Back-to-back matches of hitting .500 has earned Hutchinson Community College freshman right-side hitter/setter Aubrey Wilson NJCAA National Player of the Week honors.
Wilson a 5-foot-10 freshman from Bennington had an exceptional all-around week in Hutchinson’s two Jayhawk West victories at Dodge City and Butler.
For the week, Wilson hit .500 and averaged 3.00 kills, 1.50 blocks and 5.33 assists in HCC’s 6-2 offense.
Against Dodge City, Wilson posted her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 17 assists in a sweep of the Conquistadors. She added three blocks and hit .500 for the match. She had 10 kills on 18 swings with only one error at Dodge City.
In HCC’s 3-0 victory on Saturday at Butler, Wilson had eight kills on 12 swings with two errors for a .500 attack percentage. Wilson also had six blocks, three digs and 15 assists in a victory that clinched a tie for the conference championship.
For the season, Wilson is averaging 1.68 kills per set hitting .232, 4.70 set assists, 1.47 digs and 0.77 blocks per set.
Wilson is the first Blue Dragon volleyball player to earn NJCAA National Player of the Week honors since Bailea Phelan in 2009.
(HCC Sports Information)
The significance of a huge overtime road victory last week has helped the Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team vault three spots in this week’s NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Poll to No. 13.
The ranking is the highest of the season for the Blue Dragons, unranked in the preseason poll, but now two wins away from an outright Jayhawk Conference championship.
The Blue Dragons (11-1-1) have won seven games in a row and are unbeaten in their last 10. HCC is 2-1-1 in overtime games in 2014.
Hutchinson made the jump in the polls with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory at No. 15 Butler on Friday in El Dorado. Freshman Renee Gillespie scored the game winner, her second goal of the game, just 25 seconds into overtime. That snapped a four-game losing streak to the Grizzlies and was a second-straight victory over a nationally ranked opponent.
Hutchinson is one of three Jayhawk Conference teams ranked this week. Johnson County (14-4-0) moved in at No. 18, just ahead of Butler (9-4-3).
The lone remaining unbeaten team in the Jayhawk Conference, Hutchinson still has two league games remaining before being able to clinch a fourth Jayhawk crown. The Dragons travel to Garden City at 6 p.m. on Friday and then play host to
Neosho County next Wednesday at the Salthawk Sports Complex.
(HCC Sports Information)
NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S SOCCER POLL – Week 7
College Record Points Prev.
1. Iowa Western Community College (5) 13-0-1 100 1
2. Tyler Junior College 15-0-1 94 2
3. Eastern Florida State College 9-1-0 79 4
3. Otero Junior College 12-1-1 79 5
3. Monroe Community College 12-2-1 79 6
6. Monroe College 12-1-0 72 3
7. Southwestern Illinois College 14-0-2 71 7
8. Cisco College 10-3-1 62 8
8. Lewis & Clark Community College 14-2-1 62 9
10. Navarro College 8-4-1 54 10
11. Pima Community College 13-3-2 53 13
12. Darton State College 13-2-0 46 12
13. Hutchinson Community College 11-1-1 37 16
14. Jones County Junior College 15-0-0 35 14
15. Laramie County Community College 11-4-1 31 11
16. Schoolcraft College 9-1-1 24 17
17. Parkland College 12-30-0 19 19
18. Johnson County Community College 14-4-0 15 RV
19. Butler Community College - KS 9-4-3 7 15
19. Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa 8-10-0 7 20
Other schools receiving votes: USU-College of Eastern Utah (12-2-2); Spartanburg Methodist College (13-1); Paradise Valley Community College (11-4-3).
A lot has happened to the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team since its last home match on Oct. 8 against Colby.
When the Blue Dragons take the Sports Arena floor on Wednesday night against the Pratt Beavers, they will do so already having clinched the 2014 Jayhawk West championship with three games remaining in the league season.
Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena. The match will be videostreamed on the Blue Dragon Sports Network at 6:25 p.m.
The Blue Dragons (20-9 overall) clinched its third-straight league crown on Monday with a four-set victory at Seward County. HCC is 13-0 in the Jayhawk West and, with three remaining matches, has a four-game lead over Cloud County and Colby.
BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL
HUTCHINSON (20-9, 13-0) vs. Pratt (20-9, 8-5)
When: Wednesday, October 22
At: Hutchinson Sports Arena, Hutchinson, KS
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Videostream: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 6:25 p.m.
The Beavers are one of three Jayhawk West teams to reach 20 victories for the season – Hutchinson and Seward County are the others – and are in a four-way battle for the second, third and fourth seeds for the Region VI Tournament, which will be at the Sports Arena on Nov. 9-10. The Beavers and Seward County are tied for fourth at 8-5.
Pratt raced out to a 13-3 start to the season and were 3-0 in the Jayhawk West. After a loss to Cloud County, the Beavers have gone 7-6 since, including a 3-1 loss to Hutchinson on September 24 at Pratt.
Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Darby led the Blue Dragons on Sept. 24 with 14 kills as HCC out-hit Prat .198-(-) .017. HCC out-blocked Pratt 16-0. Petra Silic had 10 total blocks.
Like it was on Sept. 24, Wednesday’s match will be a matchup of the Jayhawk West’s top blocking team – Hutchinson (2.76 blocks per set); and top digging team – Pratt (20.81 digs per set).
The Blue Dragons are averaging 11.82 kills per set, hitting .225. Nicole Kinser continues to lead the team at 3.34 kills per set, hitting .392, which is No. 1 in the Jayhawk Conference and No. 13 in the NJCAA.
Silic continues to be the top conference player in blocks at 1.42 blocks per set, which ranks 10th in the NJCAA.
The Blue Dragons travel to the Jefferson College Tournament to play Illinois Central, Jefferson College, Indian Hills and Missouri State-West Plains. HCC will close out the regular season next week with a pair of home matches against Cloud County on Tuesday and Barton on Oct. 30.
(HCC Sports Information)
WINFIELD – Despite shooting the low team round of Tuesday, the No. 9-ranked Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team couldn’t completely close a nine-stroke gap it faced to start the day and finished second in the South Central Kansas Invitational on Tuesday at the Winfield Country Club.
The Blue Dragons shot a round of 299 in Tuesday’s final 18 holes the shaved away at that nine-stroke deficit, but Southwestern College held on to claim the team title with a 36-hole total of 586, shooting 302 on Tuesday. HCC finished at 592. Kansas City and Barton tied for third at 613.
All six Blue Dragon golfers placed in the individual Top 20.
Sophomore Dominic Lara jumped 10 places on Tuesday to finish fourth at 2-over 146, which was eight strokes out of first place. Lara carded a 1-under 71 on Tuesday, his fifth under-par round this fall.
Sophomore Dax Shaw tied for fifth at 148. Shaw shot 75 on Tuesday. Freshman Chase Coble closed with a 76 and placed 10th overall at 149. Sophomore Fraser Dawson shot 78 on Tuesday and wound up tied for 11th at 150. Freshman Lewis Schenk tied for 17th at 154 after a second-straight 77.
Individual player, freshman Quentin Henricks, struggled on Tuesday with an 82. He finished 19th at 155.
The Blue Dragons will close out the fall schedule of the 2014-15 season next week in Waco, Texas, at the Coca-Cola Classic.
(HCC Sports Information)
With a decisive victory over Highland on Saturday and an upset of No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Hutchinson Community College football team moved up spot in the latest NJCAA Football released on Tuesday.
Now No. 4, the Blue Dragons will play in the NJCAA Game of the Week on Saturday when HCC plays at No. 2 Iowa Western in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The Blue Dragons defeated Highland 58-35 on Saturday at Gowans Stadium. HCC was able to move up one spot in the poll and closed to within 7.5 points of now No. 3 Trinity Valley after then No. 3 Gulf Coast was upset 29-26 by No. 19 Copiah-Lincoln on Saturday.
The Blue Dragons had been No. 5 for five consecutive weeks before Tuesday. It’s the highest ranking for the Blue Dragons since being ranked No. 3 in Week No. 2 of 2011.
The JC Gridiron.com Dirty 30’s Top 3 has East Mississippi, Iowa Western and Hutchinson.
East Mississippi maintains its No. 1 ranking, followed by Iowa Western, Trinity Valley and Hutchinson. Mississippi Gulf Coast fell to seventh after the loss.
With Coffeyville’s 37-34 victory over Butler, the Red Ravens move up two spots to No. 15. The Grizzlies drop five slots to No. 19.
Hutchinson has been ranked now in 15 consecutive polls and in 70 of the past 76 NJCAA football polls dating back to 2008.
(HCC Sports Information)
NJCAA FOOTBALL POLL – Week 8
Record Points Last Poll
1. East Mississippi CC (6) 8-0 208.0 1
2. Iowa Western CC (2) 8-0 197.0 2
3. Trinity Valley CC (1) 8-0 184.5 4
4. Hutchinson CC 8-0 177.0 5
5. Scottsdale CC 7-1 158.0 6
6. Snow College 7-1 149.5 7
7. Mississippi Gulf Coast CC 7-1 135.5 3
7. Central Lakes-Brainerd 8-0 135.5 8
9. Nassau CC 7-0 132.5 9
10. Arizona Western College 8-1 123.0 10
11. Kilgore College 7-1 110.5 12
12. Navarro College 6-2 83.0 15
12. Copiah-Lincoln CC 6-2 83.0 19
14. Dakota College at Bottineau 7-1 75.0 13
15. Coffeyville CC 6-2 65.5 17
16. ASA College 4-1 57.5 16
17. Hudson Valley CC 7-0 53.0 18
18. Tyler JC 6-2 41.5 11
19. Butler CC 5-3 15.0 14
20. Glendale CC 5-3 8.5 NR
Others receiving votes: Jones County JC (5-3, 8 pts.); Blinn College (4-3, 6 pts).
Football Computer Rankings account for 1/3 of ranking points.
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