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Volleyball - JCCC showing signs of improvement

09/12/17

Volleyball - JCCC showing signs of improvement

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – After opening the 2017 season with five straight loses, all to ranked teams, the Johnson County Community College volleyball team finished 3-2 last week, and are showing signs they are getting better.  The Lady Cavaliers went on the road at swept No. 18 Kansas City Kansas Sept., 6, and followed by going 2-2 at the Kirkwood Invitational Sept. 8-9, defeating No. 12 Illinois Central 3-1 and No. 9 McHenry County 3-2, while falling to No. 6 Sauk Valley 2-3 and No. 1 Parkland 1-3.

“We faced another weekend of great competition,” said JCCC coach Jennifer Ei. “We are continuing to get better and play together. We know we need to learn to play more disciplined volleyball.”

Ei said the team played well the first set and into the second against Parkland, but made too many unforced errors to finish the second set and they struggled to defend their right side attacker. In the next match against McHenry, the Lady Cavaliers lost the first two sets, but rebounded to take the next three and match.

“That helped show our growth in pushing through adversity at crunch time,” said Ei. “The team had a good weekend against top ranked teams. We look to get back into the gym and get more disciplined as a team.”

Freshman setter Jade Askren put together an impressive week running the offense. Askren produced 171 assists in the five matches last week for an average of 8.14 per set. During that span, she recorded two of her top single season assist totals for the season. In the five set loss to Sauk Valley, Askren set season highs for assists with 41 and digs with 10. Two matches later in a five-set win over McHenry County, she established a new match high in assists with 44.

Sophomore middle/right side hitter Meghan Tauke also put together an impressive week. She hit .370 over the five matches, collected 53 kills, 16 blocks and 12 digs.

On the defensive side, freshman libero Torey Burkhardt led the way with 64 digs, reaching double digits in three of the five matches.

Johnson County returns to the court Wednesday, Sept. 13 when they host Allen Community College followed by another home match against a nationally-ranked Coffeyville Community College squad Wednesday, Sept. 20. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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