CASPER, Wyo. - The Hutchiinson Community College volleyball team completed a memorable weekend at the 2015 NJCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament with three-straight wins and the program's first national placing since 2009.
Hutchinson defeated North Idaho College in five sets - 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 14-25, 15-11 - to finish ninth in the 2015 national tournament at the Casper Events Center. Hutchinson's last national placing came in 2009, also a ninth-place finish. This was Hutchinson's sixth overall national placing.
The Blue Dragons complete the season with a 34-9 record. HCC recorded three-straight national tournament wins over Wallace State, College of Central Florida and North Idaho. It was HCC's second five-set win over North Idaho this season.
Sophomore Jai Chapman had 18 kills and hit .333 to lead the Blue Dragons on Saturday. Chapman posted her 16th double-double of the season with 14 digs.
Sophomore Petra Silic had 14 kills and hit a tournament-high .346. She added nine total blocks, including a double-block with Aubrey Wilson on match point.
Wilson, the 2015 Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player, hit .486 with 13 kills, six block and 29 set assists.
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LIBERAL – Sophomore Mandy Madden scored a game-high 21 points to lead the No. 3 Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team to a 78-53 victory over Frank Phillips College at the Billy’s/Days Inn Classic at Seward County’s Greenhouse.
Hutchinson improves to 7-0 overall and will play Fort Carson Military Base at 2 p.m. on Saturday to close out its first road trip of the season.
Scoring 20 or more points for the second time in her career, Madden hit 7 of 12 shots from the field and was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. The sophomore from Topeka also had five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Freshman Kirea Rogers finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. She was 5 of 7 from the floor and dished out three assists.
Freshman Lakin Preisner was the third Blue Dragon to score in double figures with 11 points. Inja Butina, Ralena Phillips and Taylor Stahly had seven points each.
The Blue Dragons shot 43.6 percent for the game (24 of 55), hitting 7 of 22 from 3-point range and 22 of 23 from the free-throw line. HCC out-rebounded Frank Phillips 42-36, but had 17 turnovers while forcing 19 Plainswomen turnovers.
Demi Read had 19 points to lead Frank Phillips. Symone Willis had nine for the Plainswomen.
Frank Phillips shot 32.3 percent for the game (20 of 62), hitting only 3 of 22 from 3-point range and 10 of 19 from the free-throw line.
The game was tied 7-7 in the first quarter when the Blue Dragons closed the period with a 9-2 run over the final two minutes to carry a 16-9 lead into the second quarter. The Blue Dragons shot 48 percent in the first half, holding Frank Phillips to 31 percent as Hutch built a 37-23 halftime lead with a 23-14 second quarter.
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CASPER, Wyo. – For only the second time since 2009, a Region VI champion has claimed a victory at the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament.
On both occasions, those victories belong to Hutchinson Community College.
Sophomore Jai Chapman had 14 kills to lead the Blue Dragons to a 3-0 victory over Wallace State in an opening-round consolation match at the Casper Events Center. HCC won for the 32nd time this season with a 25-14, 30-28, 25-22 victory.
Hutchinson will now play Central Florida at approximately 5:30 p.m. CT in a second-round consolation match. The winner will play for ninth place on Saturday.
Hutchinson’s last national tournament victory came in 2012 in an opening-round consolation victory over the same Wallace State program it defeated on Friday.
Hutchinson hit .219 as a team with 47 kills on 128 attacks. For the second-straight national tournament match, the Blue Dragons were out-blocked, this time 10-6.
Chapman hit .257 to lead the Blue Dragons. She added eight digs.
Petra Silic was the only other Blue Dragon in double figures with 10 kills, hitting .208. After being shut out yesterday in blocks against Iowa Western, Silic had four block assists.
Aubrey Wilson had eight kills on .389 hitting with 16 set assists. Johanna Voss had a postseason-high five kills and two solo blocks. Seven different Blue Dragons had at least three kills in the match.
The Blue Dragons cut down dramatically on their service errors against Wallace State. HCC had six aces and five errors. McKenzie Steele tied a career high with four aces. She also added 15 digs. He first dig of the match made her the third player in HCC history to reach 1,100 for a career.
Tarynn Stueder finished with 23 assists, three digs and one ace for the Blue Dragons. Maddi Cumpston tallied 10 digs.
The Blue Dragons held Wallace State to .152 hitting on 105 swings. Didavia Hall had 10 kills and seven blocks to lead Wallace State. She was shut out in the first set.
Leading 8-5 in the first set, the Blue Dragons broke the set open with a 7-0 run that was capped by a double block by Marija Martinovic and Silic. The lead grew to 20-10 on a Chapman kill. HCC out-hit Wallace State .156-(-) .148 to claim the win. Chapman had five kills in the set.
HCC led 18-9 in the second after a Chapman kill. But Wallace State found its way back into the set. After Wallace cut the lead to 22-15, the Lions went on a 6-0 run to pull within 22-21. The Dragons made it 24-22 after a Silic kill, but Wallace State scored the next three to come within a point of tying the set. HCC fought off three set points. Wallace State fought off three set points, but a net violation and a Silic kill on a Lion overdig gave HCC a 30-28 win and a 2-0 match lead.
Hutch jumped out to an 11-8 lead in the third set after a Stueder ace. A Katarina Nicic kill moved the lead to 20-14, but the Lions rallied again with a 5-0 run to pull within one. Wilson, Chapman and Silic all had kills to push the Dragon lead to 24-19.Wallace State scored three straight to pull within two, but Chapman hammered a shot cross court off the dig for the match winner.
MATCH NOTES – HCC’s 32nd win this season ties for the 13th most in program history. … The Dragons are now 7-7 against nationally ranked teams
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