COLUMBUS – The #2 Central Community College Raiders cruised passed three ranked opponents over the weekend, only dropping one game to #1 Parkland to advance to 15-1.
The #2 Raiders dropped their opening match on the weekend to #1 Parkland 3-0, but turned around to topple #9 McHenry County College in 3 sets.
Raiders Head Coach Mary Young says, “Overall this weekend was a great tournament for us. We faced great competition and any time you see strong opponents, your team gets better. we were disappointed with our result against #1 Parkland, I think we learned a lot about ourselves and it will serve us well as the season progresses,”
“We really didn’t have an answer for Parkland’s setter; she distributed the ball extremely well and her fast release made it difficult for our blockers to read and slow their attack down at the net. They definitely have a powerful attack and play a great side out game, but I felt if we could have slowed them down and gotten a good first ball dig, we could have competed with them in transition.”
On Saturday the #2 Raiders took on #14 Illinois Central College, only dropping one set in the victory. Jacie Laetsch led the team offensively with 11 kills, while a tough defensive performance by Jess Eurek yielded 26 digs. CCC won in four sets, 25-17, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20.
Scotus alum Meghan Pieper led Central in match number 2, as they took on #6 Sauk Community College. The Raiders once again claimed victory after four sets, that inks to 15 kills by Pieper, and 13 kills by both Laetsch and Chainey Tompkin.
“I was happy with our ability to bounce back after the Parkland match and win against 3 ranked teams. I can’t say enough about the back court play and hustle of our libero Jessica Eurek; she passed well and played tremendous defense and really kept a lot of balls in play for us.”