NJCAA Division II National Tournament
Lady Chiefs fall to Pasco-Hernando State (FL) in first match at NJCAA Division II National Tournament
Opponent: #4 Pasco-Hernando (FL) State College (38-5)
19 - 25 (L)
25 - 27 (L)
22 - 25 (L)
(Phoenix, Ariz.)--- Making their first ever appearance in the NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Tournament in school history, Waubonsee showed some first time jitters in losing to Pasco-Hernando State (FL) College in three straight games. The 13th-seeded Lady Chiefs fell to the 4th-seeded Conquistadors 25-19, 27-25 and 25-22 in their opening match at Phoenix College in Arizona. Waubonsee (35-15) trailed early on in the first game and never could quite catch up. The Lady Chiefs got on track in game two, rallying to take the lead 18-15. However, a controversial call reversed a point in favor of Pasco-Hernando to turn a three-point lead into just one. The game remained tight with Waubonsee grabbing a 24-23 lead. But the Lady Chiefs were unable to put away the Conquistadors (39-5) who ultimately escaped with a 27-25 victory. The third game was also close throughout, but Pasco-Hernando was able to keep Waubonsee at arm’s length to secure the three-point win and take the match.
As she has for most of the season, Erin Bowe led the way for Waubonsee. The sophomore from Rosary High School finished with nine kills, two blocks and two aces. Ellie Martin booked 25 assists and 12 digs, while Kaitlyn Richter added 16 digs. Allison Humes contributed eight kills and Faith Montalbano had four blocks in the loss. Laura Lyons, Waubonsee's third leading scorer for much of the season, finished with just four kills after spraining her left ankle early in the second game and did not return. Pasco-Hernando's 6'2" outside hitter Logan Miller was a force throughout the match as she registered 16 kills, while setter Teddi Wright guided the Conquistadors offense tallying 42 assists.
Waubonsee will now square off against Iowa Central Community College (30-17) in an elimination match at noon (MDT) on Friday, Nov. 21. The Lady Chiefs dropped a four-game match to Iowa Central earlier this fall at a tournament in Des Moines. All the matches are streamed ‘live’ via the Internet at www.njcaatv.com/volleyballchamp.