Athletic Event

Region IV Playoffs (Semi-Finals and Championship)

Lady Chiefs qualify for NJCAA National Tournament for first time ever with win over Kankakee

Conference: No

Opponent: Kankakee Community College
25 - 19 (W)
25 - 20 (W)
25 - 20 (W)

Opponent: Sauk Valley Community College
21 - 25 (L)
26 - 24 (W)
23 - 25 (L)
21 - 25 (L)

Opponent: Kankakee Community College
25 - 15 (W)
20 - 25 (L)
25 - 14 (W)
25 - 20 (W)

Unranked Waubonsee downed 20th-ranked Kankakee Community College to advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in school history. The Lady Chiefs (35-14) secured the Region IV Division II District B title by knocking off the Cavaliers in four games. Waubonsee began the day by sweeping past Kankakee in three straight games, before falling to their nemesis this season Sauk Valley Community College. The top-seeded Skyhawks (36-6) beat the Lady Chiefs for the second time this season, taking four close games to capture the Distict A title. Meanwhile, Kankakee (35-16) defeated Black Hawk East College (30-15) to stay alive and move into a second meeting with the Lady Chiefs. Waubonsee once again turned back the Cavaliers, winning in four games to capture the District B crown for the first time ever. The victory also gave head coach Steve Kish's crew 35 wins on the season, tying the school record for wins in a season which was set in 1994 and equaled by last year's team as well. 

In their first win over Kankakee the Lady Chiefs nearly won all three games by an identical score. Waubonsee took game one 25-19, and then won the next two 25-20 to take the match. Per the formula for success that they've used throughout much of the season, they got contributions from numerous players en route to victory. Laura Lyons paced the attack with 15 kills, 23 digs and two aces. Erin Bowe also pitched in with 14 kills, 24 digs and three blocks. Sharing time at setter with Ashley Prost, Ellie Martin posted 20 assists and 11 digs while Prost booked 14 assists. Kaitlyn Richter added 16 digs and three blocks, and Allison Humes had seven kills and two blocks. Shayna Tucek chipped in with 15 digs, Faith Montalbano tallied six kills and eight digs, and Amber Konen registered nine digs.

The Lady Chiefs then came up just short against the 11th-ranked Skyhawks. Sauk Valley won the first game 25-21 before Waubonsee hung on to take game two 26-24. The pivitol third game went to the Skyhawks by the narrowest of margins as Sauk won 25-23. The Skyhawks then punched their ticket to nationals by taking the fourth game 25-21. Lyons again led the way for Waubonsee with 15 kills and 20 digs. Martin booked 45 assists and 15 digs, while Bowe recorded 13 kills and 22 digs. Humes tallied 15 kills and made two blocks, Richter added 23 digs and two blocks, and Konen chipped in with 10 digs.

Kankakee and Waubonsee then battled again to decide who would be one of the final 16 teams in the country. Waubonsee grabbed the first game in convincing fashion with a 25-15 victory. Kankakee bounced back to take the second game 25-20 before Waubonsee again took control of the match with a resounding 25-14 triumph in game three. The Lady Chiefs then clinched the program's first ever Region IV title and appearance at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament with a 25-20 victory in game four. Lyons once more was the spark to Waubonsee's attack as she registered 18 kills and 21 digs. Bowe tallied 16 kills, 25 digs and two blocks, while Humes added 10 kills, 11 digs and two aces. Martin and Prost again split time directing the Lady Chiefs' offense, finishing with 21 and 27 assists, respectively. Waubonsee totaled 124 digs in the four-game match, with Richter booking 18 digs, Tucek contributing 15 digs, and Konen chipping in with a dozen digs.

The Lady Chiefs subsequently received the 13th seed for the 2014 NJCAA Division II National Tournament and will face the 4th seed Pasco-Hernando (FL) State College (35-8) at 3:00 p.m. (MDT) on Nov. 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. Sauk Valley was seeded 11th and will play the sixth seed Cowley County (KS) College (27-11) earlier that day at 9:00 a.m. (MDT). All the matches can be watched live via the internet at www.njcaatv.com For additional information, log onto the NJCAA website at www.njcaa.org