The #1 Cobras volleyball concluded day 2 of the Wisconsin Dells Invitational with two more victories, pushing their over-all record to 4-0 to start the season. In the first match on Saturday, PC defeated a much improved Mott team from Michigan. Mott had notched a couple of upset wins on day one so the Cobras had to fight hard to sweep them 3-0 by the scores of 25-18, 25-20, and 25-20. Lori VanBeek continued her strong offensive play leading the Cobras with 11 kills with Elise Dahlke and Teigan Flaws contributing 6 each. Setters Madison Weldon and Morgan Hickman ran the offense and provided 15 and 14 assists, respectively. Sophomore libero, Kaitlin Hunt had 20 digs for the Cobras and Weldon and Miaya Peacock each had 2 aces.
In match two, the Cobras faced #13 Muskegon of Michigan. All 15 players for Parkland helped push the Cobras to a 3-1 victory with scores of 25-13, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18. Vanbeek had 16 kills while Flaws and Lizzy Barnard pounded 9 each. Setters Weldon and Hickman ran the offense with 26 and 21 assists, respectively. Hunt once again led the defensive effort with 23 digs. Peacock again performed well at the service line with 5 aces.
The Cobras next travel to Toledo, Ohio for the Owens Labor Day Invitational from August 29-31. PC will play six times over the three days including matches against #6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, #18 Catawba Valley as well as perennial power Monroe College of NY.
The Cobra Men's Soccer team kicked off the 2014 campaign with a 3-1 win at Dominican University.
Manny Rios scored the Cobras opening goal of the season at the 29 minute mark to give PC the early 1-0 lead. It looked like that lead might hold up for halftime but the host school scored with just under 5 minutes left to tie the contest.
The second half was all Cobras as Gesi Muharremi would break the tie 12 minutes into the 2nd half as he scored on an assist from former Urbana High School teammate Jonathan Lukusa. Muharremi would score his second goal, this time unassisted, at the 76:54 point of the match as the Cobras held on for the 3-1 win out shooting Dominican 17-11. Harrison Rook played 60 minutes in goal picking up a save while Kyle Roedl played the final 30 minutes and recorded three saves.
Parkland (1-0) will jump right into Region 24 action when they host Southwestern Illinois starting at 4:00 on Tuesday. The Blue Storm opened their season with a 2-1 overtime win over St. Louis CC on Saturday. The Tuesday match will be the Cobras first at their new complex located just west of the old field.
The #1 ranked Cobras headed north for the inaugural tournament of the 2014 season in the Wisconsin Dells. The Cobras faced two out-of-region opponents on Friday in Carl Sandburg College (IL) and #13 ranked Kansas City Kansas CC.
Parkland hit an impressive .318 against CSC in the 11am match en route to a 3-0 win, 25-15, 25-12, 25-20. All fifteen Cobras made their debut in the match with sophomores Lori VanBeek and Teigan Flaws leading the attack with 8 kills each. Sophomore libero Kaitlyn Hunt had 11 digs and 13 service points on the match, and classmate Morgan Hickman had 8 digs to go along with 11 assists. Fellow sophomore and setter Madison Weldon also notched 11 assists, while Ayla Dew had two service aces.
In match #2, the Cobras faced a fast and athletic KCKCC team ranked #13 in the nation. The Cobras knocked off the Blue Devils from Kansas 3-1 in scores of 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16. VanBeek and Flaws again led the offense with 10 and 9 kills respectively while freshman Lizzy Barnard also notched 9. VanBeek also had 8 block assists with freshman Hayley Gray putting back 5. Hunt had a terrific match in the back row digging up 23 balls, and the sophomore setters found confidence and comfort running a solid offense with Weldon recording 18 assists and Hickman 16. Barnard also recorded 5 aces for the Cobras, and Weldon had 3 aces and an outstanding 19 service points.
Men's Soccer Match Canceled
Today's Prairie State College match has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Parkland Men's Soccer team continued their preparation for the upcoming 2014 season with a very competitive exhibition game against Triton this past Saturday in Chicago.
Both teams were on the offensive early but it was Parkland had the best of the early opportunities. Unfortunately Cobra Zach Allevi was denied on a penalty kick at the 18 minute mark. The Cobras were still the first to get on the board as freshman Jonathon Lukusa broke the deadlock with a goal from 12 yards out on a ball from Allevi. Triton's defense held firm for the rest of th half and the Cobras took a 1-0 lead into the break.
The second half started much like the first with PC applying the early pressure but it was Triton who would get on the board first just 6 minutes into the half. A free kick from 30 yards out was sent high into the box and Triton managed to find the back of the net from just 8 yards out. The goal energized the hosts and they would also score the next goal to grab a 2-1 lead.
Parkland did not panic and managed to tie the game at 2 when Gesi Muharremi scored on a pass from Manuel Rios. It looked as if Triton had scored the game winner as they made it 3-2 with just 11 minutes remaining but once again PC would answer back. Just three minutes later Lukusa found himself on the receiving end of a clever pass from Andres Chalbaud and scored from just inside the box. PC was the more aggressive team for the remainder of the contest and looked like they would rally for the win but Daniel Kamida's shot clipped the top of the bar and the game ended in a draw.
The match was the final tune-up for the Cobras who are set to host Prairie State at 4:00 on Friday August 22nd in the season opener for both teams.
The Parkland College Volleyball team will open the 2014 season with the #1 ranking in the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Poll. The Cobras, who finished 2nd in 2013, open their season this Friday and Saturday at the South Suburban Classic in the Wisconsin Dells. PC will face Carl Sandburg and #12 Kansas City KS Community College on Friday before facing off against a pair of Michigan schools, Mott and #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, PC will play three of six matches at the Owens Invitational against ranked foes (#6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, and #18 Catawba Valley). The Kirkwood Invitational, a week later, is loaded with talent as PC will take on defending National Champion and #2 Cowley, #3 Johnson County, #5 Central Nebraska, and #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.
Parkland Volleyball Welcomes Back Alumni
Thirteen alumni from the last several years came
back “home” to Parkland to reconnect, see the new facilities, and
challenge the current squad of fifteen to several matches throughout the
day. The current Parkland squad won the split squad matches as well as
the first three sets of the combined team effort, but after a few sets,
the Alumni got a sense of comfort with each other and came back to win
the final set of the day. The Alumni were content on the final victory
and rushed to the ice and tylenol to rest from a fun day on both sides
of the net. The celebration then continued into the evening with a
dinner hosted by the current Parkland team for the alumni and families.
Thank you to the assistant coaches who put together the fun evening and
for all the alumni and families that came back to celebrate.
Parkland Green def. Alumni 1 - 25-9, 25-18
Parkland Green def. Alumni 2 - 25-21, 25-22
Parkland Yellow def. Alumni 1 - 25-18, 25-21
Parkland Yellow def. Alumni 2 - 25-19, 25-23
Parkland def. Alumni - 25-22, 25-11, 25-13, 20-25
Cobras Host "Kick out Hunger" Soccer Tourney, Aug. 30-31
The Men's Soccer team will host a "Kick out Hunger" soccer tournament benefiting the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland, Aug. 30 and 31 at the soccer field on the campus’s north side.
Eight college soccer teams representing Illinois, Indiana and Wyoming will participate in the two-day tournament. Games take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, a Women’s Soccer game will be played at noon on both days.
Cobras Men's Soccer Coach Mark Sikora said teams hope to raise $2,000 during this event, to help make a difference in the lives of families in east central Illinois. The fundraising goal will feed approximately 300 students.
"The Parkland food pantry has already served hundreds of students and their families," he said. "This is going to be a great time, and we encourage everyone to come out to help keep hunger at bay in our area. Besides fund raising, our players have volunteered hours to the pantry as shopping helpers and interpreters to a variety of families in the C-U community, and I feel that this event is a great way to continue our relationship with the pantry during our season."
While donations will be taken at the event, there is also an online donation site to make it easier for anyone who wants to support the effort to give. To donate online, visit http://gofundme.com/Parkland-Kick-Out-Hunger, or donate via PayPal at the Wesley Foundation Donation site (enter "Parkland" in the 'Note to Seller' text box after PayPal login). Those wishing to donate also may do so by mail or by delivering their gift to 1203 W. Green St., Urbana, Illinois 61801. Please make checks payable to Wesley Evening Food Pantry, adding "Parkland Pantry" to the memo line.
The Wesley Pantry at Parkland, which launched last December, opens the second Wednesday of each month from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. to serve students. It is located in the S Building on the campus's south side. For more information, visit wesleypantry.org.
Coach Hastings announces commitments for the 2014 class of the Parkland College Volleyball team. This group of nine players brings quite a bit of success ranging geographically from within Champaign all the way to Australia. Each also brings a wealth of team and individual experience earned prior to Parkland. They balance each other along with the returning sophomores—to make for another team that will compete for a national championship in the 2014 season. (full story
Team Tryouts Announced
Tryouts: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6 pm in the Parkland College Dodds Athletic Center. For additional information, please contact Coach Hastings at email@example.com
Women's Soccer Team
Tryouts: Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 19 at 3 pm on the Parkland College Soccer Field (north side of campus). For additional information, please contact Coach Alford at 217/649-4478.
Men's Soccer Team
Tryouts: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm at the Parkland College Soccer Field (north of the campus). For additional information, please contact Coach Sikora at 217/369-1171.
Tryouts: Thursday and Friday, August 14-15, 2014 at 8:00 am at the Urbana Country Club. For additional information, please contact Coach McNabney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tryouts: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 3 pm at the Parkland College Baseball Diamond (north side of campus). For additional information, please contact Coach Garcia at email@example.com
Tryouts: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 3 pm at the Parkland College Softball Diamond. For additional information, please contact Coach Clutts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's Basketball Team
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