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Cobra Volleyball team honored by Champaign Park District

Congratulations go out to the Parkland College Volleyball program for being honored by the Champaign Park District with a "Program Excellence" Award for their support of the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation programs. This award is reserved for those individuals and groups who through their business or personal interest have significantly contributed to the Park District's parks, programs, and facilities.

This season, the volleyball team had the CUSR group in for practices which culminated in a "scrimmage" with the Cobra team during the Parkland versus Danville match earlier this season. A large and appreciative crowd attended the event and fun was had by all, especially the members of the Parkland family.

Head Coach Cliff Hastings, assistant Coach Ron Hoppe, and a couple of Cobra players will accept the award on December 12 at 7:00 at the Bresnan Meeting Center.


Pair of Cobra Volleyball players named All-American

A pair of Cobra middle hitters, sophomore Shelby Geers (St. Joe-Ogden) and freshman Megan Casagrande (St. Thomas More), have earned All-American honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association. Geers earned 1st Team All-American while Casagrande was named Honorable Mention. The awards recognize the top 30 players at the NJCAA D-2 level.

Geers, who had earlier this fall been named the Region 24 and Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year, followed up a solid freshman year with a breakout sophomore campaign. In addition to leading the team to a 45-8 record and 3rd place finish, Geers finished with the third highest NJCAA D-2 hitting percentage at .450, and was 12th in the country in total kills (495) and blocks (266).

Casagrande picked up Honorable Mention honors after being a First Team All-Region and All-Conference honoree and was also the M-WAC Freshman of the Year. She finished second on the team in kills with 388 and blocks with 179. She also ended the season with a .399 hitting percentage. She will be counted on next season to anchor an experienced squad which will try and win another M-WAC and Regional title along with making a sixth consecutive trip to Nationals.


Parkland takes 3rd Place at Volleyball Nationals

It wasn't the prize they had hoped for but the Cobra Volleyball team turned in a gutsy performance on Saturday as they knocked off Owens CC to take home 3rd place at the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Tournament. The Cobras beat the Express 3-0, winning by the scores of 25-20, 25-21, and 25-18. The victory concludes the PC season at 45-8 and marks the third time in three years that the Cobras will come home with the 3rd place trophy.

Congrats to Coach Cliff Hastings and his staff on another amazing season. Special congratulations to the Cobra sophomores who guided PC to two Conference and Regional titles, two trips to Nationals where they finished 3rd and 9th. PC went 3-1 each year at Nationals with the two losses being 15-13 and 16-14 in the deciding 5th games.

The foursome of Shelby Geers, Dana Belcher, Megan Scharnett, and Jessica Galotta complied a two-year record of 86-16 and have left a lasting legacy for the program. You will truly be missed!


Oh so close......

The Parkland College Volleyball team put forth a complete team effort on Friday night but came up just short of their goal of playing for the National Championship, falling to Grand Rapids CC 3-2. The Cobras grabbed an early 2-0 lead, winning the first two sets 27-25 and 25-20 only to see Grand Rapids win the next two 25-21 and 25-17 to force the 5th and deciding game. PC would lead 8-7 as the teams switched ends and actually increased their lead to 12-9 but GR would rally to tie the match at 12. PC would again retake the lead and served for the win at 14-13 but could not score. Grand Rapids (38-1) would then score the final two points to win 16-14 and send them into their first National Championship game. They will face defending National Champs Cowley County KS who overcame a loud and enthusiastic home crowd to beat Owens CC 3-1, winning 28-26, 25-27, 25-22, and 25-19. Cowley (38-0) will carry a 61 match winning streak into the match while Grand Rapids has won 29 straight.

Saturday Games:

9th Place: Phoenix College (21-11) vs Kirkwood (39-9)
7th Place: Kishwaukee (31-15) vs Iowa Central (35-12)
5th Place: Central Neb. (32-11) vs Kansas City KS (32-7)
3rd Place: Parkland (44-8) vs Owens (36-10)
Championship: Cowley Co. (38-0) vs Grand Rapids (38-1)


Final Four Preview

Parkland is making their third trip into the Final Four in the last five seasons but is trying to get over the semi-final hump for the first time since winning the national title in 1999. PC earned a trip into the semi-finals in 2008 where they lost 3-0 to eventual champion Kishwaukee. PC knocked off Region 24 rival ICC to take home 3rd place in Coach Mike Trame's final season. In 2009, Coach Cliff Hastings first team dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 match to Cowley in the semi's, losing 15-13 in the deciding 5th set. PC would take care of Kishwaukee in the next match to finish 3rd once again.

All four teams in this year's final four are riding impressive winning streaks. Defending champion and #1 seed Cowley (37-0) has won 60 straight matches, dating back to last season. The Tigers last loss was on Sept. 20, 2011. Included in that streak was a 3-2 win over Parkland earlier this season. The Cobras actually led 2-1 in the match before Cowley rallied for the victory.

Grand Rapids, the #2 seed, comes is with a record of (37-1) having won 28 straight matches. The Raiders lone loss was at Glendale CC in Arizona back on Sept. 7. In that streak GR defeated Owens twice by the scores of 3-1 and defeated PC (3-1) 25-13, 24-26, 25-20, and 29-27. Grand Rapids has never appeared in the title game.

#3 Parkland (44-7) has the most wins of any team in D-2 VB (44) and only Iowa Western (45) and Rock Valley (45 after winning NJCAA D-3 title) have more victories in all three levels of the NJCAA. The Cobras have won 10 straight matches after seeing their 27 match winning streak stopped by ICC. After starting the season 4-5, PC has gone 40-2 since that time and owns 10 wins over teams participating at the national tournament.

Upstart Owens CC (37-9) is the Cinderella of the tournament as the host school has pulled off two consecutive upsets. The #12 seed upended #5 Kirkwood in the opening match and knocked out the other Iowa entry, #4 seed Iowa Central, in a come from behind 3-2 victory. The Express have won 11 straight matches and will have a strong contingent of fans cheering them on as they try to win their first title. It will take two more upsets to achieve this goal as they will have to knock off the #1 seed Cowley and then beat either Grand Rapids or Parkland who have they have lost all three matches to this season.


Cardiac Cobras headed to the Final Four!

The Parkland College Volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit on Thursday night as they stunned Central Nebraska 3-2 to move into the Final Four for the first time since 2009. Parkland (44-7) will take on Grand Rapids (37-1) in one of the semi-finals starting at 5:30 CST on Friday.

PC fought off match point in the first set to win 27-25 but dropped the next two 22-25 and 16-25 to set up the rally. PC took control of the match winning set four 25-16 and then raced out an 8-2 lead in the 5th and deciding set and cruised to a 15-6 victory. PC had advanced earlier in the day beating Catawba Valley 3-1. The rest of the Final Four will be decided later on Thursday as #1 Cowley (36-0) takes on Kansas City CC (31-6) and Iowa Central (35-10) faces the host school Owens CC (36-9).


PC Volleyball earns opening round win at Volleyball Nationals!

The Parkland Volleyball team rallied from a sluggish start to beat previously unbeaten Catawba Valley 3-1 to advance in the D-2 NJCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Cobras beat the Buccaneers 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, and 25-22 to set up a 4:30 (CST) match with #11 seed Central Nebraska. They upended #6 Moraine Valley 3-2 this morning.

Morning Results:

Game 1: PC 3 Catawba Valley 1
Game 2: Central Nebraska 3 Moraine Valley 2
Game 3: Grand Rapids 3 Hagerstown 0
Game 4: Kishwaukee 3 Phoenix College 0

Game 5: Lincoln Land vs Kansas City CC
Game 6: Cowley Vs NE Oklahoma
Game 7: Jowa Central vs Monroe
Game 8: Kirkwood vs Owens

Game 9: Parkland vs Central Nebraska
Game 10: Grand Rapids vs Kishwaukee
Game 11 Winner 5 vs Winner 6
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game 8


Volleyball ready to play at Nationals

Practice is over and only tonight's banquet remains before the Parkland College Volleyball team will kick off the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament. The Cobras play at 9:00 EST (8 am CST) on Thursday when they face off against Catawba Valley NC. Parkland is one of 16 teams vying for the National Championship at Owens CC in Toledo, Ohio. Parkland is making their 5th consecutive trip to Nationals with a 3rd place finish in both 2008 and 2009 their best finish during that time period.
Last season. PC lost in the opening round but came back to win their final three matches to take home the consolation bracket title and a 9th place finish. PC won the NJCAA VB title in 1999. You can follow all of the action by listening to Cobrasports.net as Brian Schutte brings you the play by play and the matches can also be seen live by going to njcaa.org or ihigh.com and follow the prompts.


Cobras earn #3 seed at National Tournament

The Parkland College Volleyball team has earned the #3 seed at the upcoming NJCAA D-II Volleyball Tournament to be held at Owens CC in Toledo, Ohio. The Cobras (42-7) will open play against the #14 seed, Catawba Valley NC (34-0), at 9 am on Thursday. Catawba is one of three undefeated teams in the 16 team field. With a victory, PC would play again at 5:30 pm against the winner of Moraine Valley and Central CC-Columbus NE. A loss in the morning game would send Parkland into a 10:00 consolation game on Friday. Parkland has played 12 matches against the other teams who have made the finals going 8-4 against them in the regular season. (Lincoln Land 2-0. Kishwaukee 2-0, Owens 1-0, Kansas City (1-0), Kirkwood (1-1), Iowa Central (1-1), Cowley (0-1), and Grand Rapids (0-1).

National Tournament Bracket Opening Round Thursday November 15

Match 1: #3 Parkland (42-7) vs #14 Catawba Valley (34-0)
Match 2: #6 Moraine Valley (35-0) vs #11 Central CC-NE. (30-10)

Match 3: #2 Grand Rapids (35-1) vs #15 Hagerstown Md. (25-3)
Match 4: #7 Phoenix College (19-10) vs #10 Kishwaukee (30-13)

Match 5: #1 Cowley County (35-0) vs #16 Northeastern Okla (17-7)
Match 6: #8 Lincoln Land (31-7) vs #9 Kansas City KS (30-6)

Match 7: #4 Iowa Central (34-10) vs #13 Monroe College NY (35-5)
Match 8: #5 Kirkwood (37-8) vs #12 Owens CC Oh. (35-9)

Winners bracket matches at 5:30 and 7:30


Volleyball sweeps post-season honors, Geers named Player of the Year

The Parkland College Volleyball team added some individual recognition to go along with their team accomplishments as Cobra players swept the post-season awards. Sophomore middle-hitter Shelby Geers (Saint Joseph-Ogden) was named the Region 24 and M-WAC Player of the Year. She is joined on the 1st Team All-Region and All-Conference team by sophomore Megan Scharnett (Centennial HS), and freshman Megan Casagrande (St. Thomas More). Casagrande was also selected Freshman of the Year in the M-WAC.

Also earning recognition were Jessica Galotta (Mother McAuley) who was selected 2nd Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-MWAC and Ally Krenz who as an Honorable Mention All-Region choice. Parkland head coach Cliff Hastings was named M-WAC Coach of the Year and shared All-Region Coach of the Year honors with Jim Dietz who guided Lincoln Land to their first national tournament appearance in school history. Parkland finished the regular season at 42-7 and will be the #3 seed at the National Tournament starting on November 15.

First Team All-Region:

Shelby Geers Parkland Player of the Year
Nichole Wagenbach ICC
Emily Orrick Lincoln Land
Haley Maxwell Lincoln Land
Megan Casagrande Parkland
Danielle Thompson ICC
Jenna Merkel Lincoln College
Megan Scharnett Parkland

Cliff Hastings-Parkland and Jim Dietz-Lincoln Land Co-Coach of the Year

First Team All Mid-West Athletic Conference:

Shelby Geers Parkland Player of the Year
Megan Casagrande Parkland Freshman of the Year
Emily Orrick Lincoln Land
Jenna Merkel Lincoln College
Haley Maxwell Lincoln Land
Megan Scharnett Parkland
Ashley Holtgrave Lewis and Clark

Cliff Hastings-Coach of the Year


Streak's alive, Cobras sweep Lincoln Land to earn 5th consecutive trip to Nationals!

The #6 Parkland College Volleyball team capped off a perfect Saturday as they swept #7 Lincoln Land (3-0) to earn their fifth consecutive trip to the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball National Tournament. The Cobras beat the top-seeded Loggers 25-21, 25-23, and 25-13 after defeating #16 Illinois Central (3-0) 25-17, 25-20, 25-20 earlier in the day.

In the championship match, the Cobras swept the Loggers of Lincoln Land in a hard fought contest. PC used the emotion of a large and vocal crowd to gut out wins in the first two sets after trailing late in both. In set 1, PC found themselves down 20-17 before outscoring the guests 8-1 to close out the win. Set 2 played out much the same as neither team could take control but LLCC led 23-22 before PC scored the final three points to escape with the win. Set 3 was all Cobras as they raced out to a 13-3 lead and never looked back.
Shelby Geers had 10 kills, Ally Krenz had 9 and Megan Casagrande had 8. Geers and Alexis Clemons each had 5 blocks for the front row effort. Defensively, Megan Scharnett had 20 digs, Jessica Galotta had 17 and Dana Belcher had 10.

In the afternoon win over ICC, PC grabbed control of the match early as they came out hungry against the Cougars who had ended their long winning streak just two weeks ago. PC never trailed in set 1 and controlled the temp and set the tone for the match. After ICC lead much of set 2, PC used a 5-0 run midway thru the set to pull away for the win. It was all Cobras in the clinching set as PC grabbed an 18-7 lead and held off a late Cougar rally.

Ally Krenz led the attack with 12 kills on 14 attempts. Megan Casagrande and Taylor West each had 6 kills as well. Setters Jordan Wooden (17 assists) and Emily Wilson (16 assists) combined for a great setting effort. Defensively, Shelby Geers led the block party with a team high 7 blocks. Sophomore libero Megan Scharnett had 18 digs in the three-set match.

Parkland (42-7) will advance to the National Tournament held at Owens CC in Toledo, Ohio November 15-17. PC, winners of eight straight and 35 of 36, will find out their seed later next week. ICC, Lincoln Land, and Lincoln will fight it out on Sunday for the second spot at Nationals.


Lincoln Land 3 Lincoln 1 27-25 25-23 22-25 25-17
PC 3 ICC 0 25-17 25-20 25-20
PC 3 Lincoln Land 0 25-21 25-23 25-13


Parkland sweeps past ICC in Region 24 Volleyball Semi-Finals.

The Cobras (41-7) knocked off ICC (3-0) Saturday afternoon to move within one game of their 5th consecutive trip to Nationals. PC won by the scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-20 to move into the Region 24/District J Finals tonight at 5:00 against Lincoln Land. The top-seeded Loggers beat Lincoln (3-1) earlier in the day. A win, and Parkland would be headed to Nationals, with a loss, PC would play again Sunday at 3:00 against the ICC-Lincoln winner with a second bid to Nationals on the line.


Parkland Volleyball wins Region 24 opening match

Congrats to the Parkland volleyball team for securing their 40th win of the season by winning their quarterfinal regional match this evening over Rend Lake. The Cobras swept the Warriors 3-0 in exactly one hour with scores of 25-12, 25-12,   and 25-8.
Shelby Geers and Ally Krenz led the offense with 10 kills each. Jennifer Wise had a perfect night offensively with 4 kills on 4 attempts in 2 sets of action. Setters Jordan Wooden (21 assists and 7 digs) and Emily Wilson (17 assists and 6 digs) each set the team well and played solid defense.
Parkland will now host the Region 24 Final Four this Saturday and Sunday in the Dodds Athletic Complex. The schedule for the two day event is listed below.

Wednesday Results:
#1 Lincoln Land 3 #8 DACC 0
#2 ICC 3 #7 Lewis and Clark 0
#3 Parkland 3 #6 Rend Lake 0
#4 Lincoln College 3 #5 SWIC 0

Saturday ALL Games at Parkland College
12:00 Gm 1 Lincoln Land (30-6) vs Lincoln College (19-15)
2:00 Gm 2 ICC (26-13) vs Parkland (40-7)
5:00 Gm 3 Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2 (Winner is District J Champ)

12:00 Gm 4 Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
3:00 Gm 5 Winner Game 4 vs Loser Game 3 (Winner is District K Champ)


Volleyball opens Regional play tonight

The Parkland College Volleyball team will begin Region 24 action tonight when they host Rend Lake College (9-27) starting at 6:00. PC beat the Lady Warriors 3-0 earlier this season in the Parkland Invitational. The Cobras (39-7) will be going after their 40th win of the season which would move them into the Final Four to be hosted by Parkland this Saturday and Sunday. The loser of the match will see their season come to an end.

Wednesday Schedule:
All games at 6:00 at home sites

Danville @ Lincoln Land
Lewis and Clark @ Illinois Central
Rend Lake @ Parkland
SWIC @ Lincoln College

Saturday game times (All games at Parkland)

12:00 Lincoln Land/DACC winner vs Lincoln/SWIC winner
2:00 IC/L&C winner vs PC/Rend Lake winner
5:00 12:00 winner vs 2:00 winner (Winner advances to Nationals as District J Champ)

Sunday game times (All games at PC)
12:00 12:00 Saturday loser vs 2:00 Saturday loser
3:00 12:00 Sunday winner vs 5:00 Saturday loser (Winner advances to Nationals at District K Champ)


Cobra Volleyball wraps up regular season with pair of wins

The #6 Parkland Cobras hosted their final regular season matches today and won both by identical 3-0 scores. In the first match, Parkland faced #8 Vincennes (Indiana) and defeated the Blazers by the scores of 25-18, 25-18, and 25-22. In the finale, the Cobras raced by East Central Mo. 25-17, 25-9, and 25-22.

In the opener, Ally Krenz led the attack with 9 kills and fellow freshman right side Taylor West had 7 kills. Shelby Geers had 6 kills and 5 blocks while Megan Casagrande had 5 kills and 7 blocks. Freshmen setters Jordan Wooden (16 assists) and Emily Wilson (14 assists) directed the offense. Defensively, freshman Julia Sciole notched her career high with 14 digs, and sophomore Dana Belcher had 11.

Against EC, freshmen Taylor West and Megan Casagrande led the offense with 9 kills each, and Shelby Geers notched 6 kills and 4 blocks. Emily Wilson had 16 assists, and Jessica Galotta had 10 digs. Emma Cabutti dug 9 balls for the Cobras in the winning effort.

The Cobras wrap up the regular season with a record of 39-7 and willl go for their 40th win on Wednesday night as they start Regional 24 action. Parkland will face Rend Lake at 6pm at home in one of the quarterfinal matches. PC will also host the Region 24 Final Four on Saturday and Sunday.  


Volleyball team to wrap up regular season this week, Region 24 bracket set

The Parkland College Volleyball team will wrap up the regular season this week when they host a tri-match on Saturday October 27th. The Cobras will take on Vincennes at Noon, VU and East Central will face off at 2 before PC and East Central square off at 4:00.

The Region 24 tournament will go thru Champaign this year as PC will host a quarterfinal match as well as the Region 24/District Finals. The match-ups were announced today and the Cobras will host Rend Lake starting at 6:00 on October 31st. The winner will advance to the Final Four on November 3-4 at Parkland.

Region 24 Seedings:

Wednesday October 31st 6:00

#8 Danville (5-22) @ #1 Lincoln Land (25-5)
#5 Southwestern Illinois (11-21) @ #4 Lincoln College (16-13)
#7 Lewis and Clark (9-24) @ #2 Illinois Central (25-13)
#6 Rend Lake (9-28) @ #3 Parkland (37-7)


Volleyball picks up two wins on second day off ICC Tournament

The Parkland Cobra Volleyball team's new winning streak is now at three after going 2-0 on day 2 of the ICC tournament held in East Peoria.

In match 1, Parkland won 3-1 over East Central (MO) - 25-12, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20. Middle hitters Shelby Geers and Megan Casagrande led the offense with 13 kills each. Both setters notched a double-double with Emily Wilson notching 27 assists and 12 digs, and Jordan Wooden had 20 assists and 11 digs. Jessica Galotta had 19 digs, and Megan Scharnett and Dana Belcher each had 14.
In the second match, PC defeated Lewis & Clark 25-19, 25-9, 25-12. Shelby Geers again had 13 kills, and freshmen Emma Cabutti and Julia Sciole led the defensive effort with 7 digs each.
Parkland improves to 37-7 overall with a week off to fine-tune prior to two matches at Parkland this coming Saturday vs Vincennes (IN) and East Central (MO) again. The Cobras will also host the Region 24 Tournament which gets underway on Wednesday October 31.


Volleyball's record breaking winning streak comes to an end at 27

Like most things, all good things must come to an end and such was the end of the long record-breaking 27 match winning streak, as Parkland went 1-1 on day 1 of the ICC tournament.
In match 1, the #4 Cobras fell to region foe #20 ICC 3-1, losing by the scores of 20-25, 25-22, 25-27, and 22-25. Megan Casagrande led with 12 kills, Ally Krenz had 8, and Shelby Geers and Jessica Galotta had 7 each. Jessica also led the defense with 18 digs while Dana Belcher had 14. The loss was the Cobras first since falling to #1 ICC 3-2 at the Kirkwood Invitational. The victory for ICC avenged an earlier 3-0 defeat at the hands of Parkland last month at the Parkland Invitational.
In match 2, the Cobras started a new winning streak with an easy 3-0 win over D-1 Lake Land, winning 25-11, 25-16, and 25-11. Alexis Clemons had 8 kills and Taylor West had 6. Emily Wilson had 17 assists and 9 digs in the match. Parkland is now (35-7) and will face East Central (MO.) and Lewis & Clark at 11am and 1pm tomorrow to wrap up the tournament.


Volleyball stops #11 Kishwaukee and Southwestern Iowa, run streak to 27!

The #4 Parkland Volleyball team defeated #11 Kishwaukee Saturday morning (3-0) winning by the scores of 25-20, 25-15, and 25-14. Megan Casagrande led the offense again with 10 kills, Ally Krenz had 8 kills, and Shelby, Jenn and Alexis notched 5 kills each. Jordan Wooden and Emily Wilson each had 18 assists, and Jessica Galotta reigned in 16 digs in the
match. It was the second 3-0 sweep of the Kougars this season.
In the fourth and final match of the weekend, Parkland faced an unranked (but solid) Southwestern Iowa team who came into the contest at 20-8 overall. The Cobras came out flat and dropped the first set, but they did what they've done all year and fought back to come up with the win (3-1) with scores of 21-25, 25-14, 25-13, and 25-12.
Shelby Geers had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 blocks. Ally Krenz also had 12 kills. Megan Casagrande and Alexis Clemons each had 9 kills in the match as well. Jordan Wooden had 23 assists and Emily Wilson had 19. Jessica Galotta had 17 digs and Megan Scharnett had 16 for the winning Cobras who have now won 27 straight matches and improve to
(34-6) on the season.
Parkland will be off until next Friday and Saturday when they travel to Illinois Central. PC will play the host Cougars. Lake Land, East Central Mo. and Lewis and Clark in the two day event.


Volleyball up to challenge, move winning streak to 25!

The #4 Parkland College Volleyball team had to dig deep on Friday to keep their winning streak alive but managed to hang on for a hard fought 3-2 win over #10 Iowa Central. PC avenged an earlier 3-0 loss, in the first match of the season, to the Triton. This time it was PC who would prevail with a 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, and 15-12 victory. Earlier in the day PC defeated Marshalltown Ia. (3-0) 25-11, 25-12, and 25-21.

When the Cobras met Iowa Central back in match 1 of the season, PC was filled with wide-eyed freshman battling a season Triton team. Nothing highlighted this more than freshman Megan Casagrande who failed to record a single kill in the match. 37 matches later the Cobras showed they have "grown up" and Casagrande came out with something to prove as she led PC with 16 kills. Fellow freshman Ally Krenz had 8 kills and Taylor Wise added 7. The two freshman setters Jordan Wooden (28 assists) and Emily Wilson (22 assists) did an outstanding job of setting up the Cobra hitters.

Not to be outdone, the 4 sophomores dug deep and led PC to this great win. Shelby Geers had 5 kills and 8 blocks, Jessica Galotta had 6 kills, 2 aces and 12 digs, Dana Belcher had 4 kills and 11 digs, and Megan Scharnett came up with 15 huge digs vs Iowa Central's hard hitting outside hitters.

In the win over Marshalltown, Ally Krenz paced the offense with 8 kills. Megan Casagrande finished with 7, and Shelby Geers had 7 kills and 5 blocks. Jordan Wooden had 17 assists, and Emily Wilson had 10 for the Cobras.

The afternoon win over Iowa Central, the Cobras 25th straight, moves the Cobras to (32-6) while Iowa Central, winners of 18 of their last 19, drop to (25-9). Saturday will be another challenge as PC squares off against #11 Kishwaukee at 8 am and an unranked but pesky Southwestern Iowa team at 10.


#4 PC Volleyball clinches 18th straight conference title!

The #4 Parkland Cobras pushed their winning streak to 23 straight with a 3-0 win over conference rival Danville Area CC, winning by the scores of 25-9, 25-12, and 25-14. The win clinched the M-WAC championship for the Cobras, their 18th straight conference title, and earned them their 30th win of the season to improve their record to 30-6 over-all. The match was played in front of a huge crowd on sophomore night and a special exhibition with members from the C-U Special Recreation group.

Middle hitters Shelby Geers and Megan Casagrande led the way offensively with 11 and 9 kills respectively without a single error for either hitter. Jordan Wooden had 18 assists and Emily Wilson had 13. The outstanding sophomore defensive trio led the back row defense with Jessica Galotta notching 8 digs, Megan Scharnett 7 digs and Dana Belcher 5.

The Cobras travel to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for a tough 4-match tournament including matches vs #10 Iowa Central and #11 Kishwaukee College. PC lost to Iowa Central in the first match of the season and defeated Kish. in their only other meeting this season.


Volleyball keeps rolling with wins over #7 Owens and Kellogg

The PC Volleyball team kept up their lengthy winning streak as they swept by #7 Owens and Kellogg CC by the scores of 3-0 in each match. The sweep moves the #6 Cobras to (29-6) and increases their winning streak to 22 matches.

The Cobras got things started early Saturday with the win over Kellogg. PC won by the scores of 25-9, 25-18, and 25-11 which allowed the team to play a variety of players. Shelby Geers lead the way once again with 9 kills, Taylor West added 8, and Megan Casagrande finished with 7. Emily Wilson came up with 17 assists, 12 digs, and 4 service aces in one of her best performances of the season. Jordan Wooden handed out 15 assists while Emma Cabutti had 13 digs.

In the match with the Owens Express, the Cobras posted an impressive 25-23, 25-12, 25-16 win over a team ranked just one spot below them in the latest NJCAA poll. Ally Krenz came up big with a team high 10 kills while Geers and Casagrande each had 8 kills and 4 blocks on the afternoon. Wooden had 20 assists and Wilson 14 to spur the balanced attack. Megan Schnarnett came up with 16 digs, Jessica Galotta had 13, and Dana Belcher 11 in the winning effort.

Parkland will return to action on Wednesday night when they host Danville Area CC at 6:00. PC would wrap up the M-WAC title with a victory over the visiting Jaguars. The Cobras swept DACC just a week ago in a match at Millikin.


#6 Cobras run streak to 20 with win at #13 Vincennes

The #6 Parkland College Volleyball team battled back from an opening set loss to upend #13 Vincennes (3-1) in the opening match of the Blazers Invitational. The Cobras won 24-26, 25-15, 25-12, 25-20 to run their winning streak to 20 games.

PC was clicking on offense as Shelby Geers and Megan Casagrande each put down 14 kills to pace the attack. Taylor West added 10 kills of her own while Ally Krenz added 9 and Alexis Clemons 8. Jordan Wooden and Emily Wilson each handed out 26 assists while Jessica Galotta had a career high 30 digs. Megan Scharnett came up big as well picking up 23 digs on the night.

Parkland (27-6) will take on #6 Owens and Kellogg CC on Saturday to conclude play in the four-team event.


Win streak hits 19 as Volleyball wins pair

The #8 PC Volleyball team picked up a pair of wins on Sunday as they easily defeated Danville and Southwestern Illinois as part of a one-day event at Millikin University in Decatur. The Cobras blitzed the Jaguars 25-12, 25-9, 25-11 and the Blue Storm 25-22, 25-11, and 25-16.

In the opener vs DACC, PC received balanced play to key the win. Ally Krenz had 9 kills, Shelby Geers added 8 kills and 8 blocks, while Alexis Clemons (7 kills), Megan Casagrande (6 kills), and Taylor West (5 kills) all made key contributions. Jordan Wooden picked up 19 assists while Emily Wilson had 15 assists and 10 digs. Against SWIC, after surviving a tight opening set, the Cobras pulled away for their 19th straight win. Krenz again had 8 kills, Shelby Geers and Megan Casagrande both had 6 kills and 5 blocks. Wooden dished out 17 assists, Wilson handed out 11 assists and came up with 7 digs, while Jessica Galotta added 7 digs in the win.

Parkland (26-6) will return to action on Friday and Saturday at the Vincennes Invitational. PC will potentially face ranked foes Oakland, Owens CC, and the host Blazers


Cobras keep up their winning ways

The #8 Cobra Volleyball team ran their winning streak to 17 straight with a 3-0 victory over the Millikin University JV. PC won the match in a quick 55 minutes by the scores of 25-8, 25-13, and 25-17. Shelby Geers was one kill away from perfection hitting 10-0-11 (10 kills, 0 errors, 11 attempts), while also notching 4 blocks. Alexis Clemons had 6 kills and 3 blocks and Megan Casagrande had 5 kills and 5 blocks of her own. Jordan Wooden handed out 16 assists while her counterpart Emily Wilson added 11. Megan Scharnett and Jessica Galotta each had 11 digs in the victory.
Parkland moves to (24-6) on the season and will travel to Millikin on Sunday for a pair of matches against Danville Area CC at 1 and Southwestern Illinois at 3.


PC goes 6-0 over weekend!

The #8 Parkland College Volleyball team (23-6) went a perfect 6-0 at their own Eastland Suites/Parkland Invitational picking up straight set (3-0) wins over Macomb and McHenry CC on Sunday at the Dodds Athletic Complex.

PC defeated Macomb 25-19, 25-14, and 25-14 before rolling past McHenry 25-9, 25-13, and 25-23.
Four players led the effort on offense in the opening match with Ally Krenz pacing the attack with 12 kills. Taylor West added 8 while Shelby Geers and Megan Casagrande finished with 7. Jordan Wooden handed out 23 assists while Emily Wilson had 17. Megan Scharnett came up with 15 digs and fellow sophomore Jessica Galotta had 9.

Against McHenry, Geers was the leader in this match with 8 kills and 7 blocks against the undermanned Scots. Taylor West added 6 kills while Jennifer Wise and Casagrande each had 5. Megan Scharnett again played well with 10 digs and 3 services aces. The Cobras will be off until Thursday night when they host the Millikin University JV starting at 6:00.


Winning streak at 15 as Cobras stay perfect in Region play

The Parkland Cobras ran their winning streak to 15 matches with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-10 win over Rend Lake in the Cobras fourth match of the Eastland Suites/Parkland Invitational tournament. Shelby Geers again led the offense with 9 kills, and Ally Krenz, Taylor West and Megan Casagrande each had 7 kills in the match. Megan Scharnett had 10 digs and Jessica Galotta added 9. The Cobras are now 21-6 and play their final two matches tomorrow at 9am vs Macomb CC of Michigan and at 12:30 against McHenry County College.  


PC gets revenge, knocks off #10 Kirkwood

The #8 Parkland Volleyball team picked up their 20th win of the season Saturday as they won a grueling (3-2) match over #10 Kirkwood. The Eagles had beaten the Cobras in the second match of the year at the SE Iowa Invite. This time however it was the Cobras who would prevail beating Kirkwood 23-25, 25-19, 26-25, 13-25, and 15-11 in a well played and highly entertaining match. Almost every Cobra had a career high as Shelby Geers pounded out 19 kills and added 5 blocks. Megan Casagrande had 11 kills and 5 blocks while Ally Krenz and Alexis Clemons had 9 kills each. Taylor West led all blockers with 6 in the match. Jordan Wooden had 33 assists and Emily Wilson had 23 and the two setters combined for 8 kills of their own. Megan Scharnett, Jessica Galotta, and Dana Belcher worked the defense and serve-receive to perfection as the trio notched a phenomenal 33, 29, and 18 kllls respectively. PC will go for their 21st win and 14th straight on Saturday night at 7:30 when they face-off against Rend Lake in a Region 24 match. PC will play Macomb and McHenry on Sunday to wrap up play.


Cobras open Eastland Suites/Parkland Invite with pair of wins

The #9 Parkland College Volleyball team continued to serve notice that they are the team to beat in Region 24 as they swept two region foes to run their winning streak to 12 matches as they dominated #16 Illinois Central and Southwestern Illinois (3-0) in each contest.

Against ICC, the Cougars came out on fire building an early 12-8 lead only to see the Cobra rally for a 25-19 win. From that point is was all Parkland as PC grabbed a 10-1 lead in the second set and won 25-18, and took a 15-3 lead in the third to win going away 25-12. Megan Casagrande had 9 kills and 3 blocks to pace a balanced attack which saw Ally Krenz finish with 7 kills and 4 blocks, Shelby Geers added 6 kills and 5 blocks, and Taylor West finished with 6 kills and 2 blocks. Jordan Wooden dished out 16 assists and came up with 7 digs, Emily Wilson added 12 assists, Jessica Galotta 15 digs and Megan Scharnett 11 in the winning effort.

PC also won in three versus the Blue Storm beating SWIC 25-14, 25-12, and 25-17. Casagrande once again lead the way with 9 kills and 3 digs, Geers added 8 and 3, and Krenz finished with 7 kills. Jordan Wooden finished with 17 assists and 7 digs and Emily Wilson chimed in with 14 assists and 9 digs of her own. Scharnett and Galotta continued their strong defensive play with 10 digs apiece.

Parkland (19-6) will put their winning streak on the line on Saturday morning at 9:00 when they face Kirkwood. The Eagles beat PC (3-1) in the second match of the season. Parkland will then return to action at 7:30 pm against fellow Region 24 foe Rend Lake. The Cobras will play two more matches on Sunday, again starting at 9 am.


Parkland caps perfect weekend with Kankakee Invitational title

The #9 Parkland College Volleyball team went a perfect (5-0) at the Kankakee Invitational to take home first place in the six team event. In addition to winning all five matches, the Cobras did not lose a set going a perfect 15-0. Parkland is now (16-6) on the year and has won nine straight headed into Tuesday's 6:00 M-WAC contest against Lewis and Clark. Parkland will play seven matches at home this week after playing 21 of their first 22 on the road. The highlight of the week will be the Parkland Invitational next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

In Saturday's first match, Parkland faced off with Rock Valley, a team that brought in an 18-1 record and #2 ranking in D3. The Cobras won the match (3-0) winning by the scores of 31-29, 25-7, and 25-21. Shelby Geers led the offense and block with 11 kills and 7 blocks, while Megan Casagrande added 10 kills. Jordan Wooden had 16 assists, and Emily Wilson had 15 assists and 3 aces. Defensively, Megan Scharnett had 18 digs and Jessica Galotta had 15 digs.

In the fourth match of the tourney, Parkland faced off with the Jackson Jets from Jackson, Michigan. Parkland defeated Jackson (3-0) 25-14, 25-21, and 25-14. Geers had 10 kills while Alexis Clemons and Ally Krenz had 8 kills each. Jordan Wooden notched 26 assists, Megan Scharnett had 11 digs and Jessica Galotta had 10 digs.

In the fifth and final match, PC faced off with the home team, the Kankakee Cavaliers who are receiving votes in the Top 20 poll. Parkland defeated KCC for the second time this season, beating the Cavs (3-0) 25-14, 25-15, and 25-20. Shelby had 10 kills and 7 blocks; Jenn Wise had her best match of the year with 7 kills; Megan Casagrande and Alexis Clemons had 6 kills. Wooden and Emily Wilson had 18 and 13 assists, respectively and Megan Scharnett had 8 digs. Shelby Geers, Megan Scharnett and Jessica Galotta were named to the All-Tournament team.


Cobras take pair of games to start Kankakee Invite

The #9 Parkland College Volleyball team opened play on Friday at the Kankakee Cavalier Invitational and swept a pair of matches. The Cobras took care of Sauk Valley (3-0) winning 25-13, 25-11, and 25-20 and beat Muskegon by the identical (3-0) score 25-20, 25-18, and 25-22.

In the afternoon win over Sauk (10-3), Shelby Geers paced the attack with 10 kills while Alexis Clemons had 7. Jordan Wooden dished out 21 assists, Megan Casagrande added 5 blocks, Dana Belcher had 3 services aces, and Jessica Galotta finished with 12 digs.

In the hard fought win over Muskegon (7-8), Geers once again helped lead the way with 12 kills and Casagrande finished with 7 kills and 5 blocks. The balanced attack also received strong play from Jordan Wooden (20 assists) and Emily Wilson who handed out 16 assists. Megan Scharnett came up with 14 digs and Ally Krenz 6 kills in the victory.

Next up for the Cobras (13-6) will be three more matches on Saturday as PC will face off against Rock Valley, Jackson CC of Michigan, and the host KCC Cavs to wrap up the two-day event.


Volleyball celebrates move back into Top 10 with sweep of Lincoln College

The Parkland College Volleball team celebrated their move back into the NJCAA Top 10, as the #9 Cobras swept past M-WAC foe Lincoln College (3-0). PC beat the host Lynx 25-16, 25-14, and 25-19 to run their winning streak to four straight and seven of their last eight.

On Wednesday night, Parkland used their talented and deep roster to dominate Lincoln. Shelby Geers once again led the way with 8 kills and 5 blocks, Taylor West added 7, and Jennifer Wise and Megan Casagrande had 6 kills apiece. Also putting up big numbers were Alexis Clemons with 6 kills and Ally Krenz had 5. Emily Cabutti returned to the line-up with 16 assists, Jordan Wooden added 15, while Megan Scharnett had 11 digs and 5 service aces.

Parkland (11-6 2-0) will travel to the Kankakee Invite this Friday and Saturday and play 5 more matches. The Cobras will play Sauk Valley and Muskegon on Friday before taking on Rock Valley, Jackson CC, and Kankakee. Rock Valley is (15-0) and ranked #2 in the NJCAA D-3 Poll while both Sauk Valley (10-2) and KCC (10-7) received votes in the latest poll. Lincoln drops to (6-6 1-1) with the loss.


Volleyball picks up two more wins to cap strong week

The Parkland College Volleyball team capped off it's most successful week of the season on Saturday with a sweep of Iowa Lakes and Kishwaukee. Along with the win over Lincoln Land earlier in the week, PC finished 4-1 for the week with wins over teams ranked #3 and #4 in the pre-season, #15 Lincoln Land, and D-1 power Indian Hills. The lone loss was to defending National Champion and current #1 Cowley County in 5 sets. The victories move PC to (10-6) on the season ahead of a Wednesday night match at M-WAC foe Lincoln College.

On Saturday, PC pounded Iowa Lakes 3-0 winning by the convincing scores of 25-18, 25-11, and 25-22. Shelby Geers had 6 kills while 5 other Cobras had at least 3 kills in the sweep. Later in the day, PC beat rival Kishwaukee also 3-0, defeating the Kougars 25-13, 25-21, and 25-16. Ally Krenz and Alexis Clemons each had 10 kills to pace the attack while Geers had 6 blocks and Krenz for of her own. Megan Scharnett came up big on defense as she had 22 important digs.


Volleyball bounces back, blitzes D-1 Indian Hills

The #13 PC Volleyball team bounced back in impressive fashion Friday afternoon as they blitzed D-1 power Indian Hills CC of Iowa 3-0. The Cobras won the match 25-17, 25-19, and 25-11 to improve to (8-6) on the season while the Warriors (9-2) saw their seven game and 22 set winning streak snapped.

Balance was once again the key for the maturing Cobras as Taylor West paced the attack with 8 kills. Megan Casagrande added 7 kills and 8 more blocks while Shelby Geers, Alexis Clemons, Jennifer Wise, and Ally Krenz each had 5 kills apiece.
Megan Scharnett was a star on defense with 14 digs for the winning Cobras.

Parkland will face nemesis Iowa Lakes at 10:30 am on Saturday and rival Kishwaukee at 1:30 in their final two matches of the Kirkwood CC Invite.


#13 PC Volleyball battles to end but falls to #1 Cowley 3-2

The PC Volleyball team put up a strong effort but fell short in their efforts to knock off #1 Cowley County CC in the opening game of the Kirkwood Invite. The Tigers outlasted the Cobras 3-2, winning the match by the scores of 25-20, 15-25, 25-20, 19-25, and 15-10. Shelby Geers, Ally Krenz, and Taylor Wise each had 9 kills on the match Megan Casagrande had 8 kills and 8 blocks. Megan Scharnett had 31 digs while Jessica Galotta added 22 for the Cobras.

PC is now 7-6 on the season. Five of those losses coming to team ranked in the current NJCAA Top 10. Three of the Cobras wins have come against teams ranked in the top 15 and two others were against programs who were ranked in the top 15 but have since dropped out of the polls. PC will take on Indian Hills, Iowa Lakes. and Kishwaukee during the rest of the two day event at Kirkwood.


Volleyball gets back above on track with sweep of Schoolcraft and Columbus State

The #7 Parkland College Volleyball team moved back above the . 500 mark on Sunday as they swept a pair of matches against Schoolcraft MI and Columbus State OH. PC won the opener (3-0) 25-17, 25-12, and 25-10 before holding off Columbus State (3-1) 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, and 25-21.

Shelby Geers had 12 kills in the opening match while Megan Casagrande added 9 and Ally Krenz 7. In the win over Columbus, PC had one of their best over-all team efforts with four players with 8 or more kills. Geers once again led the way with 14, Casagrande was close behind with 13, Krenz 10, and Alexis Clemons with 8.

Parkland has another busy week ahead, starting with a huge M-WAC showdown against Lincoln Land (6-2). The winner of the match will be the heavy favorite to earn the conference title. PC will then head to the Kirkwood Invite where they will face off against three of the top 4 teams in the NJCAA. On Friday PC will go up against top ranked and defending National Champion Cowley County KS. along with D-1 power Indian Hills. Saturday the Cobras take on #3 Kishwaukee and #4 Iowa Lakes. The Cobras have already faced 7 nationally ranked teams this season.


Parkland picks up split against two more ranked opponents

Another day and another pair of matches against nationally ranked opponents for the Parkland College Volleyball Team. The Cobras, who have now played seven nationally ranked teams in their first nine games, defeated #12 Pasco-Hernando CC of Florida (3-0), winning by the scores of 27-25, 25-17, and 25-12. The Cobras were not as fortunate later in the afternoon as they fell (3-1) to #2 Oakland CC, losing 25-21, 23-25, 27-25, and 25-11. With the match tied at 1, PC had two sets points in set #3 but could not close out the win.

In the win over Pasco, balance was the key as Shelby Geers collected 10 kills while Alexis Clemons and Emily Wilson had 8 kills apiece. Jordan Wooden added 19 assists while Megan Scharnett had 11 assists int the victory. In the loss to Oakland, Geers again paced the attack with 10 kills, Megan Casagrande also had 10, Ally Krenz put up 5 blocks, and Jessica Galotta had her best all-around match of the season adding 8 kills and coming up with 11 digs.

The Cobras face two more tough, but unranked opponents on Sunday, when they go up against Schoolcraft CC of Michigan and Columbus State College of Ohio in the final day of the Owens CC Classic.


Volleyball continues to improve but falls to ranked foes

The young Parkland College Volleyball team continues to improve despite playing arguably the most difficult schedule in the country early in the 2012 campaign. The Cobras (3-4) fell to #8 Johnson County (7-0) 24-26, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25 and #9 Grand Rapids (7-0) 13-25, 24-26, 25-20, 29-27, Despite the losses, head coach Cliff Hastings continues to see marked improvement in his team and believes once the group gets more experience playing together against this quality competition, the victories will start to come. With the season just seven days old, the Cobras have already played five teams (#6, #8, #9, #16, and #25) in the pre-season NJCAA poll and will make it seven after Saturday's matches against #2 Oakland and #12 Pasco-Hernando.

Shelby Geers was the offensive starwalt for PC with 14 kills in the first match and 16 more in the second. Ally Krenz had 15 on the day with 8 in the opener and 7 in the night cap. PC will face off against #12 Pasco-Hernando at 12:30 on Saturday before taking on #2 Oakland at 4:00. The Cobras will take on two unranked foes on Sunday in the final day of the three-day tournament at Owens CC in Toledo, Ohio.


Cobra Volleyball rolls in home opener

The #7 Parkland Cobras volleyball team opened their home schedule on Tuesday against #16 Kankakee CC. The Cobras started well and played at a high level throughout the match to win 3-0: 25-11, 25-16, and 25-13.

The two freshmen setters (Jordan Wooden, St. Teresa and Emily Wilson, Lincoln) ran a well-distributed and efficient offense helping fellow freshman Alexis Clemons (St. Teresa) to a match high 11 kills. Sophomore Shelby Geers (St. Joseph-Ogden) notched 8 kills, and freshmen Ally Krenz (Prairie Central) and Megan Casagrande (St. Thomas More) had 6 kills each. Casagrande also led the defense at the net with 7 blocks while sophomore libero Megan Scharnett (Centennial) led the defense in the back row with 11 digs.

Parkland improves to 3-2 and travel to a very difficult Owens CC tournament this weekend in Toledo, OH. The Cobras will have 6 matches over the three day event facing 4 opponents ranked in the top 12 in the country.


Volleyball picks up two wins to even up record

A day after suffering two disappointing defeats to open the season, the Cobra Volleyball rebounded with a convincing win over SE Iowa and a hard fought five-set victory over #25 Kansas City KS CC on Saturday.

In the morning session, PC picked up their first win of the season by easily defeating SE Iowa in 3 sets winning by the scores of 25-15, 25-14, and 25-10. Shelby Geers (10 kills) and Megan Casagrande (7 kills) paced the attack

The afternoon match was a tightly played affair as the Cobras rallied for a 25-18, 18-25, 20-25, 25-21, and 15-11 win over KCCC. PC trailed 2-1 sets to one and 10-8 in the final set before tallying seven of the final eight points of the match to earn the win.

Parkland (2-2) will take on another ranked foe on Tuesday night when they host #15 Kankakee starting at 6:00 at the Dodds Athletic Center at Parkland College.  


Cobra Volleyball team has rough start on opening day of 2012 season

The #7 ranked Parkland Cobras volleyball team started their season today at the Southeastern Community College Invitational in Burlington, Iowa. The Cobras faced two teams looking for revenge from the 2011 season, and unfortunately, those teams got what they came for.

In the first match, #6 Iowa Central CC def Parkland 25-20, 25-19, 25-20. Sophomore middle hitter Shelby Geers (St. Joseph-Ogden) and freshman Alexis Clemons (St. Teresa HS) led the Cobra offense with 7 kills each. Sophomore libero Megan Scharnett (Centennial) provided 18 digs, and Geers also notched 3 blocks.

In the second match, Parkland started well against an underrated Kirkwood squad, but Kirkwood fought back and defeated the Cobras 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22. Geers and Clemons again led the offensive effort with 11 and 7 kills, respectively. Scharnett had 24 digs and 2 aces on the match. And Geers once again led the blocking effort with 8 blocks.

Parkland (0-2) looks to right the ship on Saturday with two more matches. The morning match will be against the host school and then the afternoon match will be with #25 Kansas City Kansas CC which defeated Kirkwood earlier on Friday.

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