The Parkland College Volleyball team will open its 2014 season with the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Poll
The Cobras, who finished second in 2013, open their season this Friday and Saturday at the South Suburban Classic in the Wisconsin Dells. Parkland will face Carl Sandburg and No. 12 Kansas City Kansas Community College on Friday before facing off against a pair of Michigan schools, Mott and No. 13 Muskegon on Saturday.
As always, the Cobras will be tested early as they face nine other teams ranked in the top 20 during the first three weeks of the season. After seeing two ranked squads in Wisconsin, Parkland will play three of six matches at the Owens Invitational against ranked foes (No. 6 Oakland, No. 10 Grand Rapids, and No. 18 Catawba Valley). The Kirkwood Invitational, a week later, is loaded with talent as PC will take on defending National Champion and No. 2 Cowley, No. 3 Johnson County, No. 5 Central Nebraska, and No. 7 Iowa Central.
Parkland is scheduled to go up against 13 of the top 20 teams at some point in time during the upcoming season. The Cobras will play their first three tournaments and 14 matches on the road before playing for the first time at home on September 10 against M-WAC rival Lewis and Clark.