November 21, 2015
COBRA VOLLEYBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!
25-15- 25 19- 25-19 OVER LINCOLN LAND TONIGHT IN PHOENIX, AZ
These girls did it!
113 days of practice
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,
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.
Quick Facts on tonights title. 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 48sets 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 Mens Basketball, 1999 Volleyball, 2002 Baseball, 2009 Baseball, and 2015 Volleyball.
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 12, 2015
Here are the seeding/pairings for the 2015 NJCAA D-2 National Volleyball Tournament. The Cobras (53-0) are the #1 seed and will take on Harcum College of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in the opening round at 1:00pm on November 19 at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona.
#1Parkland (53-0) vs #16 Harcum College PA (24-5)
#8 Cowley County KS (24-8) vs #9 McHenry IL (38-7)
#4 Des Moines Area IA (32-8) vs #13 SaukValley IL (32-9)
#5 Owens OH (37-6) vs #12 Kirkwood IA (28-15)#2 Glendale AZ (29-2) vs #15 Frederick MD (27-3)
#7 Central NE (30-12) vs #10 Northeast Oklahoma (25-3)
#3 Johnson Co. KS (32-6) vs #14 Muskegon MI (25-15)
#6 Lincoln Land IL (37-5) vs #11 Pasco-Hernando FL (19-11)
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 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, PC 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 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, PC 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.
PC 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 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,
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 PC 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.
The #1 Cobras traveled today to Vincennes, Indiana for a quartet of matches on the weekend against Michigan, Indiana and Ohio teams.
In the first of two matches today, PC 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.
September 29-PC wins two more at JCCC Invite
The Cobras had two more matches today to conclude the
Johnson County tournament in Overland Park, KS.
In the first match, PC swept NJCAA D1 Barton College
25-16, 25-22, 25-14. Laura Gross hit .688 and had 11 kills while Miaya Peacock
had a great offensive effort as well at a .467 clip and 8 kills. Jaime Johnson
had 23 assists while Kell Lean notched 12. Lizzy Barnard and Madison Harpest
had 11 digs apiece, and Kailey Kleinert collected 6 blocks.
In the second set, Parkland swept North Platte (NE)
25-15, 25-15, 25-12. All eighteen Cobras saw action in the match with Gross
again registering 11 kills, Barnard had 8 kills and Taylor Bauer had 6. Sofi
Kelemete had 5 blocks while Kleinert had 4. Johnson had 24 assists.
Parkland improves to 31-0 overall. The Cobras take the
week to retool in practice on a few items before kicking off October with a
tournament at Vincennes University (IN) on Friday and Saturday.
Sept.25-#1 PC wins at #3 Johnson County
The #1 Cobras traveled west to Overland Park, Kansas for two matches today vs NJCAA D1 Colby College (KS) and
#3 ranked and hosts Johnson County.
In the first set, PC struggled to find continuity as the mostly international
line-up of Colby pushed the Cobras to a 25-23 PC win. The second set was a
different story however as Parkland found its stride and took the second 25-10.
And in the third, Parkland closed out the match 25-20. Laura Gross and Sofi
Kelemete had 6 kills apiece while Kailey Kleinert and Lizzy Barnard had 5 each.
Kleinert had 6 blocks on the match and Gross rejected 5. Kelly Lean had 16
assists in the match while Jaime Johnson had 12. Madison Harpest had 12 digs
and Miaya Peacock had 10 digs. Barnard and Taylor Bauer had 3 service aces
In the second match, it was a Top 3 rematch when the Cobras won in 4. This
time, every set was pushed to the limit but PC prevailed each time 30-28,
25-23, 33-31. Gross led the way with 14 kills while Peacock had 11. Kleinert
led the blocking effort with 5 while Barnard had 4. Johnson (27 assists) and
Lean (26 assists) set a great match, and defense came up big with Barnard
securing 20 digs and Harpest had 18 digs.
PC improves to 29-0 ahead of two more matches tomorrow with NJCAA D1 Barton
(KS) and D2 foe North Platte out of Nebraska.
Sept. 24, 2015-Hastings earns 300 win at PC
The #1 Cobras went down to Godfrey, Illinois this evening for a
region and conference match vs Lewis & Clark CC. The Cobras swept the
Trailblazers 25-18, 25-19, 25-12 to remain perfect on the fall. The team
rewarded Coach Cliff Hastings, who was celebrating his birthday on Thursday,
with his 300th career win at Parkland. Hastings now has an amazing 300-40
record in six season at the helm of the Cobras.
Laura Gross led the Cobra attack with 11 kills while Hayley Gray
and Sofi Kelemete had 7 kills apiece. Kelemete led the blocking effort with 7
while Gross and Kailey Kleinert had 6 each. Lizzy Barnard had 13 digs, and
Madison Harpest had 11. Jaime Johnson dished out 21 assists and co-setter Kelly
Lean had 18.
PC improves to 27-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play while Lewis and Clark
falls to (11-5 1-2). The Cobras continue west for a quartet of matches at
Johnson County CC in Kansas City, KS. Play kicks off with D1 Colby College at
3pm Friday followed by a Top 3 match-up with the hosts, #3 Johnson County at
5pm. JCCC is currently 17-1 on the season with their lone loss coming to the
Cobras 3-1 back on September 11 on a neutral court. The Cobras will wrap
up play on Saturday with two more games against D-1 Barton and D-2 North Platte,
Sept. 21-Cobras take two more to wrap up Cobra Classic
The #1 Cobras finished off the three-day Parkland Invite
today with two matches against #10 McHenry CC and Jackson CC.
In the first match of the day, PC came sprinting out of
the gates in set 1 and completed the win sweeping McHenry 25-14, 25-18, 27-25.
Laura Gross pounded 14 kills, Lizzy Barnard had 6 kills and 7 digs, and Miaya
Peacock had 5 kills and 9 digs. Jaime Johnson had 21 assists and Kelly Lean 11.
Madison Harpest dug 12 balls in the match.
In the final match, PC defeated Jackson 25-21, 23-25,
25-16, 25-9. Taylor Bauer had a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs, and
Rowan Crozier recorded a career high 11 kills. Jordan Deer also notched a
career high 30 digs in the match. Jaime Johnson had 15 assists, and Courtney
Moritz had 14.
Parkland stays undefeated on the season at 26-0 overall.
The Cobras travel to Godfrey, Illinois on Thursday for a region &
conference match against Lewis & Clark before traveling on to Overland
Park, Kansas for four more matches Friday & Saturday, including a rematch
with #3 Johnson County on their home court.
Sept. 20, 2015
The #1 Cobras squared off with a pair of teams from
opposite ends of the state in Rock Valley College from Northern Illinois and
Rend Lake from Southern Illinois.
In the first, PC swept the #5 ranked D3 Rock Valley
25-14, 25-19, 25-21. Miaya Peacock led the way with 9 kills, 16 digs and 4
service aces. Laura Gross recorded a match-high 13 kills, and Kailey Kleinert,
Sofi Kelemete and Hayley Gray each had 5 blocks. Jaime Johnson notched 21
assists while Kelly Lean had 13.
In the second match, Parkland used aggressive serving to
keep Rend Lake off balance in a 25-8, 25-8, 25-12. Taylor Bauer recorded 7
kills and 9 digs while Jacey Lewis, Gabby Pearl, Lizzy Barnard and Rowan
Crozier all had 5 kills each. Courtney Moritz notched 14 assists and Paige
Griffith had 10.
Parkland improved to 24-0 overall ahead of two final
matches of the Parkland tournament tomorrow starting at 10:00am vs #10 McHenry
CC (IL) and Jackson CC from Michigan.
Sept, 19, 2015
The #1 Parkland Cobras hosted 14 other top NJCAA teams this
weekend and kicked off the 3-day tournament with two evening matches vs
Southwestern Illinois and Iowa Central.
In that first match vs SWIC, the Cobras swept the match
in scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-15. Laura Gross pounded 9 kills and had 10 blocks
in the 3-set match. Lizzy Barnard notched 7 kills, and Sofi Kelemete had a
career high 13 blocks. Jaime Johnson recorded 18 assists and Kell Lean had 11.
Madison Harpest dug 12 balls in the match.
In the second match, the Cobras recorded another sweep
with scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-16. Hayley Gray hit .900 with 9 kills on 10
attempts. Gross and Barnard had 9 kills each. Kailey Kleinert had 5 blocks, and
Harpest got 16 digs.
PC improves to 22-0 ahead of two more matches tomorrow
evening starting at 4:45pm.
Sept. 15-Parkland vs Lincoln Land M-WAC Showdown
The #1 Parkland Cobras faced off with #7 Lincoln Land tonight
and had a battle from the beginning. Down 22-24 in the first set, PC battled
back behind stellar serving from Lizzy Barnard and took the first set 26-24.
The Loggers bounced back in the second set and tied it at 1-1 with a score of
25-19. The third set was a back-and-forth affair with the Cobras squeaking out
the third set 25-23. But again, the gritty Loggers pushed ahead in the fourth
set with a 25-21 win. This forced a fifth set in which PC finally settled down
and found a rhythm on the court early to take the deciding set 15-6.
Miaya Peacock led the Cobras with 18 kills and 11 digs, and Laura Gross
notched 11 kills and 6 blocks. Kailey Kleinert and Sofi Kelemete had 5 blocks
each for the Cobras. Lizzy Barnard notched 7 kills, 11 digs and 3 aces in the
match. Both Cobra setters notched double-doubles with Kell Lean registering 23
assists and 10 digs, and Jaime Johnson had 20 assists and 10 digs. Libero
Madison Harpest led the defense with 31 digs in the contest.
Although the Cobras did not have the fluidity illustrated on the weekend, it
was a good match to grind out against another Top 20 team. This is the 8th win
for the Cobras against the Top 20. PC improves to 20-0 overall and 2-0 the
M-WAC. Lincoln Land drops to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The
Cobras host several Top 20 teams again this weekend at the Parkland Invite
Friday-Sunday with the first Cobra match at 5:45pm vs Southwestern Illinois.
Sept. 13-Kirkwood Invite
The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras concluded the Kirkwood Invitetoday with matches vs #12 Central Nebraska and Kishwaukee College from northernIllinois. In the first match against Central, PC came out quickly and took the first set25-17. Central fought back in set 2 taking advantage of loose serve receive bythe Cobras to push the set to overtime in which PC prevailed 28-26. And in thethird set, Parkland came out quickly matching the first set score in the end,concluding the three-set sweep 25-17. Laura Gross again led the Cobra offensewith 12 kills. Sofi Kelemete notched 6 blocks while Kailey Kleinert and HayleyGray rejected 5 attacks each. Jaime Johnson had 20 assists while Kell Lean had10. Madison Harpest had 16 digs to lead the back row effort while LizzyBarnard, Miaya Peacock and Johnson had 10 apiece.In the second match, PC completed the sweep in scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 28-26.Taylor Bauer put down 14 kills while Barnard had 8. Kleinert had 4blocks, and Kelemete, Jacey Lewis and Rowan Crozier had 3 each. CourtneyMoritz had 14 assists while Paige Griffith had 11, and Jordan Deer collected 10digs.The wins push Parkland's record to 19-0 overall ahead of another Top 10match-up when the Cobras host #7 Lincoln Land for an important M-WAC and Region24 match on Tuesday this week. First serve begins at 6:00pm and will featureone of the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation volleyball teams between sets 2and 3.
Sept. 12-Kirkwood Invite
The #1 Cobras kicked off the perennially difficult Kirkwood
Invite with #5 ranked Johnson County CC (Kansas). PC came out quickly against
the Cavaliers taking the first two sets 25-17, 25-18. Parkland led the third
23-20, but a furious rally by JCCC led them to take the third set 26-24.
However, the Cobras showed their poise leading wire-to-wire in the fourth
winning the match 25-20 in the fourth set.
A quartet of Cobra pounded double-digit kills with Miaya Peacock (14), Lizzy
Barnard (12), Laura Gross (10) and Sofi Kelemete leading that offensive charge.
Kailey Kleinert led the block with 9, and Kelemete and Gross had 5 apiece.
Kelly Lean and Jaime Johnson each notched 22 assists in the match. Peacock and
Barnard had an excellent defensive game as well. Peacock collected a career
high 25 digs, and Barnard had 15. Libero Madison Harpest joined the 20-dig club
with 20 digs of her own.
In the second match, the Cobras faced off with #3 Cowley County CC (Kansas), a
big rival and high-level team in the country each year. After a bit of a slow
start where the two teams were tied 13-13 in the first set, PC kicked into a
second gear and swept the Tigers in convincing fashion, 25-19, 25-20, 25-15.
Gross and Barnard each notched 10 kills while Barnard had another double-double
also securing 20 digs. Harpest had 19 digs and Peacock notched 13 in a stellar
defensive effort. Kleinert had 6 blocks, Kelemete 5, and Barnard and Gross had
4 apiece. Johnson had 23 assists, and Lean had 11 assists and 3 service aces.
Parkland improves to 17-0 overall ahead of two more matches tomorrow vs. #12
Central Nebraska and Kishwaukee College
Sept. 10, 2015 Cobras stay at #1
The Parkland College Volleyball team (15-0) holds stead at
#1 while the Cobra Women’s Soccer team (5-0) bumps up three spots to #5 in the
latest NJCAA polls released today. Both teams have important tests
against highly ranked opponents this weekend.
The VB team travels west to the Kirkwood CC Invitational
where they will face #5 Johnson County (8-0) at 2:00 Friday afternoon and #3
Cowley County (8-0) at 6:00 that evening. JCCC is undefeated and has won all
eight matches by 3-0 scores. Cowley is also undefeated so something will have
to give Friday in Iowa. Saturday the Cobras will take on #12
Central Nebraska (8-4) at 11 am and an improving Kishwaukee (3-5) at
Soccer will get their biggest test of the young season as
they take on fellow unbeaten and #3 Iowa Central (5-0). The Triton have
outscored their five opponents 23-2 so far this fall while the Cobras have
outscored the competition by an incredible 44-1 margin. Game time is set for
4:00 Friday in Champaign.
Sept. 9, 2015 MWAC opener vs Lincoln
The #1 ranked Cobras facedLincoln College tonight for the initial Mid-West Athletic Conference match of
the season at home. PC came out fast and swept the Lynx 25-12, 25-8, 25-21 in a
match that highlighted all 17 healthy Cobras.
Laura Gross led the offensive effort with 11 kills, and Sofi Kelemete notched 7
kills and 6 blocks. Jaime Johnson had 18 assists and 4 service aces and Kelly
Lean had 12 assists. Miaya Peacock secured 3 service aces as well.
Parkland improves to 15-0 overall and 1-0 in the M-WAC. PC travels to Cedar
Rapids, Iowa this weekend for a quartet of matches at the Kirkwood Invitational.
The #1 Cobras wrapped up the Owens Invite today with two more matches and finished the weekend with a perfect 6-0 record including victories over four Top-20 teams.
In the first match, PC def Hagerstown CC of Maryland
25-12, 25-12, 25-20. Laura Gross led the charge with 9 kills, and Gabby Pearl
had a career high 8 kills. Courtney Moritz and Paige Griffith had career highs
in assists as well with 16 and 13, respectively, and Jordan Deer led the
defense with 7 digs. Sofi Kelemete led the blocking effort with 6.
In the second match, PC faced the host school and #9
ranked Owens CC. The Cobras fought hard
and prevailed in a three-set sweep 25-23, 25-12, 26-24. Lizzy Barnard had
another double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs and a career high 5 blocks.
Gross joined Barnard in double-digit kills with 10, and Madison Harpest brought
up 12 digs. Jaime Johnson had 21 assists and Kelly Lean had 19.
Parkland improves to 10-0 overall ahead of the first home
matches on Saturday along with a series of high school matches between Cissna
Park and St Joseph-Ogden. The schedule for Saturday is below:
Saturday, September 5 at Parkland:
10am - CP vs SJO (freshmen match)
11am - CP vs SJO (JV match)
12pm - CP vs SJO (varsity match)
2pm - Parkland vs Oakton CC
3:45pm - Oakton vs Olivet Nazarene JV
5:30pm - Parkland vs OLivet Nazarene JV
The Cobras returned to the court at Owens CC today for day 2 of the 30-team Owens Invite. PC had two ranked
opponents in #16 Grand Rapids and #18 Oakland.
In the first match against the pair of Michigan schools, the Cobras swept the
Raiders of Oakland 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 behind the offense of Sofi Kelemete with
10 kills. Lizzy Barnard and Miaya Peacock each had 8 apiece. Laura Gross and
Kailey Kleinert shared blocking honors with 4 each, while Peacock led the back
row with 22 digs and Madison Harpest had 17. Kell Lean (19 assists) and Jaime
Johnson (14 assists) led the setting effort for the Cobras.
In the second match, PC came out fired up to face a consistent rival in Grand
Rapids and never let off the gas in a 25-11, 25-10, 25-14 sweep which again
highlighted all 16 active Cobras. Gross, Barnard and Peacock led the offense
with 11, 10 and 9 kills respectively. Gross also notched 5 blocks while
Kelemete had 4. Harpest collected 14 digs for the Cobras, and Johnson had 22
assists and 2 service aces in the match.
Parkland improves to 8-0 on the season and wraps up play tomorrow with two
matches against Hagerstown (Maryland) and the hosts, Owens CC.
The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras kicked off a 3-day, 6-match affair today at Owens CC in Perrysburg, Ohio.
PC faced #17 Catawba Valley CC out of North Carolina, and Catawba came out on a
mission beating back the Cobras 25-13 the first set. However, between sets, PC
righted the ship and swept the next three 25-19, 25-18, 25-12. Laura Gross had
the match of her short career blasting 15 kills and hitting .583 for the match.
Lizzy Barnard continues her fine play with a double-double notching 12 kills,
10 digs and then 4 blocks. Kailey Kleinert made her debut after a
start-of-season injury leading the blocking effort with 6. Miaya Peacock led
the defense with 24 big digs. Setters Jaime Johnson (25 assists and 10 digs)
and Kelly Lean (16 assists and 10 digs) each secured their first double-doubles
of their respective careers as well.
In the second match, it was all Cobras as they swept Muskegon CC (Michigan)
25-13, 25-13, 25-14. All 16 healthy Cobras saw action as Gross again led the
way with 10 kills and 7 blocks while fellow freshman Sofi Kelemete had 5 kills
and 5 blocks in the match. Peacock continued her strong play with 5 kills, 11
digs and 4 service aces. Johnson (12 assists) and Courtney Moritz (10 assists)
led the way for the quartet of setters who saw action in the match.
Parkland improves to 6-0 overall ahead of two Top 20 matches tomorrow with #16
Grand Rapids and #18 Oakland, both from Michigan.
Parkland volleyball concluded the Battle of the Dells tournament
today with matches against a duo of Michigan teams.
In the first match, the Cobras defeated the Jets of Jackson CC 25-11, 25-18,
25-10. Sophomores Miaya Peacock and Rowan Crozier (Monticello HS) led the
offense with 12 and 6 kills, respectively, and Crozier and Sofi Kelemete had 3
blocks each. Freshman Paige Griffith (Putnam County HS) had 14 assists and
Laura Gross had 8 digs. PC also turned around the serving problems from day 1
to finish with a team total of 15 aces.
The second match of the day went in similar fashion as the Cobras defeated Mott
CC 25-13, 25-13, 25-19. Setters Jaime Johnson (14 assists) and Kell Lean (11
assists) ran a well-distributed offense where Lizzy Barnard, Gross, Kelemete
and Peacock had 8, 7, 6 and 6 kills, respectively. Peacock notched 13 digs for
the match, and Kelemete and Gabby Pearl (Blue Ridge HS) had 4 blocks each.
The Cobras improve to 4-0 overall and take the week to get back to practice
before leaving Thursday for Owens CC in Perrysburg, Ohio. PC will play 6
matches Friday-Sunday with action kicking off versus #19 Catawba Valley of
The preseason #1 Cobras kicked off their season this morning
at the Battle of the Dells Tournament in Wisconsin Dells
In the first match of the year, the Cobras had to battle
nerves and a feeling of pressure to overcome 19 service errors in defeating D3
NJCAA #7 ranked Harper CC (IL) 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-18.
Sophomores Lizzy Barnard (Unity HS) and Miaya Peacock (Centennial HS) led the
offense with an impressive 17 kills each. Freshman middle Sofi Kelemete
(Highland HS, Pocatello Idaho) led the block with 6 blocks, and sophomore
libero Madison Harpest (Tri-Valley) led the back row effort along with Peacock
with 8 digs each. Freshman setter Jaime Johnson (Centennial HS) had an impressive
26 assists in just three sets of play while sophomore setter Kelly Lean (Upwey
HS, Victoria Australia) notched 15. Peacock also turned in 4 service aces
in the match.
In the second match, PC found an outstanding rhythm and
overwhelmed the defending NJCAA Division 3 national champions Madison College
(WI) 25-14, 25-18, 25-17. Barnard led the offense again with 10 kills
while sophomore Hayley Gray (Watseka HS) had 9. Kelemete again had a good
blocking effort with 4 while fellow freshman Laura Gross (Schlarman) led the
charge with 6. Johnson notched 20 assists and Lean had 9, and Harpest dug
14 balls in the back row while Barnard had 11. Freshman Courtney Moritz
(Fieldcrest) helped secure the win with 4 straight service points in the third
set to break open the set for the Cobras.
PC improves to 2-0 and faces a pair of Michigan teams on
Sunday morning with matches against Mott CC (9am) and Jackson (11am) to wrap up