The Cobras would run out to a 2-0 lead over the surprise team of the tournament, the #10 seed Glendale CC, only to see the Gauchos fight back and win three straight sets to win their first national title. Parkland would record their second consecutive National Runner-Up finish with an amazing two year record of 106-6. This team was a blast to cover and a very talented group of student athletes. Congratulations on another stellar season and although they couldn't bring home the title, its a great day to be a Cobra!
The #1 Cobras had a tough battle tonight in the NJCAA National Semifinal match vs #5 Columbus State. The Cougars brought in a 34-2 record in the match, and the two teams hadn't faced each other yet this year. CSU features the nation's highest team hitting percentage and led the nation in kills/set.
True to form, it was an offensive battle featuring lots of kills. The difference, however, was big Cobra blocks and blue-collar defense coupled with team confidence, effort and excitement as the Cobras swept the Cougars 25-23, 26-24, 25-16.
Lizzy Barnard had the match of her season with 11 kills, only 1 error, on 23 swings. She also collected 7 digs. Lori VanBeek continued her fine play with 8 kills and 7 blocks, and Elise Dahlke and Alayna Jackson collected 7 kills apiece. Madison Weldon (20 assists) and Morgan Hickman (16 assists and 9 digs) did another outstanding job distributing the offense, and Kaitlyn Hunt had another monster match in the back row with phenomenal serve receive and 13 huge digs. Kait's counterpart in the back row, Madison Harpest, dug 9 hard-hit balls and had a few service runs that helped push the Cobras to victory.
The win improved the Cobra record to 54-2 overall and more importantly propelled them to the National Championship match tomorrow against #10 Glendale (Arizona). #10 Glendale defeated defending national champion Cowley (Kansas) in the other semifinal match 28-30, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 20-18.
Tomorrow's match will be broadcast live on njcaatv.com as well as CobraSports.Net starting at 5:30pm Illinois time.
The #1 Cobras would continue their winning ways as the would win their second match of the day at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament.. This time is was the DMACC Bears on the other side of the net, as Parkland would take it 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 26-28, 25-20). The win propels the Cobras into the final four for the fourth straight year as they will take on Columbus State for a chance to play for the title Saturday..
The Cobra Volleyball team would finally start the action in the 2014 NJCAA D-II National Tournament with a 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-10, 25-20) win over Metropolitan CC-Longview. The #16 Lakers gave the Cobras a fight but Parkland would eventually pull away to advance to the quarter-finals. M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year Lori Van Beek would lead the way with 12 kills. Lizzy Barnard, Teigan Flaws, and Elise Dahlke would contribute 11,10, and 10 kills respectively in a balanced Cobra attack. Sophomore libero Kaitlyn Hunt would lead the defensive effort with 20 digs, as Parkland will now face the #8 seed DMACC Bears.
The #1 Parkland Cobras started off the postseason tonight hosting the District K semifinal match vs Rend Lake College.
PC swept Rend Lake 25-11, 25-19, and 25-17. Teigan Flaws led the offense with 9 kills and had 4 blocks. Lori VanBeek had 6 kills and 6 blocks while Kailey Kleinert had 6 kills and 5 blocks. Morgan Hickman had 15 assists and 4 digs while Madison Weldon had 8 assists and Kelly Lean had 6. Kaitlyn Hunt led the back row with 12 digs, and Alayna Jackson had 4 service aces.
Parkland picked up their 50th win of the season tonight ahead of the Cobras next match and finals of the District K on Saturday at 4pm in Belleville, Illinois where they will take on Lincoln Land CC. The Loggers swept Lewis and Clark this evening in Springfield. ICC and Lincoln College will meet in the other District Final at 2:00. The winner of that match punches their ticket to Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona November 20-22.
The #1 Parkland Volleyball team conclude their regular season with an impressive 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-16) win over the Bulldogs. The Cobras finish the season at (49-2) on the year as they will welcome the Rend Lake Warriors to Champaign on Wednesday night to kick off the Region 24 Tournament. The remainder of Regionals will be played in Belleville,IL.
The Cobra Volleyball team would start the final day of their regular season with an early match with Lincoln Trail, as they would cruise to a 3-0 (25-7, 25-8, 25-18) win. The two teams played ten days ago at Parkland with the same 3-0 win by the Cobras.
The Cobras would play their first match in the Parkland Halloween Invitational with a nice win over the Lakers of Lake Land 3-1 (25-5, 25-13, 22-25, 25-18).
The Cobra Women would take the field in the Region 24 Semi-Final with a somewhat surprising win over Lewis and Clark in the regular season, only to see their season end with a 1-0 loss. The Trailblazers would bring a potent scoring attack to Champaign after leading the nation in scoring on the year, but they would run into a stingy Parkland defense that kept them in the match the entire way. The lone goal would come from the top scorer in the country in Miriam Taylor, with just under thirty minutes to go in the first half. The Cobras would regroup at the half and come out firing in the second, but were unable to score and see their season come to an end. The Cobra were not without chances as Ginyce Haywood would have her penalty kick saved by the Trailblazer keeper and Monica Armendariz would have a goal disallowed on a difficult off sides call. Parkland finishes their season at (14-4).
As the #1 Parkland Volleyball team prepares to wrap up their regular season this weekend, they would first welcome the #20 Cavaliers of Kankakee to Champaign for a midweek showdown of ranked opponents. The Cobras would prove they deserve the top spot as they would cruise to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-7) win over the Cavaliers. After Parkland concludes their final three matches over the weekend the focus will shift to the Rend Lake Warriors who will come to town next Wednesday to start the Region 24 tournament.
The lone goal of the match would come just 90 seconds in as Dan Hughey would get credit for the goal as the ball would deflect of a defender and take a wild spin on the bounce and into the top corner of the net. The Cobras would have their share of opportunities, the best of which Feli Keti would get a touch on a ball in the box that would hit the underside of the crossbar and come straight down, never crossing the goal line. Parkland would have a few more chances late but were unable to keep their season alive as they fall to Southwestern Illinois College 1-0 in the Region 24 Semi-Finals. The Blue Storm advance to take on #1 seed ICC Saturday in East Peoria. The Cobras finish their season at (13-4).
The Parkland College Women's Soccer team would come into the post-season as the #2 seed in the Region 24 Tournament and would host #7 Lincoln, and it was all Cobras as they would cruise to a 9-0 win. Parkland would control the pace throughout the match and were never really threatned as they would out shoot the Lynx 26-1 in shots on goal. It was a balanced attack as the Cobras would see goals from seven different players in the win. It sets up a highly anticipated showdown with Lewis and Clark for Thursday afternoon at 2:00 as the #2 seeded Cobras will welcome the #3 seed Trailblazers with a birth in the Regional Championship on the line.
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team returned home on Thursday night and hosted two class-act guests in the Dodds Athletic Center. First, the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation group joined the Cobras for a scrimmage highlighting the successes of the Mustangs (one of two CUSR teams). PC partnered with the Cobras' opponent for the evening, Lincoln Trail, in celebrating the Mustangs ahead of their State of Illinois Special Olympic matches this coming weekend.
The Statesman, a first year program, traveled to Champaign for PC's final region match of the season. The Cobras swept LT 25-3, 25-11, and 25-8. Teigan Flaws led the offense hitting .727 with 8 kills, and Kailey Kleinert had 6 kills and 5 blocks while Rowan Crozier also had 6 kills and 3 blocks. Madison Weldon delivered 12 assists while Kelly Lean and Morgan Hickman had 7 each. Miaya Peacock led the defense with 6 digs while also scoring with 3 kills and 2 service aces.
PC improves to 43-2 overall ahead of two matches this Sunday at Millikin.