Created: Friday, October 18, 2013 10:34 am

The Spartan volleyball team fought another great battle in last night's match against Highland CC.  According to SWCC Head Coach Melissa Blessington, Highland is always tough for the Spartans to play.  "They have a scrappy back row and their setter is very smart," Blessington explained.  "Our girls worked hard for every point and that is something that we have been focused on for the past few weeks."

In addition to the Spartans victory, one member of the team received a huge honor.  Molly Schimp was named Defensive Player of the Week for the ICCAC.  Blessington said Schimp is new to the defensive position, having been a setter last year, so she and the team are very proud of Schimp and what she has accomplished.

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Created: Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:05 pm

The Spartans brought home another victory last night vs Eastern Iowa CC in Clinton.  Spartan Head Coach Melissa Blessington said Clinton had some good blocking on their squad.  According to Blessington, the Spartans really had to work to hit shots.  "We are still focusing on getting better each match and that requires us to focus on the little things," Blessington stated.  "We hit 25 wins tonight, the mark where we ended last year. We still have a lot to do and this group knows how much work they need to put in."

SWCC Defeated Clinton:  25-12, 25-15, 25-8
Kills: Mel Mangrum, 8; Alex Duffy, 8; Janaya Fox, 8
Blocks: Mel Mangrum, 2; Shelby Sullivan, 2
Assists: Cassidy Yong, 37
Digs: Molly Schimp, 18; Ashley Strong, 13
Serving: Ashley Strong, 12/12, 3 aces

Created: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:35 am

Last night, Monday, October 14, the Spartan volleyball team made quick work of a home match-up vs Grand View University's junior varsity. The Spartans shut down Grand View in the first game, 25-7, but the Vikings wouldn't give up as the next two games were much more competitive, 25-19 and 25-18.

Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "We started out with a lot of fire and intensity and then we let Grand View make a run on us early in the second match and had to fight back for the win the rest of the way. We had a long weekend and it was important to us to make sure and take a team like Grand View seriously because they are always tough for us to play. Grand View was scrappy on defense and made us work for every point in the second and thirds sets. We have to stay focused as we make our post season run and every match is a chance for us to get better."

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Created: Monday, October 14, 2013 11:49 am

The Spartan Volleyball team had a weekend full of play as they traveled to Boone to play on in the DMACC Invitational on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. The Spartans swept a trio of wins with their only losses came in four games (18-25, 13-25, 25-23, and 18-25) against second ranked Parkland Community College.

Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, “This was a very good weekend for us. Playing Parkland was a great experience for our girls they are ranked #2 in the country and it was good to see that we can play with teams like that. I know that we are still looking to continue to get better and this tournament was a good measuring stick for us. Last year we went 0-4 against many of the same teams. I know our girls felt good about their play and I know we are going to keep fighting to get better.”

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