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NOVEMBER 21, 2015

25-15 25-19 25-19 OVER LINCOLN LAND 

The Cobras went a perfect 57-0 playing 180 sets during the year and winning 171 and losing 9! Of their 57 matches PC won 49 of them 3-0, 7 of them 3-1, and only 1 match ended 3-2. Of the 52 sets played against teams who made the National tournament, PC won 48 sets and lost 4. This is our first volleyball title since the 1999 team won it all. This is Parkland's 5th Title Over-all: 1986 Men’s Basketball, 1999 Volleyball, 2002 Baseball, 2009 Baseball, and 2015 Parkland College Volleyball.
These girls did it!

113 days of practice
57 matches
5 hours per day of study hours, weight room and practice
..and it all paid off. The Parkland Cobras, ranked #1
all season, finished the season undefeated at 57-0 and most importantly as the
NJCAA Division 2 National Champions as the Cobras swept #6 Lincoln Land 25-15,
25-19, 25-19.

Laura Gross (12 kills), Lizzy Barnard (11 kills), Miaya Peacock and Sofi Kelemete (8 kills each) led the balanced offense. Setters Kelly Lean and Jaime Johnson ran an outstanding offense with 20 and 19 assists, respectively. Kelemete led the offense in the front row with 7 blocks while Madison Harpest had another great defensive game in the back row with 19 digs. Barnard (15 digs) and Peacock (13 digs) did an outstanding job with Harpest on
serve-receive and defense all match long.

Miaya Peacock and Lizzy Barnard were named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team. And freshman Sofi Kelemete was named the NJCAA NationalTournament MVP.
Over last three seasons, Cobras appear in three title games winning in 2015 and placing second in 2013 and 2014. Over-all record is 161-5 during those three seasons.

November 19, 2015

The Cobras rallied to beat rival Cowley 15-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-23 to advance to the Final Four for the third straight year. #1 PC (55-0) will play #4 DMACC (34-8) on Friday at 730 CST for a chance to play for the title.   The other semifinal will pit #2 Glendale (31-2) against #6 Lincoln Land (39-5).  The fellow M-WAC and Region 24 foe upset #3 Johnson County 3-1 earlier today.

November 09, 2015
Cobras Volleyball Heads to NJCAA Nationals
Team undefeated; enters NJCAA DII tourney for eighth consecutive season
The No. 1 Cobras faced the 22-15 Lewis & Clark Trail Blazers Saturday for a bid to Nationals, and the Cobras won in convincing fashion 25-15, 25-17, and 25-19 to earn their eighth consecutive trip to the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament.
For the 2015 NJCAA D-2 National Volleyball Tournament, the Cobras (53-0) are the No. 1 seed and will take on Harcum College of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in the opening round. The tournament gets underway Thursday, Nov. 19 at Phoenix College in Arizona.
The offense on Saturday was well-distributed, with Laura Gross (9 kills), Lizzy Barnard and Miaya Peacock (7 kills each), and Hayley Gray and Sofi Kelemete (6 kills each) leading the way. Jaime Johnson collected 25 assists and Kell Lean had 10. Kailey Kleinert led the block with 8 while Peacock led the back row with 19 digs, and Madison Harpest and Barnard had 11 each.

November 4, 2015
The Cobras kicked off Regionals with a 3-1 win over Rend Lake 25-9, 25-16, 17-25, 25-17. Miaya Peacock, Lizzy Barnard and Rowan Crozier led the attack with 8 kills apiece. Madison Harpest collected 23 digs while Barnard (15 digs) and Peacock (12 digs) joined Harpest to make a strong defensive effort. Jaime Johnson and Courtney Moritz each had 20 assists while Kailey Kleinert had 6 blocks in the match.

The Cobras improve to 52-0 ahead of the final regional match on Saturday vs Lewis & Clark at 2:00pm at Lincoln Land CC in Springfield, IL. With a win in that match, Parkland will advance to Nationals for the eighth consecutive year. The NJCAA National Tournament will be held in Phoenix, AZ, November 19-21.

October 14, 2015

The #1 Cobras had a unique evening tonight with two matches against the same opponent facing off with the Millikin University JV team. Between the matches, the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation group was featured as both the Blue and Yellow teams played for a large Cobra fan base.

PC swept Millikin in both matches. The first match was 25-9, 25-14, 25-6. In that match, Taylor Bauer led the way with 9 kills, 8 digs. Gabby Pearl, Rowan Crozier and Sofi Kelemete scored with 5 kills each. Kelemete and Kailey Kleinert each had 5 blocks for the match, and Paige Griffith had 11 assists and Courtney Moritz had 10. 

In the second match, the Cobras won 25-13, 25-11, 25-15. Bauer led the way again with 10 kills, 7 service aces and 11 digs. Pearl had another 7 kills, and Kelemete notched 11 blocks, while Jordan Deer had 11 digs. Moritz had 13 assists and Griffith dished 12. 

The Cobras improve to 42-0 overall ahead of the M-WAC tournament on Saturday at Parkland. PC plays Lewis and Clark at 11am, Lincoln at 1pm, followed by #3 ranked Lincoln Land. Parkland swept Lincoln and L&C earlier in the season but needed 5 sets to grind out a tough win over LLCC.   Victories in at least two matches would lock up the M-WAC title for the Cobras. 
October 14, 2015
Men's Soccer

Cobras wins M-WAC after falling behind the Loggers 3-0 after 28 minutes of the contest. From that point the Cobras caught fire and came back for the impressive win.
Down by three, Gustavo Giordani got PC back into the game as he scored off a nice pass from Alex Zarco.  Just five minutes later, Daniel Kadima scored a spectacular volley off an equally impressive cross from Dom Crawford.  With just over two minutes left in the half,  Feli Keti tied the match off a corner kick from Daniel Kadima. The Parkland College Men's Soccer team roared back from a 3-0 deficit on Wednesday as they rallied for a 4-3 win over visiting Lincoln Land, earning the Cobras an outright M-WAC title.

The Cobras controlled the second half and had numerous chances to grab the lead but it took until the final 10 minutes for PC to finally get their first lead.  Giordani hit a clean strike off an assist from Kadima for the game winner and a conference title.

The Cobras have two more regular season games left as they will host South Suburban at Noon on Saturday and the UI Club Team at 2:00 on Sunday. Ironically, the Cobras (8-5-2) earned the #3 seed in the upcoming Region 24 Tournament and will play Lincoln Land (4-9) in their first game. Game time is set for Saturday October 24 at Noon.   

October 13, 2015 
Womens Soccer
The Cobras wrapped up a perfect (6-0) MWAC season and improved to (11-2-1) as they blanked Heartland 5-0 in Bloomington. The Cobras did not give up a single goal during any of the six games.

Ellie McKenzie got PC on the board quickly as she scored just two minutes in to the match off an assist from Anna McHatton. McKenzie would score again just 10 minutes later as Dalia Santana earned the assist. Shante Tremblett made it 3-0 Cobras as she found the back of the net at the midway point of the first half as Catherine McHale picked up the assist. McHale would score the final goal of the half with less  than a minute before halftime
as McKezie and McHatton combined for the assist. 

The Cobras would add just one goal in the second half as McHatton scored at the 63 minute mark.  The Hawks had just 4 shots on goal in the contest as the Cobras were never really challenged. The win insure the Cobras of either the #1 or #2 seed in the upcoming Region 24 tournament. PC wraps the regular season this weekend as they will play a pair of matches in Kansas City.
October 10, 2015

The #1 Cobras wrapped up the weekend at the DMACC Invitational with two Iowa opponents in #14 Kirkwood and Southwestern Iowa.
In the first match, the Cobras swept Kirkwood 25-12, 25-23, 25-16. Laura Gross had 13 kills and 7 blocks, and Lizzy Barnard had 11 kills and 18 digs. Sofi Kelemete also notched 7 blocks. Madison Harpest collected 19 digs while Miaya Peacock had 17. Jaime Johnson had 23 assists and Kell Lean had 13.

In the second match today, the Cobras swept Southwestern 25-19, 25-11, 25-13. Barnard had 13 kills and 12 digs while Gross had 11 kills. Harpest secured 11 digs, and Kelemete had 4 blocks.

Parkland improves to 40-0 ahead of two matches with Millikin JV on Wednesday night at home where the CUSR will be featured between matches.  The Cobras close the season with 12 consecutive home matches between October 14-31.
October 10, 2015
Men's Soccer

The Parkland Men's soccer team had a chance on Saturday to wrap up an M-WAC title and a top two seed in the upcoming Region 24 tournament but fell short, losing 3-1 to Illinois Central.  The Cobras can still wrap up anM-WAC title with a win or tie on Wednesday against Lincoln Land, and will be seeded somewhere between #2-#5 in the Regional Tournament.

ICC grabbed the lead in the 21st minute on a long a ball send through the middle at the Cougar attacker won the 1-1 battle with the Cobra goalie and slotted the ball cleanly home.  the Cobras controlled much of the remainder of the half but they could not convert chances into goals leaving ICC with a 1-0 halftime lead. 

The Cougars took control of the match just 8 minutes into the second half as poor Cobra defending left ICC open for an easy shot and a 2-0 lead.  Poor transition cost the Cobras a third goal as ICC took a 3-0 lead with 30 minutes remaining.   The Cobras finally took advantage of an opportunity as Daniel Kadima scord an unassisted goal at the 78 minute mark but that was the only goal Parkland could muster. 

The loss drops the Cobras to (7-5-2) over-all while they are (5-1-1) in the M-WAC but just (2-2-1) in Region 24 play. ICC improves to (7-3-1) over-all  (4-2-1) in M-WAC and (3-2) in the region.  The Cobras will host the Loggers of Lincoln Land this Wednesday starting at 4:00.
October 10, 2015
Women's Soccer

The #7  Parkland Women's Soccer team stepped away from M-WAC and Region 24 play on Friday as they hosted #5 Iowa Western in a non-conference match.
It was the home team that struck early as Ellie McKenzie broke free on the right corner of the penalty area and finished perfectly in the upper right post side netting.  the Cobras would retain that 1-0 lead until Maria Martinez tied the match with a goal for the Reivers at the 35 minute mark. Just four minutes later it would be Martinez again who would score to give IWCC the lead.

After leading at the half 2-1, Iowa Western took the wind out of the Cobras comeback attempt as Kennedy Cascio scored just six minutes into the second half to give them a 3-1 lead. Both teams had scoring attempts later in the
half but could not connect. IW out shot the Cobras 17-7 on the day as they improved to (10-1-2) on the year. They will play #12 Lewis and Clark at Parkland's field at 2:00 on Saturday. The Cobras drop to (10-2-1) and they will travel to
Heartland for a 4:00 game Tuesday afternoon. 

October 9, 2015

The #1 Cobras resumed match play today in Des Moines, Iowa with two matches slated for today and two tomorrow.

In the first match of the morning, the Cobras swept NJCAA D1 Marshalltown 25-15, 25-23, 25-12. Ayla Dew led the offensive effort with 6 kills. Taylor Bauer notched 4 kills, 5 blocks and 3 service aces. Sofi Kelemete led the block with 6 and Courtney Moritz led the quartet of setters with 11 assists.

In the second match of the day, Parkland had a tough task going up against the hosts #12 DMACC, and although each set was close, the Cobras prevailed in another 3-set sweep 25-22, 25-22, 28-26. A trio of Cobras led the offensive effort with Lizzy Barnard (14), Laura Gross (10) and Miaya Peacock (8) combining for 32 of the Cobras' 47 kills. Peacock also had a team-high 23 digs while Barnard had 21. Sofi Kelemete contributed 9 blocks, Kailey Kleinert had 7 and Gross had 6. Jaime Johnson (21) and Kell Lean (19) combined for 40 assists in the match.

the Cobras improves to 38-0 ahead of two matches tomorrow against another pair of top Iowa teams in #14 Kirkwood and Southwestern Iowa, who defeated Kirkwood earlier this week.

October 7, 2015
Women's Soccer
The women's Soccer team went on the road Wednesday night to take on rival Illinois Central College and came back from East Peoria with a 4-0 victory.  The win improved the #7 Cobras to (10-1-15-0) and allowed the Cobras to clinch their second straight conference title. ICC drops to (4-11-1 and 2-3).
On Wednesday, the Cobras got on the board early as Alyssa Jones scored just two minutes into the match.  Terri Wendle made it 2-0 at the 10 minute mark off an an assist from Shante Tremblett. That would be all of the scoring in the first half as the Cobras took a 2-0 lead into intermission.

The lead would remain at two until Catherine McHale scored 62 minutes into the match as Ellie McKenzie earned the assist. Jones scored the final goal of the game in the final minute with McKenzie again earning the
assist.  the Cobras out shot ICC 26-3 on the evening.   

Next up for the Cobras will be a top-10 showdown with #5 Iowa Western (9-1-2) at 4:00 this Friday at Parkland. the Cobras is 1-1-1 this year against the top 10 defeating Monroe College, tying Lewis and Clark, and losing to Iowa Central in overtime. This will be the Cobras final home game of the regular season, but they will be home again in the post-season which starts October

October 6, 2015
The #1 Cobras faced off with #18 ranked and perennial power Illinois Central College this evening at home and swept the Cougars 25-18,25-16, 25-22.

A trio of Cobras led the offense with Laura Gross (10 kills), Hayley Gray (8 kills) and Lizzy Barnard (7 kills) combining for 25 of the the Cobras offense. Sofi Kelemete had a great blocking night with 9 blocks, and setters Jaime Johnson and Kell Lean combined for 36 assists on the night. Barnard, Miaya Peacock and Madison Harpest did an excellent job all night on serve receive and defense while setter Courtney Moritz came in the game at 21-21 to find a kill and wrap up the win.

The Cobras improve to 36-0 overall ahead of the final long road trip of the season to Des Moines, Iowa for four matches including two top 15 match-ups against #13 Kirkwood (IA) and the hosts #4 DMACC.
October 3, 2015
Men's Soccer

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team failed to take advantage of numerous missed opportunities on Saturday as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Olivet Nazarene JV. The Cobras outshot the Tigers 17-5 on the afternoon but several missed chances  doomed the Cobras’s chance at a tie or win.

Playing without four regulars on Saturday for a variety of reasons, the Cobras fell behind early as the Tigers converted on a penalty kick to make it 1-0.  Daniel Kadima had two excellent scoring chances but both balls hit hard off the cross bar and the Cobras could not convert. Kadima finally did connect midway thru the opening half to tie the match, which is where it stood at halftime.

Taking advantage of the wind, Olivet grabbed the lead once again midway thru the half off of a header from a perfectly executed corner kick. The lead wouldn’t last long though as Aidan Reilly calmly booted the ball into the upper left corner with just 19 minutes remaining to tie the match at two.   Unfortunately for the Cobras, ONU would take the ball from end to end and slotted the ball perfectly into the corner to regain the lead with under 10 minutes to go.  It looked like the Cobras would tie the match again but Feli Keti was denied on a great save by the Tiger goalie and his rebound shot sailed just wide of the post with only 7:30 left in the match.   the Cobras would control the ball over the final five minutes but could not create another strong scoring opportunity.
Parkland falls to (7-4-2) while ONU JV improve to (7-1).  The Cobras will be off until next Saturday when they will travel to East Peoria to take on ICC at 2:00, in a key M-WAC and Region 24 showdown.
October 2, 2015
Sophomore Dom Knight fired a three-under par 67 on Friday to help give the Parkland College Men's Golf team the lead at the midway point of the Millikin Fall Classic at Hickory Point in Decatur. Knight has a three stroke lead over Martin Montagne of Illinois Wesleyan and is four strokes in front of a trio of players after the first 18 holes. The final 18 will tee off on Saturday morning about 9 am. In addition to Knight's 67, the Cobras received strong scores from David Gerig (74), Chris Tate (74), Christian Khachaturian (75), and Thomas Webster (75) for a team score of 290. The Cobras are seven strokes ahead of Webster University, nine ahead of Millikin, and ten in front of Illinois Wesleyan with 18 holes to play. Parkland is one of only two two-year colleges in the 12 team field.

October 2, 2015
The #1 Cobras traveled to Vincennes, Indiana for a quartet of matches on the weekend against Michigan, Indiana and Ohio teams.

In the first of two matches today, the Cobras swept Lake Michigan College 25-11, 25-8, 25-15. Lizzy Barnard led the way with 16 kills and 15 digs. Taylor Bauer notched 7 kills and 9 digs. Sofi Kelemete led the defense with 6 blocks. Courtney Moritz had 16 assists while Paige Griffith had 12 assists of her own.

The Cobras pulled off another 3-set sweep in their second match vs Cincinnati State 25-12, 25-11, 25-20. Laura Gross had 14 kills and Miaya Peacock had 11 kills and 14 digs. Lizzy Barnard and Hayley Gray had 7 kills apiece. Sofi Kelemete (6 blocks) and Madison Harpest (18 digs) led the defensive effort while Jaime Johnson (22 assists) and Kelly Lean (15 assists) did the setting work for the Cobras.

Parkland improves to 33-0 ahead of two more matches on Saturday afternoon against Vincennes and Kalamazoo Valley.
October 2, 2015
Women's Soccer

For over 70 minutes, Parkland and Southwestern Illinois battled to a scoreless tie but a late surge over the final 18 minutes gave the #8 Cobras an important 3-0 Region 24 win over the Blue Storm on a cool and windy afternoon in Champaign.  The first half was a back and forth affair with SWIC getting five shots on goal to four for Parkland.  

The second half was a different story as Parkland had the wind in their favor and took advantage of the conditions controlling play for most of the half.  The Cobras finally broke the tie as Shante Tremblett calmly kicked the ball past the Blue Storm goalie off a feed from Alyssa Jones with 18:02 left. Parkland kept up the pressure and just 8 minutes later, Catherine McHale blasted a ball into the top corner of the net from 20 yards out to give the Cobras a 2-0 lead. Jones earned the assist again, her second of the afternoon. Two minutes later the Cobras wrapped up the scoring as once again Tremblett would score off a Kaljit Atwal assist.  The Cobras ended the day with ten shots on goal to seven for SWIC. Cobra goalie Jenna Ashley had 6 saves on the afternoon as she recorded her 5th consecutive shutout and 9th of the season.

will play ICC at home this Saturday in Belleville. The Parkland College Men's Soccer team played maybe their most complete match of the year on Wednesday as they routed visiting Lincoln College 7-1. The victory was the second this season for Parkland over Lincoln as the Cobras won 5-4 in overtime at Lincoln earlier this fall.  The win keeps the Cobras on top of the M-WAC standings with a one game lead over Illinois Central.   
Oct 1, 2015
Men's Soccer
Parkland dominated today's match from the start as Daniel Kadima opened the scoring after a clever pass from Gustavo Giordani.  Dominic Crawford made it 2-0 just four minutes later on a spectacular free kick from 25 yards out.  Feli Keti wrapped up the first half scoring as he scored off another Giordani pass.

The Cobras did not let up in the second half as Jonathan Lukusa scored two quick goals to extend the the Cobras lead to 5-0 as Brennen Crose and Giordani picked up the assists.  Crose then added a goal for himself with Crawford providing the assist.  After a Lynx goal, Giordani added a goal of his own to his three assists, curling a low free kick past the keeper into the edge of the box.  Parkland improves to (7-3-2 5-0-1) on the year while Lincoln drops to (5-3-1 2-3). the Cobras hosts the Olivet Nazarene JV this Saturday.

Sept. 29, 2015
Women's Soccer
Johnson scored the Cobras first and last goals of the second half to finish with four on the afternoon.  McKenzie scored her third goal late and Shania Maddux got on the board with a pair of goals of her own after intermission.  PC out shot Lincoln 43-2 on the match as they improved to (8-1-1 4-0). Lincoln stays winless on the season as they drop to (0-10 0-4). The Cobras can win their 2nd consecutive M-WAC title with a win over either ICC or Heartland.

Sept. 27, 2015

Parkland College emerged as the M-WAC Golf Champion on Saturday in the first year of the new “Ryder Cup” Format.  The tournament was held at Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River and featured each school, with three teams of two, in three different nine hole formats.   The Cobras won the championship with a 27-hole total of 195, edging Illinois Central by 3 strokes, and host Lewis and Clark by 5.

The first nine holes were a scramble with each member of the twosome teeing off and each player hitting from the best shot.  The second nine were a modified alternative shot with both players teeing off, but thenthe players alternating until the hole was completed. The final nine holes wereplayed “best ball” style with the best score from the group counting each hole.  Parkland’s groups were Group A:  Dom Knight and Josh Lamb, Group B: 
Christian Khachaturian and David Gerig, and Group C:  Chris Tate and Thomas Webster.   

Lewis and Clark grabbed the early 9-hole lead as they shot a 62 to grab a two stroke lead over PC and three over ICC.  Webster-Tate led PC with 31 while the  other two groups both shot 33.  Parkland would take control of the tournament over the next nine holes as they fired a 66 to grab the 18 hole lead by a stroke over the host Blazers. The duo’s of Lamb and Knight and Webster and Tate both shot 33’s to lead the way to the 66.  The final 18 holes was a battle with ICC grabbing the lead after two of the threegroups scores were recorded behind their second group posting a 31.  The Cobras would not be denied however as Knight and Lamb put up a 31 of their own, including birdies on the final two holes, to out score the pair they were matched up against by four strokes to secure the victory.
On the afternoon, Dom Knight and Josh Lamb had the best composite score (33-31-31  97) followed by an outstanding showing by Thomas Webster and Chris Tate who fired (98 31-33-34).   Parkland will return to action next Saturday and Sunday when they travel to the Millikin Invitational in Decatur.
Parkland (9-1-1 and 3-0-1 in Region play) will be off until Wednesday October 7 when they travel to East Peoria to take on ICC.  A win would wrap up the Cobras second consecutive M-WAC title.  SWIC (7-4 1-2)

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