t change in the second match for LCCC as they struggled to keep up with Kalamazoo Valley; the Lady Commodores would fall 3-0 but would take each set to the final points. After losing 25-22 in set 1 and set 2, LCCC would fall 25-21.
Although LCCC had 4 more kills than Kalamazoo, 1 more ace and tied in total blocks, LCCC just couldn’t find a way to capitalize on the other team’s mistakes while limiting their own. The strong play of Maryssa Kellick (11 kills) and McKenzie Zauner (18 digs) kept the Lady Commodores in each set. LCCC would eventually fall in 3 and see go down 0-2 early in the weekend.

Sunday was a different story for LCCC as they came out more focused and ready to play. Against Alpena, the Lady Commodores swept them 3-0, winning 25-10, 25-21 and 25-18. “We came out much stronger on Sunday unlike Saturday where we were just slow and sluggish. Today we just played better; we looked much better” said Coach Whitsel after the tournament. Kellick had 14 kills and 4 blocking assist, Warren 9 kills and 2 blocking assist, and Shannon Reaser had 33 assist as LCCC dominated their opponent in their third match of the weekend.

In their final game, the Lady Commodores once again out played their opponent Mott Community College 25-22, 25-16, 27-29 and 25-20. For the 4th straight match it was Maryssa Kellick who led her team with 21 kills, 3 digs, 3 blocking solos and 1 blocking assist. Behind Kellicks strong play was Kelli Warren who had 17 kills and Kara Keim’s 16. Giving Coach Whitsel big minutes was McKenzie Zauner and Ali Stanziano who combined for half of the teams digs (40 out of 80) while Shannon Reaser had 56 total assists.

After splitting the weekend, the Lady Commodores are now 13-9 overall and 2-4 in the OCCAC. LCCC will take their show on the road as they take on Lakeland CC on Wednesday, Sinclair on Friday and Edison on Saturday.
Box Score vs Waubonsee                 
Box Score vs Kalamazoo Valley              
Box Score vs Alpena                  
Box Score vs Mott                      
Commodores Get Big Win in OCCAC Conference Game - 9/30/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Elyria, Ohio - Nothing came easy at home on Friday night for the Lady Commodores of LCCC as they defeated conference opponent Edison College. In what turned out to be a 3-0 sweep (26-24, 26-24, 25-23), the Lady Commodores dug deep to extend their winning streak to two and now see their season record go to 10-7 (2-4) before heading to the Grand Rapids Tournament.

Playing in a loaded conference such as the OCCAC that is full of DII teams is never easy but the Lady Commodores never back away from a challenge. In all three sets, both teams came out energized and ready to play. For LCCC it was the hot play of Maryssa Kellick and Kara Keim who both contributed 11 kills of the Lady Commodores 36 total kills. Evenly matched with Edison, the Chargers had 36 kills of their own but they found a way to limit their errors compared to the Lady Commodores; LCCC had 22 to Edison’s 14.

In the first set it was Edison who took the early lead and forced LCCC to crawl back late to get the win. Unable to put together long stretches of good plays midway through, Edison was on the blink of winning before LCCC found their groove which was led by McKenzie Zauner (16 digs on the night) and Ali Stanziano (13 digs on the night). The Lady Commodores were able to end strong to pull off the 26-24 win.
Coach Whitsel was pleased with his team’s effort late in set 1. “Outstanding (comeback) in first game, first time we have come back from a deficient this whole season so I was pleasantly surprised.”

Much was similar in set two as both teams played even all the way through but it was the strong play of Shannon Reaser who had 34 assist on the night and chipped in 8 digs of her own that made the difference. Once LCCC got to 20, they put their foot on the gas and took the win 26-24.

Even with all the momentum on LCCC’s side, the Chargers of Edison didn’t give up. Putting the Lady Commodores on their heels, the Chargers took an early lead once again in the 3rd set and found a way to extend their lead to 7 on the Lady Commodores. After a late timeout, LCCC came out motivated to make the 3rd set a good game. Playing faster, LCCC strung together a late run to take the 19-17 lead. With Kelli Warren (9 kills) and Lindsay Eisbrenner (10 kills) stepping up late, the Lady Commodores were too much for the Chargers as they took the set 25-23.
After the game Shannon Reaser was happy with how their team pulled out the big win. “The difference in first game that enabled the comeback was we really pulled together and dug deep when we needed to. When we got down in sets 2 and 3, we knew we could come back like we did in first game; that gave us confidence.”

For the remaining weekend, LCCC will play at the Grand Rapids Tournament. The Lady Commodores know they’re in for a competitive weekend in Grand Rapids. Coach Whitsel talked about his team, “We just beat a good team; probably best we played this season and best team we have beaten so far this season. We’re getting ready to play some tough teams in Grand Rapids; we’ll just keep trying to improve. I have to check to see what the unforced errors were but that’s what our goal is, to keep limiting the unforced errors.”
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Commodores Defend Home Court against Hawks of Hocking College - 9/28/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH - The Lady Commodores took no chances Wednesday evening against Hocking College as they defeated the Hawks in 4 sets. Unlike their first match back on August 31st where LCCC swept the Hawks, the Lady Commodores won in 4 by the final scores of 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, and 25-17. LCCC sits at 10-7 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

It was clear LCCC wanted to end the first set early as they jumped out to an early 10-2 lead. Outside of the Hawks errors, the Lady Commodores were smothering on the net and didn’t allow many balls to go untouched.  As things seemed to be all LCCC, the Hawks made a big run midway through that seemed to frustrate the Lady Commodores. With the score 19-14, Maryssa Kellick stepped up to serve and helped extend the lead to 23-14. Even with what appeared to be a hand injury on Kellick, LCCC pounced on the Hawks during their late run. Kara Keim, who led LCCC with 16 kills on the night, was a huge contributor and helped the team finish the Hawks off by a final score of 25-17.  

Unfortunately this didn’t continue in the second set as the team trailed early, going down 7-8. The team chemistry seemed to be missing as errors and lack of energy doomed the Lady Commodores. Going to his bench, Coach Whitsel found strong minutes out of Stacy Labis and McKenzie Zauner. Although LCCC was able to take the lead at 15-14, the much more energized Hawks took advantage of the set to win 25-21. After the game, Stacy Labis of LCCC knew they let the second set slip away. “We had to come together as a team; we really struggled in the second set. We had to pick each other up and once we did that, the intensity picked back up.”

Just as the third set appeared to be a repeat of the second set, LCCC caught fire midway through and made the necessary separation. The Hawks, who seemed to find their groove as the game continued, tried to make the Lady Commodores uncomfortable but the new found hustle of LCCC didn’t allow it. McKenzie Zauner’s team high 16 digs would be vital in the teams late run as they managed to pull away with a 25-19 win.

To end the game, the Lady Commodores finished exactly how they started as they controlled set 4 early. Going up as much as 17-7, LCCC seemed to limit the errors that filled sets 2 and 3. Leading in team assists with 39, Shannon Reaser and company played great team ball and finish the Hawks off 25-17.

Happy but not satisfied with the win was Labis who knew how important tonight was in preparation for a long upcoming weekend. “We didn’t play as well as we should have and with a tough weekend coming up, it was important we played well late. We did that and we’ll just take that momentum with us this weekend.”

The Commodores will get just one day of rest before playing Edison Friday at home and then the Grand Rapids Tournament October 1-2. 
Box Score       

Commodores Split Weekend Games in Central Ohio - 9/23-24/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Columbus, Ohio - LCCC Volleyball spent their weekend traveling Central Ohio, taking on Ohio State University Mansfield and Columbus State. In their match Friday night, the Lady Commodores won in 3 games, winning 25-10, 25-18, and 25-18. On Saturday, LCCC took on conference foe Columbus State and loss 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 21-25, 28-26, 11-15). With this split, LCCC takes their record to 9-7 (1-4).

After a tough match against Sinclair on the 17th, LCCC wanted to get things rolling again; the Lady Commodores were able to do just that as they never let up on OSU Mansfield. LCCC early dominance came from kill leader Kara Keim (10), Kelli Warren (9), and Maryssa Kellick (9). Along with these three, Shannon Reaser chipped in with 37 assist and 6 digs while McKenzie Zauner had 11 digs. As a team the Lady Commodores had 41 kills off of 96 total attacks, 39 assist and 34 digs.

In the team’s second match of the weekend, LCCC didn’t have as much luck, as Columbus State 5-6 (2-2) was able to outlast the Lady Commodores. As the scores indicate, neither team could get much separation as both teams struggled to make a long run. Maryssa Kellick played big for her team as she had 23 kills on the night while Kelli Warren and Kara Keim contributed 12 apiece. Stat lines were very similar but the difference in the night was the service errors as LCCC had 8 to Columbus States 3. Although McKenzie Zauner (30), Ali Stanziano (17) and Shannon Reaser (12) had 59 of the teams 83 digs, Columbus had 93 which in the end proved to be the difference as they were able to attempt more at the net. After winning the 4th set 28-26, the Lady Commodores just couldn’t get over the hump to take the lead. Eventually the Lady Commodores ran out of gas and fell 11-15.
Box Score vs OSU Mansfield               
Box Score vs Columbus State    

LCCC Drops Conference Games but Picks Up Player of the Week Honors - 9/14/16 & 9/17/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH - Coach Whitsel and his Lady Commodores were prepared for a tough stretch of volleyball as they entered conference play this week. After dropping Wednesday’s game at Owens CC 3-0, LCCC fell Saturday morning to Sinclair CC 3-0 and see their season record go to 8-6 (1-3).

With a tough week of play, LCCC received great news that second year player Maryssa Kellick was selected as the NJCAA DIII Player of the Week. After Saturday’s game against the Lady Tartans of Sinclair CC, Maryssa said, “I didn’t think I was going to get it, but I was very excited and honored after hearing they selected me.”
In the week of September 5th-11th, Kellick had a 4.79 in k/s, .405 hit %, 0.84 in SA/S and 1.11 in B/S.

In the team’s game on Wednesday, LCCC fell 3-0 to Owens CC who was the 5th ranked team in NJCAA DII. The team was led by Kara Keim who had 8 kills while Maryssa Kellick chipped in 6 kills of her own. Compared to the Lady Express, LCCC had 21 kills to Owens’ 36, 32-19 aces, and 18-4 blocks. Unable to find their groove, the Lady Commodores fell 25-14, 25-16, 25-14 in three.

Saturday’s match was much more competitive and LCCC played with a purpose but fell in 3 sets to Sinclair CC 25-22, 25-23, and 25-16. Although LCCC was swept, the Lady Tartans of Sinclair worked extremely hard to win each set.

In set 1, the Lady Commodores struggled early, committing errors that put them in a hole 9-4 but the spark from Kelli Warren gave LCCC a new gear. Along with Warren, Peyton Kellick and McKenzie Zauner seemed to be all over the floor as they came up with big dig after big dig. With Kara Keim and Stacey Labis playing big minutes for LCCC, Sinclair struggled to get their lead past 3 points until team errors put LCCC in a rut with the score 22-15 in favor of the Lady Tartans. Instead of throwing in the towel, Maryssa Kellick proved why she earned Player of the Week in DIII by giving her team a boost. Putting multiple kills in the faces of Sinclair, LCCC made the Lady Tartans sweat as the lead was cut 24-22. Not able to find enough gas to close things out, LCCC fell 25-22 in set 1.

Much was the same in the second set as the intensity grew and neither team wanted to let set 2 slip away. With majority of the game going back and forth, LCCC was able to take a 20-14 lead with Sinclair committing multiple errors. With things pretty much wrapped up, the young Commodores team gave up their lead and ended up dropping a tough second set 25-23.

With all their energy left on the court from set 2, LCCC just couldn’t put together a strong set as LCCC fell in the third set 25-16. The team had its moments but just couldn’t find their groove. “We just finished playing the best two teams in our conference, we just have to learn how to play at a much faster speed and once we do that, we’ll be just fine.” Said Kellick after Saturday’s game.

LCCC will host Cuyahoga CC on Wednesday September 21st at the Ewing Center for a 6:00pm start time.
Box Score vs Owens CC                 
Box Score vs Sinclair CC                       

Big Weekend for Commodores Volleyball at Shannon Lee McBride Memorial  Classic - 9/9-10/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Kirtland, OH - Another solid weekend is in the books for the Lady Commodores of Lorain County Community College as the team traveled to Lakeland Community College for a 4 game tournament. Playing against four Division II teams, LCCC took the first 3 matches before falling to Oakland Saturday afternoon.

In the first match against Mercyhurst NE, LCCC once again dominated the Saints in 3 sets to complete the sweep. Similar to their match back on August 27th, the Lady Commodores made everything difficult for the Saints at the net. Maryssa Kellick had 29 total attacks with 17 kills to lead her team. Along with Kellick, Kara Kelm chipped in 10 kills off of 26 attempts, Shannon Reaser with 32 assist and Ali Stanziano had 12 digs.  After a tough first set where they pulled away late for a final score of 25-16, LCCC found their groove, dominating the final two sets by a final score of 25-7 and 25-15.

With minimal time to rest, LCCC faced off against a very tough Lansing Stars team that was desperate for a big win Friday evening. The Lady Commodores got all they could ask for as they went four sets, winning the sets 25-19, 25-21, 18-25, and 25-16. The stat lines for both teams were very similar in kills (41 each), 40-37 assist and 69-57 digs in favor of the Stars. The difference was how well LCCC kept their composure late in the sets and forced Lansing to commit more errors. The Commodores had 10 service aces with only 6 service errors while Lansing had 4 serving aces to their 8 serving errors. Leading the way once again was Maryssa Kellick and Kara Kelm who combined for 29 of the teams 41 kills. Big for the Commodores was the amount of digs they had as the team, with 57 digs; Ali Stanziano lead the way with 18, Shannon Reaser with 10 and Lindsay Eisbrenner had 10. After giving up the 3rd set, LCCC took care of business and won the final set 25-16 and won the match in 4.

Much was the same in the team's 3rd match of the weekend as they took on DII Potomac State who came into this weekend undefeated at 5-0. Coming out very fast, LCCC took set one, led by Kellick who came away with 24 kills, 7 service aces, and 6 digs. Kelli Warren, who had a quiet two matches earlier, had 8 kills while Kelm had 10 of her own. The Lady Commodores got a better look at the undefeated team in set 2 as things didn’t go as planned; LCCC dropped the 2nd set 26-24 but regathered themselves to dominate the final two sets. Playing every ball like it was game point, LCCC seemed to cover the floor very well; Ali Stanziano had 17 digs and McKenzie Zauner gave her team 14 digs. With this strong play, LCCC found themselves 3-0 on the weekend with one final match left.

In the final match of the weekend, LCCC ran into a very tough team at the wrong time. The Lady Commodores would have no answers for the Raiders of Oakland CC (5-4) who would sweep LCCC. With the first set ending 25-20, LCCC poured the rest of their energy out in set 2 but fell once again 26-24. With the Raiders size and speed, LCCC fell in set three 25-16. On the bright side, Kellick had a solid game at the net with 14 kills, while Shannon Reaser had 11 digs and Ali Stanziano had 10 of her own. The errors of LCCC doomed them as they just couldn’t put together a clean game against Oakland. With this loss, the Lady Commodores finished the tournament 3-1 and see their season record go to 8-4 (1-1).

LCCC will be back in action Wednesday September 14th at Owens CC. The Express are 10-2 (2-0) and are ranked 6th in Division II in the NJCAA while the Lady Commodores started as the 7th ranked team in Division III. Game is set for 6:00pm.
Box Score vs Mercyhurst NE                  
Box Score vs Lansing                         
Box Score vs 
Potomac State              
Box Score vs Oakland                      

Commodores Knock Off Lakers in 5 Sets - 9/7/16 
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH - Nothing came easy for the Lady Commodores of LCCC as they knocked off Lakeland Community College (2-3) Wednesday evening in the Ewing Center. LCCC, who is now 5-3 on the year, found a way to outlast the Lakers, beating them by the scores of 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, and 15-10.

In set 1 of the evening, both teams struggled to find ways to get separation from each other as long volleys seemed to dominate the set. Early on, Maryssa Kellick and Kelli Warren controlled the net making it difficult for the Lakers of Lakeland to keep up but the same could be said the other way as well as the Lakers found ways to frustrate the Commodores. Stepping in and providing great plays for the Commodores all evening was Kara Keim who play well, carrying the load on kills and blocks. After the game, Keim who was visually worn out from the 5 set game said, “Tonight was tough, we needed to close out and sometimes we did and sometimes we didn’t.”

Unfortunately for LCCC, they were unable to play clean volleyball late in the first set as they ended up losing 21-25 but the positive was the Commodores took the first set loss personal and played inspired the rest of the night. Coach Whitsel was visually frustrated with his team late in set 1 and early in the second so in an early timeout, he didn’t shy away from calling them out. From that timeout on, LCCC played with a different tone and was lead most of the way by team leader Maryssa Kellick. The Lakers of Lakeland had difficulties stopping the hard kills from Kellick as she helped lead LCCC to a strong win in the second set. Playing off the Laker's mistakes, LCCC won the second set 26-24.

Very similar to the second set, LCCC played with the same intensity, even with going into an early hole, but the calmness of LCCC proved too much for the frustrated Lakers. With the difference being composure, LCCC pulled away late and finished the set 25-20.

Not playing well in set 4 and eventually losing it 20-25, LCCC knew the window was closing on them to close out against another D2 team in their conference. Set 5 proved to be a different story tonight as LCCC was able to finally get a win when headed into the 5th set. 0-2 in the season when going to 5 sets, LCCC did what they do best which is covering the net.

Coming out on fire in the 5th set, LCCC forced early timeouts and made things very difficult at the net as Lakeland struggled to get past the high hands of the Commodores. With the LCCC gym loud and Lakeland falling short on converting on plays, LCCC ended the set 15-10 and ended the night in the winner’s column. With this win, LCCC now has a 5-3 record and 1-1 on the year in conference play. 
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LCCC Volleyball Splits at Weekend Tournament - 9/2-3/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Perrysburg, OH - The Lady Commodores of Lorain County Community College traveled to Owens Community College for an early season tournament where they faced off against four Division II teams. After dropping their first match against Kalamazoo Valley, the Commodores dominated Henry Ford 3-1, fell to conference rival Cincinnati State 3-2 and ended the weekend beating Kellogg 3-1.

With recent success, the Lady Commodores know just how important it is to play at a high level in the regular season so that they’re better prepared for a late run in November. This weekend’s tournament did just that as LCCC took on four Division II teams at the Owens CC Tournament. The Commodores split the weekend and see their season record go to 4-3.

In their first match against Kalamazoo Valley (5-0), LCCC took control in most categories but struggled to get over the height of the Cougars. LCCC had 45 kills compared to Kalamazoo’s 38, 42 aces to their 32, but the Commodores were dominated on the blocking side. “Serve/Receive was the many issues we had against Kalamazoo. We didn’t communicate all match and that was the difference.” said LCCC Coach Ted Whitsel.

After dropping the first set 25-22, LCCC won the next two 25-21, and 25-21 before losing the fourth set 26-24. In the final set, the Lady Commodores ran out of gas and saw their chances of winning go out the window. LCCC loss 15-3 and dropped match one to the Cougars of Kalamazoo Valley. Leading the way for LCCC was Maryssa Kellick with 12 kills, and Shannon Reaser with 36 assist.

In match two, LCCC came out on top as they beat Henry Ford 25-14, 17-25, 26-16, and 25-10. Continuing her strong play, Kellick lead her team with 14 kills, and 5 blocks. Along with Kellick, Kara Keim chipped in 10 kills of her own. The Commodores were able to keep Henry Ford off balance as the experience and depth of LCCC was too much for the Hawks who recently came off a three year absence from the sport. After coming out sluggish in the second set, the Commodores dominated the remaining sets to win match 2.

The third match seemed to have more of a spark to it as the Commodores and the Surge of Cincinnati State knew this conference match held more weight to it. Coming out the gates fast, the Commodores applied tons of pressure to the net as the team had 49 kills. With 14 kills apiece, Kelli Warren and Kara Keim tried to help lead their team to a big conference win early in the year. After LCCC went up 1-0, the Surge took the next two sets before LCCC took set four. In a final set, the Commodores once again fell short in the fifth game as they fell 15-11.

Not wanting to go home under .500 on the weekend, LCCC played big against Kellogg as they won 25-22, 26-28, 25-16, and 25-14. Once again it was the big play at the net that did it for LCCC as they found multiple ways to frustrate the Bruins. 
Box Score vs Kalamazoo Valley                            
Box Score vs Henry Ford                          
Box Score vs Cincinnati State                    
Box Score vs Kellogg                       

Commodores Welcome Hocking College to Collegiate Volleyball - 8/31/16
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Nelsonville, OH - Collegiate volleyball is nothing new to LCCC and neither is winning but on Wednesday the Lady Commodores got the chance to not only welcome Hocking College to the game, but also show them how things work in the D3 Region 12 of the NJCAA. Playing in a packed gym of excited fans, the Commodores swept the Hawks 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-17).

“Tonight was a great event with it being Hockings first ever volleyball match. The gym was packed and it was just fun being there to experience this.” said Coach Whitsel after the game.

With obvious nerves and first game jitters in front of their home crowd, the Hawks initially struggled to keep up with the fast tempo of LCCC. Second year player, Maryssa Kellick from Elyria Catholic, took no time to take charge of the set and the entire match. On the evening, Kellick led all players with 14 kills and made sure the gym knew why the Commodores were ranked 7th in the preseason polls. With too much fire power LCCC took the first set 25-12.

Going into the second set, the Hawks of Hocking College seemed to relax a little more and the game become more competitive. The Commodores at times seemed to take their foot off the gas but Coach Whitsel took a moment to settle his team down. After the game, Whitsel briefly explained their mindset early in the season.
“We’re trying to continue to improve and work on taking care of the ball. We didn’t do that too well against Schoolcraft so we focused on that a lot tonight.”

With only four-second year players on the Commodores roster, Whitsel got some big plays out of second year player Ali Stanziano from Midview High School. Leading the game with 26 digs, LCCC was able to get multiple chances at setting up their hitters at the net. With most of the second set close, LCCC pulled away late to win 25-20.

Up 2-0, LCCC didn’t let up in the 3rd set as they won 25-17. Shannon Reaser, a freshman from Elyria Catholic, played big for her team as she chipped in 38 assist on the evening; this made things very difficult for the Hawks who struggled to keep up. The Commodores took advantage of Hocking's inexperience and finished the game in a sweep.
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LCCC Volleyball Opens Season in Tri-Match - 8/27/16 
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria Ohio -Taking the easy road to nationals is not on the agenda for 3rd year coach and the Lady Commodores of Lorain County Community College. After placing 2nd at the D3 NJCAA tournament in 2014 and 5th place in 2015, Coach Whitsel knows how important their regular season is. “We’re a D3 program playing D2 schools, our season really is a prep for our regional and national tournaments.” said Coach Whitsel after today’s tri-match.

In the Commodores season opener, they hosted Division II schools Mercyhurst NE and Schoolcraft out of Michigan. After sweeping the Saints of Mercyhurst NE, the Lady Commodores couldn’t find a way to slow down the Ocelots of Schoolcraft.

First game jitters made the first set against the Saints very interesting as both teams came out of the gates very slow. With the strong play from first year player, Kellie Warren from Clearview High School, the Commodores were able to keep the lead the entire set. Warren chipped in 10 kills against the Saints and had a total of 23 attack attempts.

With a 19-5 lead, LCCC started to calm their nerves and started to eliminate the mistakes they were making. Forcing the Saints to play at a faster speed, LCCC took their 19-5 lead and closed out on a big run that won them the set 25-18. “We did an awesome job covering against Mercyhurst, we played well against them today.” said returning starter Maryssa Kellick from Elyria Catholic.

Taking that momentum into set two, the Commodores jumped out to an early lead of 9-2 but the mental mistakes started to appear again. Going deeper in his bench, Coach Whitsel gave his team multiple looks.

Unable to break away, LCCC relied on their net covering to give them separation and close out set 2 by a score of 25-18. Much was the same in the final set of the game as the leadership of Kellick helped LCCC sweep the Saints with a 22-15 score. The leadership of Kellick showed as she matched the intensity of Warren with 10 kills of her own and 23 total attacks.

Outside of Warren and Kellick, Ali Stanziano came up big with 11 digs while Shannon Reaser came up with 26 aces.

Unfortunately for LCCC, things didn’t carry over to their 3:00pm game against Schoolcraft as they were swept 25-18, 25-11, and 25-18. Kellick was upset afterwards but understood how important it is to bounce back from games like this. “Schoolcraft ran more of a fast tempo offense and we struggled with covering because we couldn’t get there fast enough. Luckily we practice with guys so they just come in and beat up the ball.” Kellick said after playing Schoolcraft.

For the Commodores, the most intense moments came midway through the 3rd set, as LCCC was able to put Schoolcraft on their heels a bit. With the game nodded at 13, LCCC strung together a nice run. With Schoolcraft settling down, LCCC dropped the 3rd set 25-18 and loss the match 3-0.

Box Score vs Mercyhurst NE                   
Box Score vs Schoolcraft                                                                     

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2015 Volleyball Team News
Lorain CCC Volleyball Places 5th at DIII Nationals
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Rochester, Minnesota - November 14, 2015- It's never easy getting back to the championship game and the Commodores volleyball team realized that this weekend as they competed at the DIII Nationals this weekend in Minnesota. As the 5th seed in the tournament, the Commodores were able to place 5th after losing 1-3 to Rochester in their opening match, beating Nassau 3-0 and beating Central Lakes 3-2.

In the opening match Friday afternoon, the Commodores faced the #4 seed Rochester and dug themselves in an early hole. After a close initial set, the Commodores found themselves down big and lost the first set 15-25 then the second set 20-25. It wasn't until the third set that the Commodores came alive and applied the same pressure to Rochester that they did to almost every team they played this season. Led by Maryssa Kellick (20 kills) and Emily Mandoke (15 kills), the Commodores made everything difficult for Rochester. With 17 kills in just the third set, the Commodores pulled off the win 25-23. In what ended up being the final set, the Commodores did much of the same in the fourth set, applying pressure to the net. With the big plays by Kady Whitsel (33 assist) and Mikayla Walbom (16 assist), the Commodores gave themselves an opportunity to extend the match but, in a controversial call, the set was lost 23-25 and the match was over.

With no break in between the games due to the first match going longer, the Commodores had to turn right back around to face the #8 seed Nassau. The match went in favor of the Commodores the entire time as LCCC won 25-19, 25-9, and 25-12. The Commodores were led once again by Emily Mandoke (11 kills), Maryssa Kellick (11 kills), and Kady Whitsel (21 assist). As a team, the Commodores racked up 33 kills and 32 assists.

In the 5th place game on Saturday, the Commodores faced off against #3 Central Lakes and it went down to the final play. The Commodores won the match in five 18-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-25, 15-13. Led by Maryssa Kellick (18 kills), Emily Mandoke (17 kills), and Kady Whitsel (29 assist, 26 digs), the Commodores found themselves in a battle. After falling in the fourth set, the Commodores rallied together to pull the upset off in the final set in what ended up being a long volley.

After the game, Coach Whitsel said, “I'm proud of the way they handled adversity and made lemonade from the lemons. Just a fun team that loves the game.” In the past two seasons, the Lady Commodores Volleyball team has not only won their district, they finished 2nd and a 5th in the nation! They finished the 2015 season with a 23-12 overall record. Congratulations on another great season Commodores!

Box Score vs. Rochester CC               
Box Score vs. Nassau CC                    
Box Score vs. Central Lakes CC                     
Lorain CCC Volleyball Wins Bid For DIII Nationals - 11/1/15
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Columbia, Maryland - On Sunday afternoon, Lorain CCC Volleyball received their bid for the DIII Nationals in Minnesota by defeating Butler County CC in 3 sets (25-13, 25-14, 25-17). In what was a total team effort, the Commodores find themselves in a very familiar place.

Match Recap
Defensively the Commodores could not be slowed down as second year player Kady Whitsel contributed 14 digs and Lindsay Eisbrenner had 13 of her own. On what ended up being a dominate set by LCCC, the Commodores found themselves up as much as 18-4.

With 15 team kills, the Commodores took control early on and never looked back. Led by Maryssa Kellick (16) kills, Butler County struggled to find their groove. LCCC was able to finish the set 25-13.

Much was the same in the second set as LCCC jumped out to a big lead 15-6; the Commodores crowded the net; led by Stacey Labis (4 blocks) and Maryssa Kellick who added 3 of her own. Not making it easy on Butler, the Commodores capitalized on double digit errors in set 2. Final score of the set was 25-14.

Not going away, Butler CC tried to extend the match by bringing the pressure to LCCC. Tied at 15 a piece, LCCC gathered themselves by going back to what made them successful all weekend; team ball. Providing experience, Emily Mandoke (11 kills) gathered the troops and was able to pull out a tough set to end the day by winning 25-17.

After the game, Coach Whitsel filled with emotions said, “We played amazing defense and kept focus the whole match.”

What's Next
The Lady Commodores received their bid for Nationals and will look to extend their winning streak starting November 13, 2015. Season record now stands at 21-11.
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Lorain CCC Volleyball Dominates Howard CC in Regional Semi - 10/31/15
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Columbia, Maryland -Defending a title is never easy but Lorain CCC showed no signs of rust Saturday afternoon in the semi finals match against Howard CC. In just 47 minutes, the Commodores beat Howard in straight sets, winning 25-11, 25-9, 25-16 and improve their winning streak to 20-11 on the season.

Match Recap
Starting off slow, LCCC was able to make the necessary adjustments to jump out to an early 10-5 lead and never looked back. Led by Emily Mandoke (13 kills), LCCC was able to capitalize on Howard CC’s errors by going up as much as 20-10. On what was Maryssa Kellick’s 3rd kill of the set, LCCC went up 24-11 before applying pressure to end the set 25-11.

Taking no chances, LCCC jumped on Howard and never allowed them to find their groove. Led by Sammie Anderson (11 kills), the Commodores held Howard to just 9 points in the set. It was the team defense that allowed the Commodores to be so successful as Kady Whitsel added 11 digs of her own and 15 assist. With multiple Howard errors, LCCC ended the set 25-9.

In a tougher final set, LCCC dug themselves in a hole with their errors as they found themselves tied 12 apiece midway through. It was the team’s consistency that helped them pull out a tough set, winning 25-16. Playing the net well, Maryssa Kellick contributed 7 blocks on the night.

What's Next
The Lady Commodores look to defend their title Sunday November 1, 2015 at noon against Butler CCC at 12:00 p.m.
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LCCC Volleyball Ends Great Regular Season Splitting Matches - 10/23-24/15 
By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Columbus, Ohio - The Lady Commodores Volleyball team split their weekend matches, winning in straight sets Friday evening and falling in a nail biter in 5 against Columbus State Saturday afternoon. The Commodores end the regular season at 19-11 and start their preparation for Regional play in Maryland next week.

Friday's Match:
Led by Maryssa Kellick (12 kills, 3 blocks), the Lady Commodores were able to make adjustments to oust Clark State Friday evening winning in straight sets 25-19, 25-12, 25-14. Although the Commodores started off slow, they made the necessary adjustments to pull out the win.

With 14 unforced errors in the first set, Coach Whitsel was able to pull the team together by leaning on the teams experience. LCCC relied heavy on Kady Whitsel (11 kills), Ali Stanziano (18 digs) and a team total of 22 assist to keep their winning streak rolling.

Saturday's Match:
Back to back matches are never easy and the Commodores experienced this Saturday afternoon as they just fell short to Columbus State 21-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 10-15. After falling behind 0-2 and on the blink of being swept, Coach Whitsel was able to put together what turned out to be one of the best come backs of the season.

Led by returning 2nd year players Emily Mandoke (25 kills), Kady Whitsel (31 digs, 35 assists), the Commodores were able to put together a great run to make the match interesting. Going into the 5th set, Kellick (12 kills, 5 blocks) and Ali Stanziano (35 digs) were able to put the pressure on Columbus State but in the end the Lady Commodores just ran out of gas falling in 5.

What's Next:
With the regular season now in the books (19-11), the Lady Commodores prepare for NJCAA Regional in Maryland 10/31-11/1.

Box Score vs Clark State            
Box Score vs Columbus State              
Lorain CCC Volleyball Dominates DII Walsh U's JV - 10/21/15
By Bryce A. Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

North Canton, Ohio - Lorain CCC Volleyball stepped up the intensity Tuesday evening beating Walsh University's JV team in straight sets 25-11, 25-17, 25-21. Their winning streak continues as they improved to 18-10 on the season.

Match Recap
As expected, in set 1 LCCC struggled to gain any separation from Walsh U as things stayed close all the way up to 11-10. Led by Maryssa Kellick and her 5 block kills, the Lady Commodores were able to open things up by frustrating the front line of Walsh U. Unable to slow the Commodores down, the match was quickly over 25-11.

With adjustments made, LCCC was able to withstand the pressure of Walsh U by converting points on their serves in set #2. With 12 kills by Sammie Anderson and 11 kills by Emily Mandoke, the back and forth set was won in the end by the Commodores 25-17.

Much like the 2nd set, LCCC was able to capitalize on Walsh U's mistakes. Ali Stanziano chipped in with a team high 15 digs to help seal a Commodore 3rd set victory 25-21 and a straight set victory.

After the game Coach Whitsel was happy with tonight's effort. "We played really well tonight, it was very much so a team effort.", said Whitsel.
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Lorain CCC Volleyball Bounces Back Against Sinclair CC - 10/17/15
By Bryce A. Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Elyria, Ohio - The Lady Commodores couldn't have performed any better on what was their last home game of the season today at the Ewing Activities Center. LCCC won big against Sinclair CC winning in 4 sets 25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19 on what was considered a dominant performance.

Match Recap
LCCC came out the gate fast putting tons of pressure on Sinclair going up 7-4 early. It seemed as if every ball was placed perfectly by LCCC. Led by Sammy Anderson (19 kills), Sinclair was forced early to call multiple timeouts as LCCC quickly went up 22-14 before finishing the first set 25-17.

As most expected, Sinclair made their adjustments in the second set and capitalized on LCCC mistakes. LCCC found themselves down 7-11 before making a run of their own. Maryssa Kellick came up big for the Lady Commodores as she contributed 12 kills and 5 blocks. Making adjustments of their own, the second set was a nail biter as LCCC was able to close the deal winning 25-21.

With the game on the line, Sinclair once again took advantage of LCCC mistakes but this time around they didn't let the Lady Commodores catch rhythm. LCCC found themselves down 3-10 before Coach Whitsel called a timeout to regroup the team. The one thing LCCC didn't want to do was stop playing hard which they didn't as they found a way to close the gap on Sinclair. With some remarkable plays, LCCC was able to get it to 15-17 but ran out of gas as Sinclair went on a run to finish the set 21-25.

Led by second year player Emily Mandoke (8 kills) and first year player Ali Stanziano (21 digs), the Lady Commodores never trailed in the 4th set as they jumped out early 9-4 forcing multiple timeouts by Sinclair. Not letting up, the Lady Commodores capitalized on many mistakes to take the set 21-17.

After the game Coach Whitsel said, “Today was a great win for the team and our two 2nd year players in Emily and Kady. We came out well today after yesterdays game.”

After playing their last home game as a Commodore, Emily and Kady both said, “Today is bittersweet but we're very excited for Regionals and Nationals because of how well we did last year. It was a lot of fun last year. Last night's bus ride was rough since we expected to fight harder against Owens but they're a great team so it was a positive overall.”

Next Up
The Lady Commodores are now 17-10 as they prepare to play Walsh University on 10/20. With only 3 matches remaining before the NJCAA Regionals in Maryland, LCCC will be tested with multiple away games.
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Lady Commodores Fall Short to Top Ranked Owens CC - 10/16/15
By Bryce A. Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Perrysburg, Ohio - The LCCC volleyball team fell in straight sets to the Owens Express who is ranked #4 in Division II. The Lady Commodores played tough but fell 25-10, 25-21, 25-11 at the Student Health and Activities Center Friday evening. The Commodores now find themselves battle tested as they quickly approach the DIII tournament with a record of 16-10.

Going into the game the Lady Commodores knew they would have to bring their A game to pull off the upset. After finding themselves down 12-2 early in the first set, they were able to build some momentum putting some points on the board before going into the second set.

Led by Emily Madoke's 11 kills and Katy Whitsel's 13 digs, the Commodores put the pressure on Owens in the second set. Playing as a unit and putting together some great combinations, they found themselves as close as 24-21 with Mandoke serving before the Express ended the set with a hard kill.

After a 9 day layoff and a tough match against a nationally ranked DII team, Coach Whitsel said, “No excuses tonight, we just played slow. They just need to play hard for themselves and their team and good things will happen.”

Tomorrow afternoon is the final home game of the season and the two year players will be honored as they play their last game in front of the home crowd. The Lady Commodores will try to seek revenge as they host the Sinclair Tartan Pride at 11:00 am at the Ewing Activities Center.
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Volleyball Team Defeats Lakeland CC In Rematch - 10/7/15

The LCCC Volleyball Team played host to Lakeland CC on Wednesday night and came away with a four set win over the Lakers, revenging an early season four set loss.
After a slow start in set one, the Commodores battled back but came up short in the opening set before sweeping the next three sets (21-25, 25-14, 25-19, and 25-21).
Leading the charge and the nation in kills was Emily Mandoke (20 kills), with a nice balanced attack from her teammates Maryssa Kellick (11), Kady Whitsel (10), Haley Looney (8), and Sammie Anderson (7). This spread in the offense kept the Lakers guessing where the ball might go thanks to Whitsel (33 assists) and Mikayla Walbom (16 assists) dishing out the sets.

Statistically, the biggest difference that allowed the Commodores to cruise over the Lakers was on the defensive side where the team had 24 more digs in this match for a total of 90 for the night. The team saw three players in double digit digs, Ali Stanziano (29), Whitsel (22), and Mandoke (15). At the net, Kellick had 3 solo and 4 assisted block kills to slow up the Laker attack, along with the team getting their hands on many more to give the defense an easier chance at the dig. The team has a well-deserved weekend off and will return to the court next Friday night (10/16) at Owens before returning home on Saturday, Oct. 17th, for their last home match against Sinclair. Come out and support your Nationally Ranked Volleyball Team!
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LCCC Wins Two Conference Matches at Home Over the Weekend - 10/2-3/15

The LCCC Volleyball Team hosted two conference matches on Friday, 10/2 and Saturday, 10/3 and won both in straight sets. Edison visited Friday night and battled but the Commodores were too strong with scores of 25-12, 25-6, and 25-17. Saturday morning had the new team in the conference come for a visit; Clark State fell to our team by the scores of 25-12, 25-7, and 25-10. Leading the offense for the weekend was Emily Mandoke (#1 in the nation in kills) with 25 kills and only 2 errors, Maryssa Kellick with 19 kills, Kady Whitsel with 16 kills, and Sammie Anderson with 15 kills. The team hit for 38% kill efficiency on Friday and 50% on Saturday morning. A lot of the credit goes to the team passing which save the team serve receive at a 2.7/3 Coleman rating behind Ali Stanziano (20 receptions), Lindsay Eisbrenner (12), and Anderson (12). From the service line, Whitsel lead the team with 8 aces and Kellick added 5 more. On the defensive side, the team dug up 111 attacks for an 18.5 digs/set average. There were 3 players with 20+ digs; Whitsel (26), Mandoke (23), and Stanziano (21). At the net, Kellick ruled with 6 block kills.

Box Score vs Edison                  
Box Score vs Clark St.                    

Another Victory for the Commodores in Conference Play - 9/30/15

The Volleyball Team finished September with a home win against Tri-C in straight sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-13). It was a team masterpiece on the offensive side with the team posting a 46% kills and 33% kill efficiency stats. Emily Mandoke led with 15 kills and Maryssa Kellick added 9 kills. Kady Whitsel lead with 21 assists in 43 attempts for a 49% assist percentage.  It helped that the team serve received at a 2.7 Coleman and 97%. Whitsel and Mandoke also lead their teammates with 19 and 13 digs receptively.
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Commodores Split Matches at Grand Rapids Tournament - 9/26-27/2015

The Volleyball Team travelled to Grand Rapids Community College for their annual invitational on Saturday & Sunday, 9/26-27/2015. Against tough competition, the Commodores left Michigan with a 2-2 record. On Saturday, the team played Vincennes University and won in a close 5 set match (29-27, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25,  15-13) before taking on host Grand Rapids CC and losing in 5 sets after being down 0-2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 10-15).

After dinner at BW3 and a good night’s sleep, the team took the floor first thing Sunday morning to battle Oakland CC for a 3 set victory (25-20, 25-21, 25-20) and Lansing CC for a 4 set loss (21-25, 25-15, 23-25, 26-28).

The team played hard with everyone helping out throughout the weekend. Pacing the team on the offensive side for the weekend was Emily Mandoke with 69 kills (4.06 kills/set) and Maryssa Kellick with 60 kills (3.53 kills/set). Kady Whitsel lead the team in aces with 10 and assists with 118 from the passing of the three amigos - Ali Stanziano (132), Mandoke (78), and Lindsay Eisbrenner (64). On the defensive side, Stanziano had 73 digs, Whitsel had 65 digs, and Mandoke added 45 digs, while on the net saw Kellick blocking for 12 kill blocks. The team is home on Wednesday night against Tri-C, Friday night against Edison, and Saturday morning against Clark State. Come catch a game!

Box Score vs Vincennes                 
Box Score vs Grand Rapids                    
Box Score vs Oakland              
Box Score vs Lansing                
LCCC Falls to DII Nationally Ranked Owens CC - 9/23/15

The Volleyball Team hosted Owens on Wednesday night with Owens coming in undefeated in conference. Our Commodores had the Express down for the count in both the first and second set yet somehow the Express managed to get back up and win the match in three straight sets (22-25 23-25 17-25). With this loss against a national ranked team, the team showed they can compete even with 42 unforced errors. On the offensive side, Emily Mandoke led the team in kills with 18 kills and Kady Whitsel had 21 of the team’s 33 assists. Whitsel also dug up the Owens’ attack 23 times while Maryssa Kellick added 4 kill bocks. The team travels to Grand Rapids CC this Saturday and Sunday to take on the teams from Michigan.
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Commodores Defeat Columbus State in 3 Sets - 9/18/15

The Volleyball Team hosted Columbus State on Friday night, 9/18/15, and won in 3 straight sets by the scores of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-11.

Leading the offensive attack was Emily Mandoke (14 kills) and Maryssa Kellick (12 kills). Kellick also helped out at the service line with 7 of the team’s 11 aces.
The team hit for a very impressive 0.320 kill efficiency along with a 2.39 Coleman passing rating. Ali Stanziano, Mandoke, and Lindsay Eisbrenner were primarily  responsible for the excellent serve receive.

With passing like that, it gave Kady Whitsel (21 assists) and Mikayla Walbom (13 assists) the opportunity to set up the offense. At 10-6 for the season, the Commodores host nationally ranked Owens CC on Wednesday night.
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LCCC Tops Tri-C on the Road - 9/16/15

The LCCC Volleyball Team travelled to Cuyahoga Community College on Wednesday, 9/16, and came away with a 4 set win. After a very slow start in set one (15-25), the Commodores turned the score around in set two (25-10) to tie the match. Sets three and four were close but the Team pulled out the wins by the scores of 25-22 and 25-21. Leading the offense was Maryssa Kellick and Emily Mandoke providing 12 kills apiece with Kady Whitsel adding 8 kills and 24 assists. It wasn’t only the offense that helped the Commodores return home with the win, the defense out dug Tri-C by a 2 to 1 margin with Ali Stanziano (24 digs) and Lindsay Eisbrenner (12 digs) keeping the ball off the floor and giving the offense another opportunity. The Team will come back home, after almost a month on the road, to host Columbus State on Friday night at 6 PM.
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Commodores Split Matches At Shannon McBride Tournament - 9/11-12/15

The weekend saw the volleyball team head back out to Lakeland for their annual Shannon McBride Tournament. Friday saw the Commodores beat a then 15-0 St. Clair team in an epic 5 set dual (25-27, 25-15, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13) and a straight 3-0 win over Mercyhurst NE (25-9, 25-10, 25-17). Emily Mandoke was the go-to in both matches leading in kills with 21 and 10. Maryssa Kellick (22) and Sammie Anderson (20) added to the team’s kill totals in the Friday matches. Kellick also led the team in blocking with a season high 9 block kills in the St. Clair match. Digging the team to victories were Ali Stanziano (34) and Kady Whitsel (32). Whitsel and Lindsay Eisbrenner served 4 and 3 aces respectively in the wins also.

Saturday saw the team fall 0-2 in very close matches; Sinclair (20-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-25, 13-15) and Oakland (23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25). Maryssa Kellick had 34 kills and 10 block kills in the 9 sets. Kady Whitsel added 20 kills and Onyx Lopez and Sammie Anderson had 16 kills each. Ali Stanziano  kept the ball off our floor with 52 digs for the 2 matches and is currently leading all D3 players in total digs.

Box Score vs St. Clair CCC                         
Box Score vs Mercyhurst NE                        
Box Score vs Sinclair CC                            
Box Score vs Oakland CC                         

Volleyball Team Falls to Lakeland CC on the Road - 9/9/15
On Wednesday night, the Commodores traveled to Lakeland for a conference match and came out on the short end with a 1-3 loss (22-25, 21-25, 25-19, 12-25). Leading the team in kills was Emily Mandoke with 19 kills along with 13 digs. Ali Stanziano had a team high 24 digs and Stacey Labis and Kady Whitsel each had 5 block kills. Maryssa Kellick also served for 6 aces in the first match-up of these conference foes.

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LCCC Travels to Southern Ohio for Three Tough Conference Matches - 9/4-5/15

Pique/Cincinnati/Dayton OH - The LCCC Volleyball Team traveled to southern Ohio this weekend and fought hard but came away with a 1-2 record in conference play. Friday night’s match was against Edison CC which LCCC won 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-23). Leading the way to victory in kills were sophomores’ Kady Whitsel (11 kills) and Emily Mandoke (10 kills). Whitsel, Mandoke, and Maryssa Kellick each had two service aces apiece. Kellick also controlled the net during the match with 5 block kills. In the defensive side, there were four players in double digits for digs, Ali Stanziano (13), Whitsel (12), Lindsay Eisbrenner (11), and Mandoke (10). Stanziano, Mandoke, and Eisbrenner combined for a 2.59 serve receive to keep the offense working smoothly.

Saturday morning saw the team playing Cincinnati State for the second time this year but again came out on the short end, losing 1-3 in a match that could have gone either way (26-28, 20-25, 25-22, 20-25). The offensive leaders in kills for LCCC were Mandoke (18 kills) and Kellick (15 kills) along with 4 service aces for Kellick. Defensively, Stanziano lead with 32 digs, with Whitsel (18) and Mandoke (16) pitching in to give the team more opportunities on offense. Unfortunately, there were just too many errors to overcome and Cincinnati State out hustled LCCC for the win.

The team jumped back on the bus for an afternoon match against Sinclair CC. After a quick start taking set one, LCCC lost the next three sets for a 1-3 finish to a tough road trip (25-22, 15-25, 20-25, 22-25). Mandoke (16) and Whitsel (12) paced the offense in kills, as well as leading in digs on the defensive side (Mandoke with 17 and Whitsel with 16). In this close match, the Commodores just couldn’t beat a much improved Sinclair team with the number of errors committed. Their overall record now stands at 6-3 for the season.

Box Score vs. Edison CC                
Box Score vs. Cincinnati State                     
Box Score vs. Sinclair CC                    

Commodores Win 3 Out of 4 Matches at Owens Tournament - 8/28-29/15

Perrysburg, OH - The LCCC Volleyball team traveled to Owens CC for Owen’s annual early season tournament. The Lady Commodores went 3-1 for the weekend pushing their overall record to 5-1.

On Friday, LCCC beat Kellogg (25-18, 25-18, 25-12) and Hagerstown CC (25-11, 25-16, 25-17) in straight sets. Pacing LCCC in kills in these matches were returning players/captains Emily Mandoke (22 kills) and Kady Whitsel (19 kills) along with incoming freshman Maryssa Kellick (20 kills). Digging our way to victory in Friday’s matches was libero Ali Stanziano with 40 digs. Kady and Ali also lead the team in service aces with 6 and 5 respectively. The team served received at a 2.3/3.0 behind Ali, Emily, and Lindsay Eisbrenner handling most of the work.

On Saturday, LCCC went 1-1 with a hard fought 5 set conference loss to Cincinnati State (25-19, 23-25, 25-15, 22-25, 12-15) and a 4 set win over Mott (25-16, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17). Emily (37 kills), Kady (26 kills), and Maryssa (21 kills) paced the offense while Ali (37 digs), Kady (33 digs), and Lindsay (30 digs) dug the ball up for the team. The team takes the court this coming Friday at Edison CC, with a rematch at Cincinnati State scheduled on Saturday morning followed by a match at Sinclair CC on Saturday afternoon.

Box Score vs. Kellogg          
Box Score vs. Hagerstown          
Box Score vs. Cincinnati State            
Box Score vs. Mott            

LCCC Volleyball Opens Season with Two Wins at Home - 8/22/15

Elyria, OH — The 2015 Lorain County Community College Volleyball Team has a tough act to follow after finishing 2nd in the nation last season. And with only two returning players from last season, they will have a young line-up leading the way.

The Commodores got the season off to a good start with a victory over Mercyhurst NE in straight sets in their first match. They were led by returning player Emily Mandoke (Elyria) with 10 kills and 3 service aces. Joining Emily with a strong match was Maryssa Kellick (Elyria Catholic) with 9 kills and 3 service aces as well. “Maryssa stepped it up even more than she does at practice; she is going to be a force as a dominant middle,” stated Coach Ted Whitsel. Sammie Anderson (Fairview) added to the up-front power with 9 kills. Defensively, Ali Stanziano (Midview) led the way with 17 digs, with returning player Kady Whitsel (Brookside) adding 15 digs and 3 service aces. Stacey Labis (Lorain) led the team with 3 blocks.

According to Coach Whitsel, it was a little bit of everyone contributing and playing as a team. “The start of the game definitely saw jitters with only two returners; we had some first game jitters, with missing 4 or 5 serves in a row. Once we settled down serving-wise, we were able to get our offense running and our defense was solid.” Continued Whitsel, “In the next two games of the match, I thought we were in-system the whole time and ran our offense well, everything was clicking.”

LCCC’s second match of the day was an intense battle pitting Division II Schoolcraft College against the Division III Commodores. LCCC dropped only one game to Schoolcraft. According to Coach Whitsel, “Lots of hard work and determination carried the team to a hard fought victory.” Maryssa Kellick put down16 kills and 3 blocks, while Kady Whitsel added 13 kills and 22 assists. Ali Stanziano had 13 digs, with Lindsay Eisbrenner (Elyria) contributing 3 service aces and Stacey Labis adding 3 blocks.

LCCC starts the season ranked 5th in NJCAA Division III and are preparing for the end of the season. “Our conference is going to be extremely tough and all the tournaments we are in have very good DII teams,” said Coach Whitsel. “We will be as ready as we can be for Nationals, similar to the way we prepped for last year. We still have a lot of work to do but we looked good for the first matches of the season; overall I am happy with the effort of the team, we never let down and we played hard.”

Box Score vs. Mercyhurst NE
Box Score vs. Schoolcraft College


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.    

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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.” 

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

Box Score    

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

Box Score        

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.”

Box Score         

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.

Box Score   

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.

Box Score     

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 

2013 Volleyball Team News

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.

Box Score              

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. 

Box Score       

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

Box Score      

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.

Box Score    

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)
Box Score:http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div3/boxscores/20130904_luor.xml

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
Setting Assists:
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