Three Cobra teams in the top 20 in latest NJCAA polls. The Volleyball team remains #1 for the third straight poll after a 5-0 week saw them improve to (18-1) on the season. Women's Soccer (5-1) enters the poll at #15 while the Men (6-1) drop a spot to #20. The Men face off against #6 Illinois Central Wednesday afternoon in East Peoria while the Women are off until Monday.
The Volleyball team will host their annual Invitational this Friday-Sunday and as usual the tourney is loaded with top NJCAA programs. In addition to the #1 Cobras, the field includes #4 Johnson County KS, #6 Illinois Central, #7 Kirkwood, #13 Iowa Central, #16 Des Moines Area CC, #17 Muskegon, and #23 Owens CC as well as a very tough Lake Land College team.
Parkland match schedule for Invite:
Friday September 19
4:15 #1 Parkland vs #7 Kirkwood
7:45 vs #23 Owens
Saturday September 20:
1:15 vs #17 Muskegon
6:30 vs Rock Valley
Sunday September 21:
10:45 vs #4 Johnson County
12:30 vs Lake Land
The #1 Cobras traveled to Lincoln Illinois for a conference match on Wednesday night vs the 6-3 Lincoln College Lynx. PC controlled the tempo in the first two sets, had a minor stumble in the third, and then regained their composure in the fourth to take the match 25-8, 25-15, 19-25, 25-15. Credit to Lincoln for playing loose, confident volleyball in set 3 to push the match to a fourth.
Lori VanBeek led the offense with 10 kills, and Lizzy Barnard and Elise Dahlke both registered 7 apiece. Morgan Hickman had 20 assists while Madison Weldon had 15 assists and 8 digs. Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 14 digs in the contest.
The Cobras improve to 19-1 overall and 2-0 in the M-WAC. Lincoln drops to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Parkland has six matches this weekend in the always difficult Parkland Invite. PC kicks off with #7 Kirkwood on Friday at 4:15pm. The Eagles are an impressive 13-1 on the season.
In a battle of ranked M-WAC foes, #6 ICC knocked off #20 Parkland 3-1 in East Peoria. The win moved ICC to (8-0 3-0) while PC drops to (6-2 2-1).
Parkland started the match well but it was ICC who scored first as they were awarded a controversial penalty kick just 8 minutes into the match and converted the opportunity into a 1-0 lead. The score would remain the same until it was PC's turn to get a penalty when Jonathan Lukusa was brought down in the box. Andreas Chalbuad stepped up calmly and tucked the ball into the back of the net to tie the match at 1.
The second half ICC stepped up their attack and scored just seven minutes in as a cross from a free kick was headed in, to give the Cougars the lead. Just four minutes later ICC would hang tough and converted after a loose ball was picked up after Cobra goal keeper Harry Rook had denied two previous shots. Parkland had two great chances to score in the final minutes but the ICC defense rose to the occasion and kept the Cobras off the board.
Parkland will be off until next Tuesday when they will host Lincoln Land starting at 4:00 in another key M-WAC showdown.
The women's soccer team outshot Heartland 15-2 but the Hawks scored the only goal of the afternoon as they upended the Cobras 1-0 in Normal. Hailee Whitmire scored on a breakaway 9 minutes into the second half and Heartland made it stand up as they grab the lead in the M-WAC with the win. Parkland drops to (5-1 2-1) while Heartland is now (3-1-1 2-0). The women are off until Monday when they host the Trinity University JV starting at 4:00.
The #19 men's soccer saw their winning streak come to an end as they were shutout by Lewis and Clark 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. The two teams were evenly matched and scoring opportunities were hard to come by. The Blazers had the first real chance midway through the opening half but Cobra goalie Harry Rook made an impressive save. PC had a couple of chances late in the half but were unable to connect.
The second half was a more wide open affair as the Cobras came out fired up and had three shots on goal in the opening five minutes. Zach Allevi and Jonathan Lukusa had the best opportunities but were turned away. Lewis and Clark held firm and finally managed to break the deadlock in the 70th minute on a counter attack. A long ball beat the PC defenders and the Blazers drilled home a shot from just inside the box. Parkland would not go quietly but could not score as L&C held on for the win.
PC now stands (6-1) on the season and will travel to #10 Illinois Central (7-0) on Wednesday night in a key M-WAC showdown.
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up the Cavalier Invite in Kankakee with two more 3-0 sweeps.
In the first match, the Cobras defeated Ancilla College of Indiana 25-13, 25-19, 25-9. Lizzy Barnard led the offense with 7 kills, Alayna Jackson had 6, and Teigan Flaws and Elise Dahlke had 5 apiece. Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon had 12 assists apiece and Kelly Lean had 9. Madison Harpest scored 10 points on her serve while Hickman had 4 aces. Kaitlyn Hunt also had 11 digs for the Cobras.
In the second match, PC faced off with NAIA and four-year school Robert Morris University of Springfield. PC swept RMU 25-15, 25-10, 25-11. Lori VanBeek led the Cobras with 9 kills. Ayla Dew got her career high with 8 kills, and Maiya Peacock also had 5. Kelly Lean led the Cobras with 15 assists, and Madison Weldon had 14. Dew also had 10 service points and 3 aces while Weldon had 4 aces of her own. VanBeek had 5 blocks in the match.
Parkland improves to 18-1 and next face Lincoln College in Lincoln on Wednesday evening.
The Cobra women's soccer team came up with their best effort of the young season as they stunned #11 and previously unbeaten Lewis and Clark 1-0 in Champaign on Saturday. The Blazers entered the contest a perfect 7-0 and had outscored their opponents 60-0 in those seven matches.
On Saturday it was the Cobras who were the aggressive team early and it paid off when Ginyce Haywood scored on an assist from Davia Morrison 29 minutes into the match, as Parkland converted after a pair of missed opportunities near the goal. The two teams would play evenly for the remainder of the half as the Cobras would take that 1-0 lead into the break.
The first 15 minutes of the second half was all Lewis and Clark as they came out fired up and quickly put up three shots to start the half but could not connect. After holding off the Blazers attack the Cobras regained control over the final 30 minutes and just missed on a pair of scoring opportunities by Catherine McHale. L&C goalie Rachel Widdick's save with just under 12 minutes left denied the first shot while McHale's second was just over the top of the goal.
The Blazers would have a couple of opportunities late but the Cobras used a strong defensive effort to hold on for the win. PC finished with 12 shots on goal to just 8 for the visiting Blazers. The win moves PC to (5-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (7-1). Parkland returns to action this Tuesday when they travel to Heartland for an M-WAC contest against the Hawks.
The #1 Parkland Cobras traveled to Kankakee for the Cavalier Invite for a series of matches this weekend. A primary key to this year's Cobra team is that all 15 players are high-level players that brought great play in the two 3-0 sweeps on the evening.
In match 1, the Cobras faced the host team Kankakee. PC came out fast sweeping the Cavaliers 25-12, 25-19, 25-16. Teigan Flaws and Lizzy Barnard led the Cobra attack with 8 kills each while Lori VanBeek, Alayna Jackson and Kailey Kleinert each had 5 kills. Kleinert had her best match of the season leading the Cobras with 8 blocks as well. Madison Weldon (13), Morgan Hickman (10) and Kelly Lean (9) combined for 32 assists, and Kaitlyn Hunt had 10 digs.
In the second match, the Cobras defeated Sauk Valley 25-15, 25-20, 25-21. Flaws again led the offense with 6 kills while Jackson, VanBeek, Elise Dahlke and Miaya Peacock each had 5. Hickman and Weldon notched 17 and 14 assists, respectively. Lizzy Barnard had 3 aces, and Kleinert once again led the block with 5 and Flaws had 4. Hunt played one of her best matches of the season notching 19 digs in only 2 sets of play.
The Cobras are now 16-1 and will take on Ancilla College and Robert Morris on Saturday in Kankakee.
Sophomore Joe Powell fired a 69 on Thursday to lead the Parkland Men's Golf team to the win at the Carl Sandburg Invitational in Galesburg. Powell edged Evan Bean of Monmouth College by two strokes to take top honors. Chad Nitz of Blackhawk finished 3rd with a 72, while Parkland's Nick Berger and Monmouth's Luke Kriter tied for 4th with 73's.
After Powell and Berger, PC received scores of 76 by Dom Knight and 77 from Dave Gerig for a team total of 295. The Cobras topped Monmouth (302) by 7 strokes to win the team title. Blackhawk (313) was a distant 3rd in the nine team tourney.
The Cobras are off again until September 22-23 when they will compete in the Chicago State Invitational at the Harborside International Golf Course. PC will be go up against several NCAA D-1 and D-2 teams in the event including the host school Chicago State. The Cougars are led by a trio of former Cobras, David Keenan, Dan Patkunas, and Austin Egbers.
Kaljit Atwal scored a pair of goals on Thursday to help the Parkland Women's Soccer team overcome a sluggish effort against a fired-up Illinois Central College team and lead the Cobras to a come-from-behind 2-1 win in East Peoria.
Playing a day after the regularly scheduled match was postponed due to inclement weather, it was ICC who came out ready to play. The winless Cougars would get on the board first as Savanna Rhodes scored off a corner kick 27 minutes into the match to give ICC a 1-0 lead. It looked like that lead would hold up going to the half but Atwal would score off a Cobra free kick with just 2 minutes remaining in the half to tie the match at 1.
Neither team could break the tie for the better part of the second half until Atwal once again found the back of the net with an assist from Catherine McHale to put PC on top. From there, the Cobras would hang on for the important road win. PC finished the afternoon with 13 shots to 7 from ICC. The win improves PC to (4-0 2-0) while the Cougars fall to (0-5 0-2).
Parkland will face their most difficult competition of the young season on Saturday when they host #11 Lewis and Clark starting at 1:00. The Blazers are (7-0) on the year and have yet to allow a goal this season, outscoring their competition 60-0 in those seven wins.
Big crowd spurs #1 Cobras to M-WAC win! The #1 ranked Cobras volleyball team finally got a chance to play at home after 14 matches on the road facing conference and region opponent Lewis & Clark CC.
The Cobras came out confident and clean versus the Trailblazers taking an early 18-8 first set lead. The Blazers did a nice job at the end of set 1 to push the Cobra to a set win to 25-16. 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 the Parkland rallied with a push at the end of the set for a 3-0 sweep with a score of 25-23 in the third.
All 15 Cobras got significant time tonight. Offensively, Parkland 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.
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On the strength of a 6-0 start, the Men's Soccer team enters the NJCAA D-1 Soccer Poll at #19 this week. The Cobras were ranked as high as #10 last season when they were ranked for three weeks during the regular season. Parkland will return to action this Sunday when they travel to Lewis and Clark for a 1:00 match against the defending Region 24 champions.
The Parkland Men's Soccer team returned to action on Tuesday afternoon as they faced M-WAC rival Lincoln College. The Cobras got on the board first as they scored just 9 minutes into the match. Daniel Kadima created space for a shot and the ball fell at the feet of Feli Keti who rounded the keeper and put the ball in from 7 yards away.
The Lynx would answer back quickly as they would score in the 19th minute as they converted off of a cross from a free kick tying the match at 1. PC would then control the rest of the half and the hard work paid off as PC would break the tie with just 8 minutes remaining before intermission. Zach Allevi won the ball and slipped a perfect pass into the feet of a running Brennen Crose. The Lincoln back line could not catch Crose who knocked the ball over the hands of the rushing goal keeper to give the Cobras the lead.
The second half got under way with a clear change in pace. Both teams fought hard for the ball and did not give each other an inch. Lincoln had a couple of long range shots that were acrobatically saved by Harry Rook. Zach Allevi's hard work earned him a few half chances but it was Feli Keti again who settled it. Keti managed to pick up a sloppy clearance from the Lincoln back line, beat one defender, and hit the ball from just outside the box with only 22 seconds remaining to seal the win.
The win keeps the Cobras undefeated at (6-0 2-0 in the M-WAC) while Lincoln drops to (0-3-1 0-1). Next up for PC will be a Sunday afternoon showdown at Region 24 rival Lewis and Clark.
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up their strong play at the Kirkwood Invitational in Cedar Rapids, IA.
After a slow start, the Cobras swept the fast-paced Tritons 3-0 in scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-20. Iowa Central's strategy was to key on VanBeek and Flaws which opened up the outside attack for the Cobras leading to Elise Dahlke and Lizzy Barnard sharing match high kill honors at 9 apiece. VanBeek and Flaws both had 5 kills apiece on the match. Madison Weldon had 18 assists and Morgan Hickman had 10. For the defense, Kaitlin Hunt led the Cobras with 15 digs and Alayna Jackson had 5 blocks. Barnard and Jackson also gave the Cobras 3 and 2 service aces respectively.
In the afternoon, PC had a rematch of the 2013 national semi-finals with #3 Johnson County of Kansas. The Cavaliers came out red hot downing the Cobras in set one, 25-16 but Parkland did an excellent job keeping its composure, wearing down Johnson County with their size and speed, winning the next three sets 25-20, 25-12, 25-21. VanBeek again caught fire, with a match high 16 kills with Flaws, Dahlke, and Barnard all contributing 7. Madison Weldon had her first double-double of the season with 21 assists and 12 digs. Fellow sophomore setter, Morgan Hickman had 22 assists in the match. Hunt, Barnard, and Madison Harpest controlled the defense for the Cobras with 21, 14, and 12 digs respectively. VanBeek notched a double-double with her 10 blocks, while Flaws had 6 and Hayley Gray got a career high 5. Barnard continued her strong serving game with 13 service points, including 4 aces on the match.
Parkland improves to 13-1, now with 9 top-20 wins on the young season. The Cobras have their first home match of the season, Wednesday, September 10th versus Lewis & Clark at 6pm.
For the second straight match the Cobra women's soccer team scored eight goals as they rolled to an 8-2 win over Waubonsee CC Saturday afternoon in Sugar Grove. PC got on the scoreboard just 8 minutes in as Kaljit Atwal scored off of a Sarah Kresca corner. The Cobras made it 2-0 as Maria Lukusa recovered a missed shot by Catherine McHale to score a goal of her own. After Waubonsee cut the lead in half, Anna Krehbiel would score off a Jacie Spate pass and McHale would score an unassisted goal just two minutes before intermission to give PC a 4-1 lead.
The second half was more of the same as McHale would once again score, this time off an assist from Emily Bushue just two minutes after the break. Davia Morrison would score the next PC goal at she found the back of the net on a feed from Atwal. Atwal would get the next Cobra assist as well as Krehbiel scored here second goal of the match. Waubonsee would score a second half goal but Heather Muno would wrap up the scoring as her goal, with an assist to Monica Armendariz, made the score 8-2 in front of the visiting Cobras.
Parkland improves to (3-0) on the season while Waubonsee drops to (2-1). PC will return to action on Wednesday night when they face M-WAC foe Illinois Central College starting at 5:00 in East Peoria.
Parkland 3 Heartland 2
Claudio Galbraith scored with just two minutes left in regulation to give the Cobras the win. In an extremely physical game, it was the Cobras who got on the board first as Jonathan Lukusa was brought down inside the box for a penalty. Daniel Kadima smashed the penalty kick past the Hawks goal keeper to give PC a 1-0 lead at the 16 minute mark. HCC would tie the contest at the 28 minute mark and the teams would go the half tied at 1.
The play got any more physical in the second half and the Cobras were forced to play a man down after Manny Rios received his second yellow card of the match. Despite being a player down, it would be PC who would score next as Andreas Chalbaud found the top corner of the net after receiving a great pass from Zach Downing to make it 2-1 PC. Playing the match short handed eventually caught up to the Cobras as just six minutes later, Heartland would take advantage of confusion on defense to score the tying goal.
The match was not over however as Chalbaud would get the ball to Feli Keti who would then deliver a perfect pass back to Chalbaud who scored the game winner. Unfortunately, the physical play was not over and Chalbaud and Heartland's Noel Hernandez were involved in an altercation in the final minute and both players received red cards resulting in their ejection.
Parkland (5-0 1-0) will be without both Chalbaud and Rios when they resume action on September 9th when they host Lincoln at 4:00. Heartland drops their first match of the year falling to (3-1-1 0-1).
Parkland 8 Lincoln 0
Kaljit Atwal scored three goals on Wednesday afternoon to help lead the Women's Soccer team to a 8-0 rout of visiting Lincoln College. Atwal got the Cobras on the scoreboard just five minutes in as she found the back of the net off an assist from Emily Bushue. PC would pound shot after shot at the Lynx goalie but would not score again until 19 minutes in, when Anna Krehbiel scored off an assist from Sarah Kresca. Marie Lukusa made it 3-0 off of a corner from Kresca and Monica Armendariz rounded out the first half scoring as she converted on a pass from Atwal. The Cobras took a 4-0 lead into intermission but the score could have been much worse as PC out shot Lincoln 20-0 in the half.
The second half was more of the same as Atwal scored her second goal of the night as it was Armendariz's turn to earn the assist. Davia Morrison made it 6-0 on another Kresca corner and Atwal would score her final goal, this one unassisted, just two minutes later. Sophomore Jacie Spade would round out the scoring as she made it 8-0 on a feed from Maddie Martin.
PC finished the match with 28 shots on goal to just 1 for Lincoln. The win moves the Cobras to (2-0 1-0) while Lincoln drops to (0-1 0-1). Parkland returns to action this Saturday when they travel to Waubonsee CC for a 2:00 match in Sugar Grove.
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Former Cobra Kevin Kiermaier
(pictured left) receives Major League Baseball Heart and Hustle Award. Click for more
Right-handed reliever Spencer Patton
was called up on Monday by the Texas Rangers.
Spencer played at Parkland in 2007 and 2008 where he compiled a 13-5 record in two seasons for the Cobras. After graduating from PC, he pitched at SIU-Edwardsville and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round. This summer while pitching for the Omaha Storm Chasers, Patton made the Pacific League All-Star team and played in the AAA All-Star game. While at the All-Star game, Patton found out he was traded to the Rangers and has spent the last month playing for the Round Rock Express. He was 1-1 with 4 saves for the Express after going 4-3 with 14 saves for Omaha. Patton hopes to join the Rangers on Thursday when they begin a three-game home-stand against Seattle. Women's Soccer
Freshman Catherine McHale scored twice on Sunday as the Cobras blanked visiting Jackson CC 3-0 as part of the Parkland Kick Out Hunger Tournament. McHale scored just 8 minutes into the match on an assist from Emily Bushue to give the Cobras the early 1-0 lead. Kaljit Atwal made it 2-0 at the 35 minute mark as she broke away from the Jackson defense for an unassisted goal.
The score remained 2-0 until the final minutes of the game when McHale would once again find the back of the net on an assist from Atwal with just under 3 minutes left. Nathalya Martins had 5 saves in goal to record the shutout.
The Cobras (1-0) will be at home again on Wednesday at 4:00 when they host Lincoln College in an M-WAC and Region 24 game. Men's Soccer
The Parkland Men's Soccer team scored two early goals to grab control of the match as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Region 24 foe Southwestern Illinois College in the Cobras home opener on their new soccer field. Manny Rios scored his second goal of the season as he converted just seven minutes into the match on a great pass from Feli Keti. Gesi Muharremi broke free from the Blue Storm defense before he was tackled from behind, resulting in a penalty kick. Muharremi (his third goal in just two matches) slotted the ball perfectly into the back of the net to give the Cobras a 2-0 lead.
The Cobras continued to move the ball well in the second half and increased their lead to 3-0 just nine minutes after the restart. Jonathan Lukusa was sent through by Muharrremi and he chipped the ball past the goal keeper from 25 yards out. SWIC cut the margin back to two goals as they converted off a free-kick to make it 3-1 with 30 minutes to play. It didn't take long for the Cobras to take back their three goal lead as Andreas Chalbaud scored an impressive goal after some good passing from Keti. PC peppered the SWIC goalie over the final 10 minutes of the match but the scored remained a 4-1 final.
Parkland now stands (2-0 1-0) ahead of their next game on Saturday at 10:00 am against Laramie CC of Wyoming in the opening round of the Kick out Hunger Classic benefiting the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland. SWIC falls to (1-1 0-1) with the loss.
The #1 Cobras volleyball concluded day 2 of the Wisconsin Dells Invitational with two more victories, pushing their over-all record to 4-0 to start the season. In the first match on Saturday, PC defeated a much improved Mott team from Michigan. Mott had notched a couple of upset wins on day one so the Cobras had to fight hard to sweep them 3-0 by the scores of 25-18, 25-20, and 25-20. Lori VanBeek continued her strong offensive play leading the Cobras with 11 kills with Elise Dahlke and Teigan Flaws contributing 6 each. Setters Madison Weldon and Morgan Hickman ran the offense and provided 15 and 14 assists, respectively. Sophomore libero, Kaitlin Hunt had 20 digs for the Cobras and Weldon and Miaya Peacock each had 2 aces.
In match two, the Cobras faced #13 Muskegon of Michigan. All 15 players for Parkland helped push the Cobras to a 3-1 victory with scores of 25-13, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18. Vanbeek had 16 kills while Flaws and Lizzy Barnard pounded 9 each. Setters Weldon and Hickman ran the offense with 26 and 21 assists, respectively. Hunt once again led the defensive effort with 23 digs. Peacock again performed well at the service line with 5 aces.
The Cobras next travel to Toledo, Ohio for the Owens Labor Day Invitational from August 29-31. PC will play six times over the three days including matches against #6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, #18 Catawba Valley as well as perennial power Monroe College of NY.
The Cobra Men's Soccer team kicked off the 2014 campaign with a 3-1 win at Dominican University.
Manny Rios scored the Cobras opening goal of the season at the 29 minute mark to give PC the early 1-0 lead. It looked like that lead might hold up for halftime but the host school scored with just under 5 minutes left to tie the contest.
The second half was all Cobras as Gesi Muharremi would break the tie 12 minutes into the 2nd half as he scored on an assist from former Urbana High School teammate Jonathan Lukusa. Muharremi would score his second goal, this time unassisted, at the 76:54 point of the match as the Cobras held on for the 3-1 win out shooting Dominican 17-11. Harrison Rook played 60 minutes in goal picking up a save while Kyle Roedl played the final 30 minutes and recorded three saves.
Parkland (1-0) will jump right into Region 24 action when they host Southwestern Illinois starting at 4:00 on Tuesday. The Blue Storm opened their season with a 2-1 overtime win over St. Louis CC on Saturday. The Tuesday match will be the Cobras first at their new complex located just west of the old field.
The #1 ranked Cobras headed north for the inaugural tournament of the 2014 season in the Wisconsin Dells. The Cobras faced two out-of-region opponents on Friday in Carl Sandburg College (IL) and #13 ranked Kansas City Kansas CC.
Parkland hit an impressive .318 against CSC in the 11am match en route to a 3-0 win, 25-15, 25-12, 25-20. All fifteen Cobras made their debut in the match with sophomores Lori VanBeek and Teigan Flaws leading the attack with 8 kills each. Sophomore libero Kaitlyn Hunt had 11 digs and 13 service points on the match, and classmate Morgan Hickman had 8 digs to go along with 11 assists. Fellow sophomore and setter Madison Weldon also notched 11 assists, while Ayla Dew had two service aces.
In match #2, the Cobras faced a fast and athletic KCKCC team ranked #13 in the nation. The Cobras knocked off the Blue Devils from Kansas 3-1 in scores of 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16. VanBeek and Flaws again led the offense with 10 and 9 kills respectively while freshman Lizzy Barnard also notched 9. VanBeek also had 8 block assists with freshman Hayley Gray putting back 5. Hunt had a terrific match in the back row digging up 23 balls, and the sophomore setters found confidence and comfort running a solid offense with Weldon recording 18 assists and Hickman 16. Barnard also recorded 5 aces for the Cobras, and Weldon had 3 aces and an outstanding 19 service points.
Men's Soccer Match Canceled
Today's Prairie State College match has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Parkland Men's Soccer team continued their preparation for the upcoming 2014 season with a very competitive exhibition game against Triton this past Saturday in Chicago.
Both teams were on the offensive early but it was Parkland had the best of the early opportunities. Unfortunately Cobra Zach Allevi was denied on a penalty kick at the 18 minute mark. The Cobras were still the first to get on the board as freshman Jonathon Lukusa broke the deadlock with a goal from 12 yards out on a ball from Allevi. Triton's defense held firm for the rest of th half and the Cobras took a 1-0 lead into the break.
The second half started much like the first with PC applying the early pressure but it was Triton who would get on the board first just 6 minutes into the half. A free kick from 30 yards out was sent high into the box and Triton managed to find the back of the net from just 8 yards out. The goal energized the hosts and they would also score the next goal to grab a 2-1 lead.
Parkland did not panic and managed to tie the game at 2 when Gesi Muharremi scored on a pass from Manuel Rios. It looked as if Triton had scored the game winner as they made it 3-2 with just 11 minutes remaining but once again PC would answer back. Just three minutes later Lukusa found himself on the receiving end of a clever pass from Andres Chalbaud and scored from just inside the box. PC was the more aggressive team for the remainder of the contest and looked like they would rally for the win but Daniel Kamida's shot clipped the top of the bar and the game ended in a draw.
The match was the final tune-up for the Cobras who are set to host Prairie State at 4:00 on Friday August 22nd in the season opener for both teams.
The Parkland College Volleyball team will open the 2014 season with the #1 ranking in the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Poll. The Cobras, who finished 2nd in 2013, open their season this Friday and Saturday at the South Suburban Classic in the Wisconsin Dells. PC will face Carl Sandburg and #12 Kansas City KS Community College on Friday before facing off against a pair of Michigan schools, Mott and #13 Muskegon on Saturday.
As always, the Cobras will be tested early as they face nine other teams ranked in the top 20 during the first three weeks of the season. After seeing two ranked squads in Wisconsin, PC will play three of six matches at the Owens Invitational against ranked foes (#6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, and #18 Catawba Valley). The Kirkwood Invitational, a week later, is loaded with talent as PC will take on defending National Champion and #2 Cowley, #3 Johnson County, #5 Central Nebraska, and #7 Iowa Central.
Parkland is scheduled to go up against 13 of the top 20 teams at some point in time during the upcoming season. The Cobras will play their first three tournaments and 14 matches on the road before playing for the first time at home on September 10 against M-WAC rival Lewis and Clark.
Parkland Volleyball Welcomes Back Alumni
Thirteen alumni from the last several years came
back “home” to Parkland to reconnect, see the new facilities, and
challenge the current squad of fifteen to several matches throughout the
day. The current Parkland squad won the split squad matches as well as
the first three sets of the combined team effort, but after a few sets,
the Alumni got a sense of comfort with each other and came back to win
the final set of the day. The Alumni were content on the final victory
and rushed to the ice and tylenol to rest from a fun day on both sides
of the net. The celebration then continued into the evening with a
dinner hosted by the current Parkland team for the alumni and families.
Thank you to the assistant coaches who put together the fun evening and
for all the alumni and families that came back to celebrate.
Parkland Green def. Alumni 1 - 25-9, 25-18
Parkland Green def. Alumni 2 - 25-21, 25-22
Parkland Yellow def. Alumni 1 - 25-18, 25-21
Parkland Yellow def. Alumni 2 - 25-19, 25-23
Parkland def. Alumni - 25-22, 25-11, 25-13, 20-25
Cobras Host "Kick out Hunger" Soccer Tourney, Aug. 30-31
The Men's Soccer team will host a "Kick out Hunger" soccer tournament benefiting the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland, Aug. 30 and 31 at the soccer field on the campus’s north side.
Eight college soccer teams representing Illinois, Indiana and Wyoming will participate in the two-day tournament. Games take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, a Women’s Soccer game will be played at noon on both days.
Cobras Men's Soccer Coach Mark Sikora said teams hope to raise $2,000 during this event, to help make a difference in the lives of families in east central Illinois. The fundraising goal will feed approximately 300 students.
"The Parkland food pantry has already served hundreds of students and their families," he said. "This is going to be a great time, and we encourage everyone to come out to help keep hunger at bay in our area. Besides fund raising, our players have volunteered hours to the pantry as shopping helpers and interpreters to a variety of families in the C-U community, and I feel that this event is a great way to continue our relationship with the pantry during our season."
While donations will be taken at the event, there is also an online donation site to make it easier for anyone who wants to support the effort to give. To donate online, visit http://gofundme.com/Parkland-Kick-Out-Hunger, or donate via PayPal at the Wesley Foundation Donation site (enter "Parkland" in the 'Note to Seller' text box after PayPal login). Those wishing to donate also may do so by mail or by delivering their gift to 1203 W. Green St., Urbana, Illinois 61801. Please make checks payable to Wesley Evening Food Pantry, adding "Parkland Pantry" to the memo line.
The Wesley Pantry at Parkland, which launched last December, opens the second Wednesday of each month from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. to serve students. It is located in the S Building on the campus's south side. For more information, visit wesleypantry.org.
Coach Hastings announces commitments for the 2014 class of the Parkland College Volleyball team. This group of nine players brings quite a bit of success ranging geographically from within Champaign all the way to Australia. Each also brings a wealth of team and individual experience earned prior to Parkland. They balance each other along with the returning sophomores—to make for another team that will compete for a national championship in the 2014 season. (full story