ACCC season comes to end

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Digging at the net is Allen County Community College freshman Andrea Miller (13) as she gets to the volleyball just before sophomore teammate Mindi Lozenski (2) in the Red Devils’ final home match this season. On Saturday, the Red Devils competed in the Region VI, District N tournament against host Johnson County Community College, losing in the first round.

OVERLAND PARK — Allen County Community College’s Red Devils made NJCAA Division 2’s fifth-ranked Johnson County Community College’s Cavaliers work hard to advance in last weekend’s Region VI, Division 2, District N playoffs.
“After losing the first two sets by five points each, we decided that was enough and went out swinging in set 3,” said Jessica Peters, ACCC head volleyball coach. “We had the Cavaliers down 10-2 when they called their first time out.”
Allen County led the third set 23-10 when Johnson County went on an eight-point run. The Red Devils held and won the set 25-18.
Down 2-1 in sets, the Red Devils had to win set four to stay alive in the playoff match.
“Set four was an intense set with lost of long, aggressive rallies that we worked hard to earn. We played point for point with Johnson all the way till the end,” Peters said. The final point came off an attack of Nicole Rockhold into a solid block and we were unable to dig the ball up defensively for a side out.”
Johnson County defeated Allen County 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23. Sixteenth ranked Highland beat Butler 25-22, 25-27, 25-14, 25-16.
In the District N championship match, Johnson County defeated Highland 24-26, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23. Johnson County earned a trip to the NJCAA Division 2 national volleyball tournament in Wisconsin Nov. 19-21.
Cowley County, ranked No. 2 in NJCAA Division 2, won the District M tournament and advances to the national tournament also.
Against Johnson County Saturday, Allen County put down 49 kills at the net. Freshman Nicole Rockhold racked up 18 kills and freshman Andrea Miller delivered 11 kills.
Miller had the only three ace serves of the match for Allen County.
Sophomore Jennifer House had seven kills and 21 defensive digs. Rockhold had 17 digs.
Sophomore setter Mindi Lozenski was credited with 42 assists. She also came up with 23 digs and had four kills.
Misty Powelson, sophomore, led the ACCC defense with 37 digs. Fellow sophomore Brooke Bingham had 16 digs.
Sophomore Suzie Fields made four solo blocks at the net and six kills. Fields and sophomore Amy Bolen combined on a block. Bolen had three kills.
The Red Devils finished 21-18, the first 20-plus win season for ACCC since a 27-15 season in 2002. Allen County went 6-5 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play, finishing in a tie for sixth with Butler.
“This season was a huge success for the Allen volleyball program,” Peters said. “We accomplished many of our team goals — making the top eight to move into the playoffs, having a .500 or better season and lots of physical goals involving aspects of the game itself.”
Peters said the eight sophomores on the team gave this year’s team a solid core. The team worked hard to continue building the volleyball program at ACCC.
“The sophomores taught the freshmen lessons which keep the tradition alive and the program at a competitive level,” Peters said.