Coach Melissa Blessington and the Southwestern Spartans finished an amazing run today defeating Grand Rapids in three straight sets at the NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championships in Perrysburg, OH.
The Spartans end their season with a record of 37-10.
To watch an archived broadcast of the match, visit NJCAA TV's Web site.
Southwestern used a defensive half in which they allowed talented North Central Missouri only 20 points to propel themselves to a fourth straight win Wednesday, November 20, 57-52. The Spartans charged out of the gate 10-2 on basket attacks and assists from Elliott Hamdeed and Matt Orchard. The game then dramatically changed as the Pirates got some long rebounds and steals for transition baskets. North Central Missouri also pounded the offensive boards for 13 offensive rebounds in the first half. The Pirates took a 32-26 advantage into the locker room at the half.
Then the Spartan's defense became more active, and Southwestern was able to keep North Central quiet for most of the second half, supported by Jared Theis on the defensive boards. Southwestern finally managed to take the lead with six minutes to play on a post feed to Mataika Koyamainavure, 49-48. As the Spartans clung to their lead, the key moment occurred late in the contest when North Central made a three-point goal to cut the lead to 54-50 and Orchard was fouled while blocking out. The Pirates bench then picked up a technical foul. Orchard made three of four free throws to up the margin back to seven with time ticking away.
The win gives Southwestern four consecutive wins and moves them to 4-2 on the season. They next play Central Nebraska Tuesday in Columbus. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
The Spartan narrowly let their lead from the majority of the game slip away in the final minutes of their contest with the visiting North Central Missouri College Pirates on Wednesday, November 20. A combination of missed free-throws, a series of missed last-minute shots, and the Pirates raining in seven three pointers in the second half, left the Spartans on the losing end of a 55-53 final score.
Head Coach Addae Houston commented, "Once again the first half of the game was good for us. We played solid defense and stuck to the game plan; limit their three-point shooting and contain the post play inside. We led at the half 27-18 without giving up a single three pointer."
"We have to break the streak of not being a second-half team and learn to play for forty minutes mainly on the defensive end. Unfortunately it is the one area that our team has been consistent at, and we will not be able to be the team that I know we are capable of being until we learn how to put teams away when we are ahead."
Students from the Osceola High School and Creston college carpentry and building trades classes braved the wind, cold, and rain yesterday, November 20, to help neighbors in Osceola with a ramp project on their house.
The SWCC agricultural department held the 2013 Breeder’s Classic Sale on Sun., November 10, 2013. There were almost 200 people in attendance selling 26 head with an average of $1,646. Bred females averaged $2,340. There were more than 20 local consignors represented with over 50 area businesses and individuals sponsoring the event.
Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., November 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.
Public hearings were held for earthwork and major utilities, footings and foundations, and the sale and issuance of dormitory revenue bonds for the new dormitory construction project. No oral or written objections were heard or submitted.
After their last game against nationally ranked Highland CC, the Spartans little time to ready themselves to host Graceland JV on Monday, November 18. The Spartans, growing as a team, jumped out early and held on for the win, 74-63.
Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We came out at the start of the game executing our offense really well and getting the shots we wanted. That allowed us to take big lead earlier on.”
The Spartans took their strong first half into the locker room with a 32-17 lead. After the break the Spartan’s shooting remained strong. Their defense, however, started to struggle as the Yellow Jacket offence scored an impressive 46 second-half points.
Houston commented, “We have to continue to get better at finishing when we have leads late in the game and I think that will come with more experience.”
Sophomores Morgan Knorr and Darian Polson showed their experience on the floor. Knorr had a season high with 23 points along with five rebounds, and three assist. Polson recorded a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds.
Houston continued, “Polson and Knorr have continued to play well and lead our team this year. I can’t say enough about the job they have done. Even though it’s early in the season and we still have a long way to go they have been great leaders on and off the court.”
The 12th seed Spartan volleyball team will face off against the fifth seed Illinois Central College in the first round for the NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship on Thursday, November 21, at 2 p.m. CST. In the spirit of SWCC Week and cheering on the Spartans from afar, the online stream will be broadcast in the Student Center.
Watch the 5th place match online - Sat., Nov. 23 @ 1:30 CST
The tournament is being held at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH. A complete listing of all of the matches online can be seen on the NJCAA TV site. Brackets, seeding, and other tournament information may be found on the NJCAA National Championships page.
Southwestern battled through rebounding difficulties to capture its third straight victory, 74-67, over visiting Graceland Monday night. The Spartans got off to a slow start, trailing early 7-2. They began closing the gap off post feeds to Mataika Koyamainavure and from basket attacks by Elliott Hamdeed. By half, the Spartans held a slim 34-32 lead.
Southwestern tried a pull-away early in the second half, leading 41-32 early, but the Yellow Jackets clawed right back into the contest, cutting the margin to 45-41 with 13 minutes to play. Both teams then went on matching offensive runs, the Spartans being sparked by several offensive rebounds and put-backs from Tanner Kellogg. Holding a slim four-point advantage, Southwestern got key free throws down the stretch from Koyamainavure, Matt Orchard, and Jared Theis to put the game away.
In a game of spurts, Southwestern grabbed its second straight victory on the road in Orange City, 69-63. After jumping to a 9-0 lead with a Larry Mason three-point goal, Southwestern watched Northwestern get back into the game quickly on two of their seven three pointers they would hit on the game. The Raiders took an 18-14 lead, but the Spartans steadied things on two back-cuts by Elliott Hamdeed and assists from Jared Theis.
By half, Northwestern held a 28-27 lead. Southwestern got control early in the second half on inside play from Mataika Koyamainavure and Tanner Kellogg. Leading by 12 with 11 minutes to play, the Spartans again had to endure a Raider spurt that concluded with another one-point lead for the hosts, 49-48, with five minutes to play. Nick Lenhard (pictured) then made two passing-lane interceptions which both led to Spartan scores and a two-possession lead with just over three minutes. Down the stretch, key free throws from Matt Orchard helped to secure the win for the Spartans on the road.
Southwestern next plays Monday, November 18, against Graceland as part of a double header with the women's basketball teams. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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