Red Devils beat Blue Devils

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Sophomore Amy Bolen (8) goes for the kill for Allen County Community College in a recent home match. The Red Devils won at Kansas City, Kan., Community College Monday and return for a season finale at home Wednesday.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Allen County Community College’s Red Devils wiped away the disappointment of a four-match winning streak being broken over the weekend quickly.
On Monday the Red Devil volleyball team wrapped up Jayhawk Eastern Division play with a victory on the road. The Red Devils got in a rhythm for a 25-18, 25-18, 25-18 win over host Kansas City, Kan., Community College.
The victory ensured the Red Devils of their first winning season since 2002. With one more regular season match, the Red Devils are 20-17 overall. They improved to 6-5 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play.
“It was exciting to sit back and watch yet be a part of our team dominating KCK from beginning to end,” said Jessica Peters, ACCC head coach who was a freshman player for Allen County the last winning season.
“Our middles took control of their middles with Suzie (Fields) having eight kills. Suzie moved to the middle because of Autumn Lamle’s injury, which has allowed for Amy Bolen to come in and do work for us.”
The Red Devils controlled the net offensively and defensively as they racked up nine blocks of Blue Devil hitters plus delivered 31 kills.
Leading the way for ACCC was Nicole Rockhold with 10 kills then Fields. Andrea Miller had five kills followed by Jennifer House with four, Amy Bolen with three and Mindi Lozenski with one kill.
Fields posted two solo blocks while Miller had one solo block and six assisted blocks. House and Lozenski each had two assisted blocks. Rockhold and Bolen had one assisted block each.
Lozenski was credited with 27 set assists plus had 11 digs. Rockhold and House each came up with 12 digs. Misty Powelson and Brooke Bingham had seven digs apiece.
Fields and Whitney Glenn each had one service ace.
Allen County finishes up Wednesday at home against Hesston College in an NJCAA Division II, Region VI match. The Red Devils are seated seventh in the region right now and the top eight teams advance to the playoffs.
It is sophomore night for Allen County as the team recognizes its eight sophomore players before the match. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. in the ACCC gym.
“We just need to take care of business at home and wait to see who we play,” Peters said of the playoffs.
With a victory over Hesston, the Red Devils will travel to the winner of Wednesday’s Johnson County/Highland match. The Region VI, NJCAA Division II playoffs begin Nov. 7-8.
“We were able to force Kansas City into making mistakes and we were able to finish on Monday,” Peters said.
That’s not what happened for the Red Devils on Friday at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. NEO defeated ACCC 25-17, 21-25, 25-13, 26-24, snapping the Red Devils’ four-match win streak.
Rockhold pounded down 14 kills and had one solo block at the net plus came up with 15 digs. Powelson made 22 digs to lead ACCC in that department and served an ace.
House racked up nine kills and had 19 digs. Miller served two aces, scored eight kills and had one block assist. Bolen downed six kills and had an assist block.
Fields had five kills and one solo block and one assisted block at the net. Lozenski had 37 set assists, 11 digs and one solo block and one assisted block.
Under the direction of Peters, the ACCC volleyball program has been building back up. In her first season, 2007, the Red Devils were 14-25 followed by last year’s 18-24 mark.
“It’s such an honor to work with the girls that I have this year. I felt we finally hit a peak Monday night that we have been looking for all season,” Peters said. “I am looking forward to us carrying it into Wednesday’s match and the district tournament.”