Parkland shot 53% from the field and 62% from inside the arc, as they pulled away from the visiting Lindenwood JV 96-80 on Monday night in Champaign. Thirteen different players scored for the Cobras who won their 5th straight game in improving to (5-3) on the season.
The Cobras knocked down seven three's in the first half but could not pull away from the Lynx who drilled 6 of 9 from behind the arc themselves, to keep the game close, as PC led just 45-40 at the break. In the second half, PC would build the lead up to 15 at 70-55 with 9:08 remaining but Lindenwood had one last run in them as they would outscore the Cobras 10-1 to cut the margin to 71-65 with 7:15 to go.
From there, the Cobras depth came into play as Torian Pearson would get back to back buckets to start a 10-4 run and pull away for the win. Parkland's bench outscored the Lindenwood substitutes 54-20 in the contest. PC also had 19 assists while committing just six turnovers on the night.
Four Cobras finished in double figures as Travis Hardcastle led the way with 14 points, Lance Magee added 12 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, Michael Maras saw his first action of the season after battling injuries to score 11, and Nate Tidwell had a strong second half to score 10 points and grab 6 boards. Lindenwood's Kevin Lamb led all scorers with 25 points while Zach Lochhead had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Parkland will be off until December 3rd when they travel to Prairie State for a 7:00 contest.
The Cobras showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in Region 24 as they took care of rival Lake Land 73-53 in Champaign. The Lakers entered the contest at (4-0 1-0) with an average margin of victory at just under 20 points in their four victories. Meanwhile the Cobras stood at (3-3) and had lost their previous home contest. On this day however, it would be all Cobras as they grabbed an early lead and cruised to the win.
The Cobras jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back as they held the visiting Lakers to just five made field goals in the opening half, taking a 28-15 lead into the break. PC would come out stroke after intermission, quickly building the lead up to 20 and LLCC would never really get back into the game.
Hannah Wascher had another big game as she scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Erin Kelley had a great over-all game with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals while Aimee Iverson added 10 points and 4 assists.
Parkland (4-3 1-0) will now be off until December 4 when they host Black Hawk College of Moline starting at 5:30.
Down 9-3 and 10-6 in the fifth set, No. 1 Cowley County (Kan.) stormed back to capture the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship over No. 2 Parkland (Ill.) tonight on the campus of Owens Community College (Ohio) 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25, 16-14.
Parkland battled and held championship point, 14-13 in the deciding fifth set, but served a ball into the net. Cowley County took advantage and won the ensuing two points, setting off a wild celebration.The title gives the Tigers two of the last three national championships - all held at OCC outside Toledo.
BJ Specht of Cowley County was named Tournament MVP, while head coach Jennifer Bahner was named the NJCAA DII Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.
With the defeat, Parkland finishes as the National Runner-up, their highest finish since winning it all in 1999. The Cobras ended with a final record of 52-3, losing only to champion Cowley and defending champions Grand Rapids.
Congratulations to Coach Hastings, his staff, and all of the team and fans on a truly amazing season, one that will be remembered for many years to come.
The #2 seed Cobras (52-2) defeated #3 Johnson County (3-1) 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21 to advance to the National Championship game against #1 Cowley County KS. Watch the Cobras online at tomorrow evening at 6:30pm (ET) at http://www.njcaatv.com/volleyballchamp/
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The Parkland College Volleyball team knocked off their old nemesis, defending National Champions Grand Rapid CC Thursday night, to advance to the NJCAA D-2 Final Four for the second consecutive season. PC defeated the Raiders (3-1) winning 16-25, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-13. The victory avenged one of the Cobras two defeats this season and more importantly the heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Grand Rapids in last years semi-finals.
Grand Rapids controlled the match early but a Cobra run midway through set 2 allowed PC to hang on for a 25-23 win to tie the match. The Cobras were never headed in set 3 and broke out of a 9-all tie in set four with eight straight points to put the match away.
Parkland (51-2) will play Johnson County, KS (30-6) at 5:30 CST in one of the semi-finals with the winner advancing to the title game. PC defeated Johnson 3-2 early in the season.
The Cobras shot 53% for the game as they pulled away for an 80-46 rout of Prairie State College. The win improved the Cobras to (3-3) ahead of a Saturday night 6:00 home showdown with Region 24 rival Lake Land.
PC ran out to a 37-25 halftime lead behind the strong inside play of Hanna Washcer who had 18 points in the opening 20 minutes. PC would build the lead up to the final 34 point margin behind strong shooting of their own and just 38% shooting by the Pioneers.
Wascher lead the attack with 25 points and 6 boards, Jerica Hawkins added 13 points, and Erin Kelley finished with 11 points and 4 assists. Volleyball
Cobras had opening round win over Moraine Valley 3-0 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 and will move on to the quarterfinals where we play our old nemesis Grand Rapids, the defending National Champs. GR (33-6) defeated PC (50-2) earlier this season 3-2 and beat the Cobras 3-2 in the semi-finals last year en route to winning the title. Game time is set for 5:30 but will likely not start until closer to 6.
The #2 ranked PC Volleyball team will open NJCAA D-2 National play on Thursday at 11:00 (10:00 CST) against Moraine Valley. Follow the action on NJCAA TV by going to njcaa.org click on championship play and D-2 Volleyball and you can watch the game on the computer. I also encourage you to listen to our very own cobrasports.net as they will also be live from Owens CC in Toledo.
We will update their progress as the tourney moves on and wraps up on Saturday. Good luck Cobras!
On a night where both teams found it tough to make a shot, it was the Cobras who made the most important one. Sophomore Shane Seniour's bucket as time expired, helped the Cobras edge Lincoln Trail 51-49 in Robinson. Parkland's Nick Tidwell threw a long pass to Seniour who hit a fade away 15 footer for the game winner. PC trailed by 11 with just 7 minutes remaining but rallied behind key performances from reserves. Freshmen Capreace Salinas led the Cobras in scoring with 11 points while Travis Hardcastle also came off the bench to score 9. Seniour was the only other PC player in double figures, finishing with 10.
Parkland, which has now won three straight, even their record at (3-3) while Lincoln Trail drops to (2-3). Next up for the Cobras is their first home game of the season on Wednesday night at 7:00 when they host defending National Champion and current NJCAA D-2 #1 ranked Rend Lake College.
#11 DMACC raced out to an 11-0 lead as the Bears beat Parkland 79-72. The contest was a game of runs with PC going on a 12-1 run to tie the game at 12. DMACC (6-2) then went on another run of their own to build the lead to 27-18 and moved the margin to 10 at 42-32 at the half.
The two teams traded baskets for the first 8 minutes of the second half before the Bears pushed the lead up to their largest margin at 16 with 9:40 left. The Cobras would claw back but fell by the eventual seven point margin.
Erin Kelley lead PC (2-3) with 20 points and 7 rebounds while Jerica Hawkins tossed in 19 while grabbing 5 boards. The pair were 10-15 from the field while the rest of the team struggled making just 10 of 29 shots. The Cobras are off until Thursday when they travel to Prairie State.
Cobra athletes sign NCAA D-1 Letters of Intent for the 2014-15: 2014-15 school year.
Alex Lesiak (Southern Illinois), Jake Sale (Illinois State), Isaac Sampen (Eastern Illinois), and Kyle Weller (Lipsomb)
Lyle Burns (Bradley)
Erin Kelley (SIU-Edwarsville)
Congratulations to all six on this outstanding achievement.
Sophomore Megan Casagrande (St. Thomas More) and freshman Lori VanBeek (Paw Paw) lead a strong group of Parkland Volleyball post-season award winners following the Cobras (49-2) regular season.
Casagrande was named both the Region 24 and Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the year guiding the Cobras to both the M-WAC and Region 24/District J title. VanBeek joins Casagrade as a 1st Team All-Region and Conference selection and was also named the MWAC Freshman of the Year. Setter Jordan Wooden also earned 1st Team All-Conference honors while Coach Cliff Hastings was the Region 24 and MWAC Coach of the Year, guiding the Cobras to their 6th straight trip to Nationals and their 18th consecutive MWAC title.
Four other players also earned recognition as Alexis Clemons and Emily Wilson were named 2nd Team All-Region and Ally Krenz and Elise Dahlke were 2nd Team All-Conference.
The Cobras will open play at the National Tournament on November 21 at 11:00 when they face Moraine Valley.