The Central Community College volleyball team defeated Iowa Central Community College, 3-2, at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. The victory gives the Raiders a 9th place finish in the tournament.
The Raiders took the first two sets with victories of 25-23 and 27-25. The Tritons even the match at two games apiece with a 25-18 win in set 3 and a 25-12 triumph in set 4. CCC outlasted ICCC in the fifth set with a 17-15 win.
“It was a great ending to the tournament and season,” said CCC head coach Mary Young. “We didn’t win very pretty and we let a two-set lead dwindle. Still, we found a way to pull together and fight for the win in the decisive set. We finished with three solid wins and anytime you complete a season with a win, it’s a great thing.”
Chainey Tompkin had 14 kills, while Jacie Laetsch had a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs. Paxton Throne dished out 45 assists and logged 17 digs. Lexi Holland led the way with 21 digs, while Maddie Davis finished with 12.
“We had great support from our parents and families in Charleston,” said Young. “I’ve always thought we had the best fans and it was awesome to be awarded the Sportsmanship Award.”
With the victory, the Raiders finish the 2017 season with a mark of 36-11.
“Overall this a been such a great year of adversity and many teams would have given up,” said Young. “I’m so proud of my team and it’s been a great ride with them. We will really miss our sophomores. They are not only great athletes, but tremendous young ladies.”