LCCC Volleyball Lands Two on OCCAC All-Decade Team
February 21, 2020 – – The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference recently announced its All-Decade Volleyball Team for 2010 to the 2020’s, which features two players from Lorain County Community College. Both products of Brookside High School in Sheffield Lake, Gabby Woods and Kady Whitsel (pictured) , led the 2014 LCCC team to the finals of the NJCAA Division III National Championship match.
In 2014, the sixth-seeded Commodores lost a five-set heartbreaker to top-ranked Madison College, in the National Championship match. The second-place finish was the highest national finish ever for an LCCC volleyball team. LCCC’s 2014 team dominated in the NJCAA national stat rankings, finishing first in kills (2033), kills/set (14.02), and assists (1761). They were second in assists/set (12.14) and digs (2860).
Over their careers from 2013 to 2015, LCCC teams accumulated 79 wins to only 39 losses for a .670 winning percentage, playing in a conference made up of both Division II (offer athletic scholarships) and Division III (no athletic aid), as well as perennial national championship contenders in both divisions.
Woods and Whitsel both earned First-Team NJCAA Division III All-American status, NJCAA All-Region XII First-Team, OCCAC First-Team All-Conference, and All-Tournament Team honors during their LCCC tenures. For her career, Woods (2013-2014) accumulated 601 kills, 151 total blocks, and 211 digs. Whitsel (2014-2015) dished out 1783 assists, picked up 1026 digs, had 442 kills, and served up 126 aces.
Lorain Head Coach, Ted Whitsel, commented, “I am very proud of both these young ladies; one is my daughter and the other is like a daughter. I have seen them grow as volleyball players and young adults since they were classmates at Brookside and they have been playing together since they were eleven. They have always been very hard workers at both sports and in the classroom. Gabby and Kady have made us proud with their accomplishments and dedication to LCCC and our volleyball program.”