Although the Golden Eagles of Rock Valley had been playing well this weekend coming in, they were no match for the Cobras as Parkland would sweep 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-15). The Cobras will conclude their tournament with a couple of tough matches on Sunday as they will take on #4 Johnson County and Lake Land.
The #1 Cobras would start off Day 2 of the Parkland Volleyball Invitational with a tough match with #17 Muskegon, and the Jayhawks proved to be a formidable opponent. After a close first set win for Parkland, Muskegon would charge right back and take the second to tie the match. After a dominant third set put Parkland up 2-1, it would be the Jayhawks battling back again and forcing the decisive fifth set. The Cobras would get out to a hot start in the set and withstood a Jayhawks run to hold on for the 3-2 win (25-23, 22-25, 25-9, 22-25, 15-12).
Next up for the Cobra Volleyball team was a matchup with the Owens CC Express, and Parkland would continue to look impressive. The Cobras would sweep Owens 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-17) to wrap up day 1 of the Parkland College Invitational. Parkland has two more matches on Saturday with a 1:15 match against Muskegon (MI) before playing the night cap versus Rock Valley.
The #1 Parkland College Volleyball team would continue their trend of battling top ten NJCAA programs as this time it was the #7 Kirkwood Eagles on the other side of the net. After dropping the first set, the Cobras remained calm and would cruise from there for the 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23) final.
The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras volleyball team finally got a chance to play at home tonight after 14 matches on the road facing conference and region opponent Lewis & Clark CC.
Unlike most opening home matches of a season, the Cobras came out confident and clean versus the Trailblazers taking an early 18-8 first set lead. The Blazers did a nice job fighting towards the end of set 1 to push the Cobra first set win to 25-16. But, Parkland came out with even more intensity in set 2 quickly winning the set 25-8. The third set saw L&C settle into a nice rhythm, forcing Parkland into some unnecessary errors, before PC rallied with a push at the end of the set to prevail in a 3-0 sweep with a score of 25-23 in the third.
All 15 Cobras got significant time tonight. Offensively, PC was led by Alayna Jackson's 8 kills hitting an impressive .636 while Lori VanBeek had 6 kills with an .857 hitting percentage. As a team, the Cobras hit an impressive .410 which was a season high. The trio of setters (Morgan Hickman, Madison Weldon and Kelly Lean) combined for 30 assists in the match while Madison Harpest had 3 aces and Weldon had 2.
Parkland improves to 14-1 overall and now 1-0 in the M-WAC. A special thank you to an amazing crowd in which we celebrated both area high school volleyball programs as well as the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Group. Next up for the Cobras is a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday at the Kankakee Invitational. The Cobras are in the five team field along with Kankakee, Sauk Valley, Ancilla, and Robert Morris.
Lincoln goal 19:00
Brennen Crose ( Zach Allevi) 37:00
Feli Keti (ua) 89:00
The Cobra women would put the pressure on the Lynx of Lincoln College early and often in what turned out to be a 8-0 rout of the M-WAC foe. Kaljit Atwal would register the hat trick as she would tally one in the first half and two more in the second to pace the Cobras. The win makes the Cobras (2-0) on the early season.
The Cobra Men would play in the final match at the 2014 Kick for Hunger tournament at Parkland College and end with a bang as they were able to shutout Kankakee and win 2-0. Jonathan Lukusa would tally both goals for the Cobras in the first half as they continued to threaten in the second but were unable to put another one in the net. The defense played well however to pace the win as Parkland improves to (4-0) on the season.
The Parkland College Women would start their season at home as a part of the Kick for Hunger tournament and look impressive coming out with a 3-0 win over Jackson College. The Cobras would lean heavily on two Freshman as Catherine McHale would score twice in the win, and Kaljit Atwal would pick up a goal as well.
The Parkland College Men's Soccer team would take on Region 24 opponent SWIC in the first home contest of the year for the Cobras. They wouldn't wait long to get their first goal on the new home field as Manny Rios would start the scoring with an impressive goal, and Gesi Muharremi following soon after with a penalty kick goal to give Parkland a 2-0 lead going into the half. The Cobras would go on another run where they would net another two goals, one each from Jonathan Lukusa and Andres Chalbaud. The last two goals would be sandwiched around the lone SWIC tally by Trent Kendrick to make the 4-1 final. The win puts the Cobras at (2-0) on the year as they prepare for the upcoming Kick Out Hunger Tournament hosted by Parkland College.
Former Parkland standout Kevin Kiermaier continues his outstanding rookie year by earning the nomination as the Tampa Bay Rays Heart and Hustle Award winner. Kiermaier, who is hitting the .315 with 8 home runs and 24 RBI is in St. Louis to face the Cardinals on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart & Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on the passion, desire, and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012) and Dustin Pedroia (2013).
The final winner will be announced Nov. 18, 2014, at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fund raiser for the series of free Legends for Youth baseball clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 110 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.
The 30 individual team winners are as follows:
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox: Adam Eaton
Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley
Detroit Tigers: Don Kelly
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Mike Trout
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
New York Yankees: Brett Gardner
Oakland Athletics: Josh Donaldson
Seattle Mariners: Kyle Seager
Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Kiermaier
Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle
Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves: Jason Heyward
Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz
Cincinnati Reds: Skip Schumaker
Colorado Rockies: Corey Dickerson
Los Angeles Dodgers: Dee Gordon
Miami Marlins: Christian Yelich
Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy
New York Mets: Daniel Murphy
Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley
Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Harrison
San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross
San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence
St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter
Washington Nationals: Ian Desmond