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Coach Ted Whitsel
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email:  twhitsel@lorainccc.edu
   

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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.
Box Score   


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.
Box Score   


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.
Box Score   


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.
Box Score 


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