LCCC Volleyball Drops Tightly-Contested Match to Tri-C, 3-2

VB Team action shot

by Ken Hoffman, LCCC Sports Information

October 11, 2017 — The Lorain County Community College volleyball team lost a heart-breaker at home to Cuyahoga Community College, 25-14, 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 10-15.

The match was just about as close as it could be with the lead changing hands many times. The Commodores started quickly, winning the first set, 25-14, behind 9 kill shots by sophomore outside hitter Kelli Warren (Lorain Clearview).  LCCC opened a 7-1 lead and never was challenged.

“Kelli was outstanding tonight,” Head Coach Ted Whitsel commented.  “She had nine kills in the first set and 21 in the match.”

Tri-C took its first lead of the match in set 2 at 6-5 and opened a 20-12 advantage before winning, 25-19. The Challengers also captured the third set, 25-22, but the Commodores showed their resolve coming back from a 16-8 deficit to take a 21-19 lead before Tri-C closed it out with a final 6-1 run.

LCCC won a very exciting set #4, 25-22, in a set that was tied six times after taking an early 5-1 lead.

The tie-breaker fifth set went to the Challengers who scored five of the first six points on the way to a 15-10 victory.

Freshman middle hitter Alana Carrion (Amherst/Marion Steele) complemented the Commodores’ attack with 12 kills.  Sophomore defensive specialist McKenzie Zauner (North Olmstead) led the defensive effort with 26 digs, many of the acrobatic variety.  Sophomore setter Peyton Kellick (Lorain/Elyria Catholic) and freshman setter Angela Dunn (Fairview Park/Fairview) were credited with 23 and 21 assists, respectively.

“We had too many unforced errors,” Whitsel noted.  “But we showed a lot of determination to come back from a big deficit in the third set.”

LCCC is 11-13 overall and 3-7 in OCCAC action.  Tri-C improves to 10-13 overall and 4-5 in the conference.  The Challengers have won seven of their last nine matches.

LCCC will go on the road this weekend for matches at Sinclair CC and Edison CC on Friday night and Saturday morning, respectively.

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LCCC Volleyball Overcomes Slow Start to Defeat Clark State CC, 3-2

Kelli Warren Jumping to hit the volleyball

by Ken Hoffman, LCCC Sports Information

Oct. 6, 2017 — The Lorain County Community College volleyball team trailed 2-1 after three sets but turned it on for a five-set victory over Clark State CC — 23-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-17, 15-10 — on Friday evening in Springfield, OH.

Trailing two-sets-to-one, the Lady Commodores stepped up their performance to win the 4th set 25-17 before closing out the match with a 15-10 win in the 5th and deciding set.

“After a slow start, we had a better hitting percentage after the third set,” Head Coach Ted Whitsel pointed out.  “We took care of the ball, and our serve receive was spot on,” Whitsel commented.

The offense was again led by sophomore outside hitter Kelli Warren (Lorain Clearview) with 26 kills.  Freshman setter Angela Dunn (Fairview Park Fairview) contributed 33 assists.  Freshman outside hitter Tanea McCord (North Olmstead) was the top server with six aces.

Defensively, sophomore defensive specialist (DS) McKenzie Zauner (North Olmstead) was credited with 35 digs.  

“McKenzie, Tanea, Shannon (Minney; Amherst/Marion Steele) and Peyton (Kellick; Elyria Catholic) all contributed to our serve receive,” Whitsel noted.

LCCC swept the two-match season series from Clark State, including the 3-1 victory at home on Sept. 22. The Lady Commodores improve to 11-12 overall, 3-6 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Association (OCCAC).  

LCCC will play a home match against Cuyahoga CC on Wednesday evening, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.

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Lady Commodores Volleyball Loses at Top-Ranked Owens CC


By Ken Hoffman, LCCC Sports Information Director

Oct. 4, 2017 — The Lorain County Community College volleyball team lost Wednesday evening to Owens Community College (Toledo, OH), the #1-ranked National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) volleyball team in the country in DII.   

Even though the Lady Commodores lost in straight sets, 8-25, 6-25, 9-25, it marked the 9th consecutive conference (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference) match that Owens has won 3-0.  In fact, in Owens’ 23 matches (23-0, 9-0 in OCCAC), the Express have won 20 matches without losing a set.  Owens has only lost four sets all season out of 41 sets played to reach its 23-0 mark.  

The Express leads the OCCAC by three games in the loss column with a 9-0 record to date.

LCCC is now 10-12 overall and 2-6 in OCCAC play.  

The Lady Commodores will travel to Clark State on Friday for a 6 p.m. match.  LCCC won a home match the first time the two schools played this season on Sept. 22, 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18).

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All-Ohio Championships

Micah Swartz

by Ken Hoffman, LCCC Sports Information Director

The Lorain County Community College cross country teams competed in the All-Ohio Championships at Cedarville University on Friday afternoon, Sept. 29. The All-Ohio meet includes National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) divisions (D-I, D-II, DIII), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) divisions (D-I, D-II, D-III) and some NAIA schools.

The LCCC men’s team competes in the NJCAA D-III and tied Columbus State, their main D-III regional opponent.  However, Columbus State won the tiebreaker.  The two teams will meet again at the NJCAA Region 12 meet later this season. 

Overall, the men finished 37th of 38 teams.  LCCC and Columbus State were the only two-year colleges entering full teams.

Sophomore Micah Swartz led the LCCC squad once again, finishing the 8K course in 28:53.

The LCCC women’s team was paced by freshman Gabrielle Post, turning in a 6K time of 26:45.  Sophomore Heather Wigton finished just 27 seconds later in a time of 27:12. LCCC finished 38th of 40 teams, and was the only two-year college entering a full women’s team.

“It was a great experience for our young team to run at the All-Ohio Championships,’ Coach Jim Powers noted.  “There were over 50 colleges and universities represented.

“Five of our 12 runners surpassed the goals we set for this race, which was encouraging, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” Powers added.

The harriers’ next competition will be Oct. 14 at Oberlin College Invitational at noon.

Men 8K (325 runners)

Micah Swartz                     230th place           28:53
Zachery Hass                     298th place           33:04
Nathaniel Stumph            301st place            33:29
Phillip Miranda                  305th place           33:42
Kevin Jordan                      307thplace             34:47
Jaime Irizarry                     311th place            36:53 
Jacob Kelley                       322nd place           44:35

Women 6K (343 runners)

Gabrielle Post                     268th place        26:45
Heather Wigton                 281st place         27:12
Claire Bickley                     306th place         28:49
Emily Biltz                           324th place        33:27
Emma Roth                        343rd place        42:06

Lady Commodores Split Four Matches at Grand Rapids Tournament

McKenzie Zauner

by Ken Hoffman LCCC Sports Information Director

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017 — The Lorain County Community College volleyball team won two and lost two matches over the weekend at the annual Grand Rapids (MI) Tournament.

The Lady Commodores defeated Alpena (MI) in straight sets, 25-15, 25-11, 25-19 to open tournament play on Saturday, Sept. 30.   Sophomore DS (defensive specialist) McKenzie Zauner served up 9 aces and added 15 digs in the match.  Freshman Tanea McCord added 9 more digs.  Freshman S (setter) Angela Dunn and sophomore S Peyton Kellick topped the team in assists with 15 and 10, respectively.  Sophomore outside hitter Kelli Warren had a game-high 9 kills.

LCCC then played Waubonsee, the #16-ranked team in Division II with a 15-5 record. The Lady Commodores captured the 3rd set in a 3-1 loss, 21-25, 13-25, 25-20, 12-25.  Warren amassed 21 kills in the match while hitting 41%.  Freshman middle hitter Alana Carrion added 8 kills. Dunn and Kellick totaled 24 and 12 assists, respectively.  Zauner was credited with 23 digs and McCord dug up 10 more.

On Sunday, Oct. 1, LCCC turned in an outstanding performance in a five-set loss to St. Clair County (MI) Community College, 23-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-16, 10-15. Warren again paced the attack with 15 kills.  Carrion pounded 11 kills at a whopping 47.8% rate and participated in 6 blocks. Dunn (21) and Kellick (18) combined for 39 assists. Dunn added 13 digs to complement Zauner’s team-high 24 digs.

LCCC won its final match of the weekend in straight sets over Kalamazoo Valley, 25-16, 27-25, 25-22. Warren’s 7 kills led the team with freshman hitter Gloria Souter adding 6 kills and sophomore middle hitter Mary Williams contributing 4 more.  Zauner dug up 12 hits.  Kellick and freshman Shannon Minney each added 7 digs.

The defense, passing and hitting were all pointed out by Coach Ted Whitsel. “It was a very enthusiastic and hard-fought weekend,” Whitsel stated. “We were 2-and-2 in the tournament, took a set from a ranked team in D-II and passed the ball very well,” Whitsel said.

 “McKenzie, Tanea and Shannon really passed the ball well,” Whitsel noted.  “They complemented one another.  McKenzie also had 13 service aces and no errors.

“Alana blocked well, hit well and had another outstanding effort,” Whitsel added.

The next volleyball action is this Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Owens CC, the top-ranked team in D-II and leader of the OCCAC.

Box Score vs. Alpena
Box Score vs. Waubonsee
Box Score vs. St. Clair CCC
Box Score vs. Kalamazoo Valley

Commodore Invitational

Gabrielle Post

By Ken Hoffman, Sports Information Director

The Lorain County Community College Men’s Cross Country team hosted St. Clair County Community College this afternoon on the LCCC course and dropped a close 27-29 decision. The team was led by freshman Micah Swartz who finished first among all runners in a time of 30:12.02.

“I run better in the heat”,Swartz noted of the temperature in the high 80’s. Nathan Stumph finished 5th overall in 34:45.77 and Phillip Miranda also finished in the top 6 with a time of 35:28.28.

“This year we have a brand new team,” Coach Jim Powers stated.  “The high school boys are used to running 5K, so we’re just learning to pace ourselves.  I think this team can produce five runners all running the 8K in around 30-minutes.”

Swartz agreed with that assessment. “We are getting stronger as the season goes on.  Our big races are still ahead of us,” Swartz added.  “I think the cooler weather and flatter courses will help bring down our times as a team.”

Brandon Hughes led St. Clair CCC finishing more than a minute behind Swartz with a time of 31:15.64. 

The LCCC Women’s Cross Country Team finished 2nd to Cuyahoga Community College — 17-44 — and ahead of St. Clair CCC which did not field a complete team.

The LCCC women were paced by freshman Gabrielle Post and sophomore Heather Wigton, placing 5th and 6th, respectively, with times of 22:41.83 and 22:59.41

“I’m really proud of the women’s team,” Powers said. “”Two of our runners just joined the team today (Anna Zemanek and Emma Roth).  They were just thrown into it and they finished the race on a day like this (high 80’s).

The next cross country action for both the men and women will be next Friday, Sept. 29 at the All-Ohio Championships at Cedarville University at 2 p.m.

Men 8K (13 runners)

Micah Swartz                     1st place               30:12
Nathaniel Stumph            5th place               34:45
Phillip Miranda                  6th place               35:28
Zachery Hass                     8th place               37:21
Kevin Jordan                      9th place                38:07
Jaime Irizarry                     10th place              40:30 
Jacob Kelley                       13th place              49:09

Women 5K (18 runners)

Gabrielle Post                    5th place            22:41
Heather Wigton                 6th place            22:59
Claire Bickley                     14th place          24:45
Anna Zamanek                  16th place          28:04
Emily Biltz                           17th place          29:18
Emma Roth                        18th place          37:38

Lady Commodores Victorious Over Clark State

2017 Volleyball Team

By Ken Hoffman, Sports Information Director

The Lorain County Community College women’s volleyball team won for the sixth time in its last eight matches by defeating Clark State this evening, 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18 in an OCCAC match in Lorain, Ohio. 

The Commodores won the first two sets before Clark State came back to win the third set.  But LCCC dominated set #4 to take the match, 3-1. 

“I didn’t like the way we played tonight,” Coach Ted Whitsel stated.  “We played with a lack of intensity.  We need to play with high energy every time out, like we played against Columbus State.” 

“The first and second sets had high energy but we were flat in the third set,” Whitsel noted. 

Freshman Alana Carrion was tabbed as the No. 1 “Star of the Game.”  She added five kills and seven blocks to an all-around outstanding game. Freshman Gloria Souter was the No. 2 Star, contributing five ace serves and 8 kills in just 10 attempts. Sophomore McKenzie Zauner was credited with 37 digs and earned the 3rd Star of the match.  Freshman Angela Dunn was also singled out by Coach Whitsel for her all around play. 

Sophomore Kelli Warren added 11 kills and Freshman Tanea McCord served four aces. 

LCCC improves to 8-8 overall and 2-4 in the OCCAC.  Clark State falls to 4-7 and 1-4. 

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LCCC Volleyball Falls to Sinclair

Alana Carrion

By Ken Hoffman, Sports Information Director

The Lorain County Community College Women’s Volleyball Team lost a hard-fought match to Sinclair CC in four sets, 14-25, 17-25, 25-21, 22-25 on the LCCC campus this afternoon.

“We played with more intensity and hustle after the middle of game two,” Coach Ted Whitsel declared.  “We dug up a lot of balls today. Our defense was very solid and I was pleased with our back row execution,” Whitsel added.

“Sinclair had SO many blocks,” Whitsel emphasized.  “I don’t remember that many blocks in one match. And they have a strong offense.”  “#7 (Sarah Bettinger) and #16 (Shayna Bierlein) had really good games,” he added.

Sinclair won the first set 25-14, after starting with 7-2 and 13-8 leads. The lead opened to 17-10 and eventually 23-13 before the final 11-point victory.

Midway through the second set with LCCC trailing, 8-9 and then 8-12, Coach Whitsel called time-out.  From that point on, the team played with much more intensity, especially in the last two sets.

After dropping set two, 17-25, the Lady Commodores opened set three with a 7-2 lead on the way to a 25-21 win.  The set was tied at 10 before LCCC tied its biggest lead at 17-12.  Sinclair came to within one at 20-19 and 22-21 before the victors tallied the final three points of the set.

Set four went to the Lady Tartans, 22-25, in an extremely competitive and intense set.  Most of the set was as close as 2,3 or 4 points and stood at 22-24 before Sinclair earned the final point of the match.

Coach Whitsel gave the #1 Star of the Game to freshman middle hitter Alana Carrion for the second straight match.  Alana contributed 9 kills and a solid all-around performance.  Sophomore libero/defensive specialist McKenzie Zauner was Star #2, with 27 digs as part of a strong back row performance.  She also added two serving aces.  Star #3, sophomore outside hitter Kelli Warren, led the offense with 13 kill shots.

“I thought Kelli was our main “sideout” offensively, especially in the 3rd and 4th sets,” Whitsel offered.

Freshman Shannon Minney was credited with 14 digs and sophomore middle hitter Mary Williams contributed 7 kill shots.

Sinclair has now won 10 of its last 11 matches and sports an overall record of 12-8; 6-3 in the OCCAC.

LCCC is still 6-3 in its last 9 matches.  The Lady Commodores stand at 8-9 overall and 2-5 in the OCCAC.  Their next action is next weekend, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 at the Grand Rapids (MI) Tournament.

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JIMMY JOHN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK for September 11-17, 2017


Emily Patterson (5’7” Freshman from North Olmsted (North Olmsted HS))


Emily has had 32 saved shots on goal in three games for the LCCC Women’s Soccer Team this season, with some incredible saves. Emily has played soccer for 14 years. Her favorite food is chicken alfredo. She loves listening to rock music as well as pop. In her free time, she likes to hang out with family and friends when she is not working. She hopes to own her own business after she graduates from college. Great job in goal Emily!



Also nominated this week: Micah Swartz, Men’s Cross Country. Freshman from Lakewood. Micah ran a season and team best 29:15 (8K) to finish 31st out of 87 runners in the Penn State Behrend Invitational (Erie, PA) on Friday September 15th.

Penn State Behrend Invitational – 9/15/17


The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed at the Penn State Behrend Cross Country Invitational on Friday September 15th. The men finished 7th out of 8 full teams. Four of the seven men set personal bests at the meet. The women did not field a full team. LCCC will host the Commodore Invitational Meet on Friday September 22 at 4 pm. 

Men 8K (87 runners)

Micah Swartz                     31st place             29:15
Phillip Miranda                  61st place             33:02
Nathaniel Stumph             66th place            33:41
Zachery Hass                      67th place            33:43
Jaime Irizarry                     71st place             35:22
Kevin Jordan                      73rd place             35:44
Jacob Kelley                       85th place             44:48

Women 5K (94 runners)

Gabrielle Post                    46th place            22:43
Heather Wigton                53rd place            23:06
Claire Bickley                     56th place            23:11
Emily Biltz                           85th place            28:19