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Volleyball – JCCC picked sixth in NJCAA preseason poll

08/14/13

Volleyball – JCCC picked sixth in NJCAA preseason poll

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College volleyball program has a rich tradition, but over the last 10 years the Lady Cavaliers have a string of success that rivals all the programs in the country. Johnson County has appeared in eight of the last 10 NJCAA D-II National Tournaments, including seven consecutively from 2005-11. JCCC also won the title in 2005, and finished runner-up in 2007, 2008 and 2010. 

The rest of the country agrees Johnson County is one of the elite programs again this season, picking them sixth in the annual NJCAA Division II Preseason Poll. The Cavaliers have appeared in the preseason poll in 11 of the previous 12 years, and have been a top-10 preseason pick eight straight years. 

However, Johnson County faces a brutal schedule that features 10 teams that appear in the D-II poll, and one in D-I. The Lady Cavaliers will be tested immediately, facing eight ranked programs in their first 14 matches of the season. Overall, seventeen of their 32 scheduled matches are against teams ranked to open the season. 

In their opening weekend Aug. 23-24, JCCC battles preseason No.1 and conference rival Cowley, No. 20 MCC-Longview and No. 5 Central-Columbus. The Lady Cavaliers play all three of those programs again later in the season. The other ranked teams on JCCC’s 2013 schedule include: Iowa Western (D-I No. 2-Aug. 31 and Oct. 5); Kirkwood  (No. 8-Aug. 31 and Sept. 28); Parkland (No. 3-Sept. 6); Kishwaukee (No. 10-Sept. 7); Kansas City Kansas (No. 14-Sept. 20); North Platte (received votes-Sept. 27); Iowa Central (received votes-Oct. 4) and Des Moines Area (No. 11-Oct. 18). 

Head coach Jennifer Ei returns four players from last year’s team that finished 28-6 and finished runner-up in the District Tournament. All four players were key to the team’s success last year. Middle hitter Preecy Seever headlines the returnees after earning first-team All-East Jayhawk Conference and All-Region VI/District M honors as a freshman.  Also back are outside hitter Lori Angello, setter Bethany Farres and libero Hannah Sittig. Ei also has added eight true freshmen, giving her a good blend of experience and youth. 

“We expect our team to be competitive and work hard throughout the season,” Ei said. “We also expect our team to be pushed. It is important to play good competition to see where we are and how hard we need to work. This team will grow and learn every day and will work together as a team.”

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.