NIACC knocks off Hawkeye CC, 3-2

NORFOLK, Neb. - The sixth-seeded NIACC volleyball team topped third-seeded Hawkeye CC 3-2 in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI-B tournament on Saturday.

NIACC won 25-17, 25-21, 24-26, 20-25, 15-10 to advance to Sunday's regional title match against second-seeded Northeast CC.

"We are so proud of the team (Saturday)," NIACC coach Chris Brandt said. "They worked so hard together and showed real grit.

"Our defense worked hard to give us many opportunities."

NIACC improved its overall record to 23-14, which is the most wins in a season since the 2001 team was 27-21.

Northeast CC swept seventh-seeded Southwestern 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-12) in its opening round match on Saturday.

The NJCAA Region XI-B title match is set for 1 p.m. Northeast CC topped NIACC 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) in a regular season match in Norfolk, Neb. on Oct. 3.

In Saturday's tournament opener against Hawkeye CC, sophomore Hannah Wagner led the Lady Trojans with a career-high 32 kills to move her season total to 571. Wagner also added 27 digs.

Freshman Kennedy Meister had 19 kills with 25 digs. Meister now has 400 kills this season.

Also for the Lady Trojans, Connor Gauch had 33 digs, Ashley Groe had 29 assists, Sydney Roush had 28 assists, Sarah Kimberly had seven kills and seven blocks and Jamie Brenner had six kills, three digs and two blocks.

Top-seed Iowa Central takes on fourth-seed Kirkwood in the NJCAA Region XI-A championship match on Sunday in Fort Dodge. Iowa Central topped eighth-seeded Southeastern 3-0 and Kirkwood nipped DMACC 3-2 in the two matches in the Region XI-A tournament Saturday.

The highest-seeded champion advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament. The lowest seeded champion advances to host the NJCAA Region XVI champion in a district championship on Nov. 4 with the winner of that match advancing to the national tournament.

NIACC (23-14)

NIACC 3, Macomb CC 0
Owens CC 3, NIACC 0
Glen Oaks CC 3, NIACC 1
NIACC 3, McHenry County College 0
NIACC 3, Southwestern 0
Kansas City (Kan.) CC 3, NIACC 1
NIACC 3, East Central College 1
NIACC 3, Nassau CC 0
NIACC 3, Carl Sandburg College 1
Kirkwood 3, NIACC 0
NIACC 3, Bismarck State College 1
NIACC 3, Bethel University JV 0
NIACC 3, Williston State College 1
NIACC 3, Central Lakes College 0
Southeastern 3, NIACC 2
NIACC 3, DCTC 1
NIACC 3, Grand View JV 0
DMACC 3, NIACC 1
NIACC 3, Wartburg College JV 0
Grand View JV 3, NIACC 2
NIACC 3, Ellsworth 0
NIACC 3, Valley City State JV 1
RCTC 3, NIACC 1
Northeast CC 3, NIACC 0
Marshalltown CC 3, NIACC 0
NIACC 3, St. Cloud Tech and CC 0
Hawkeye CC 3, NIACC 0
NIACC 3, Carl Sandburg College 0
NIACC 3, Rock Valley College 1
Cowley County CC 3, NIACC 1
NIACC 3, Grand View JV 2
Iowa Central 3, NIACC 1
DCTC 3, NIACC 1
NIACC 3, Bethel University JV 1
NIACC 3, Wartburg College JV 0
NIACC 3, Iowa Lakes 0
NJCAA Region XI-B tournament
NIACC 3, Hawkeye CC 2
 
TEAM SEASON HIGHS
Kills - 68 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Assists - 62 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Digs - 120 vs. East Central College (8-31-18)
Ace serves - 13 vs. DCTC (9-16-18)
Blocks - 26 vs. Grand View JV (9-24-18)
 
INDIVIDUAL SEASON HIGHS
Kills - Hannah Wagner 32 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Assists - Sydney Roush 29 vs. Bismarck State College (9-7-18), Ashley Groe 29 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Digs - Connor Gauch 34 vs. Bismarck State College (9-7-18)
Ace serves - Kennedy Meister 5, twice.
Blocks - Sarah Kimberly 8 vs. Grand View JV (9-24-18)
 
THE LAST TIME A NIACC PLAYER ...
Had at least 20 kills in a match: Hannah Wagner 32 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Had at least 15 kills in a match: Kennedy Meister 19 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Had at least 40 assists in a match: Sydney Roush 51 vs. Iowa Lakes (10-25-17)
Has at least 25 assists in a match: Ashley Groe 29 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Had at least 25 digs in a match: Connor Gauch 33 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18); Hannah Wagner 27 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18); Kennedy Meister 25 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
Had at least 20 digs in a match: Connor Gauch 20 vs. Wartburg College JV (10-22-18)
Had at least 5 ace serves in a match: Kennedy Meister 5 vs. Grand View JV (9-24-18)
Had at least 5 blocks in a match: Sarah Kimberly 7 vs. Hawkeye CC (10-27-18)
 
NIACC'S INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Assists - Sydney Roush 711, Ashley Groe 531.
Digs - Connor Gauch 638, Meister 558, Wagner 513.
Ace serves - Meister 51, Groe 46, Wagner 46.
Blocks - Sarah Kimberly 103, Wagner 68, Meister 66.
NIACC sweeps Iowa Lakes
October 25, 2018 NIACC sweeps Iowa Lakes
NIACC splits pair of matches
October 14, 2018 NIACC splits pair of matches
NIACC falls to RCTC, 3-1
October 1, 2018 NIACC falls to RCTC, 3-1
NIACC tops Valley City JV, 3-1
September 29, 2018 NIACC tops Valley City JV, 3-1
NIACC sweeps Ellsworth, 3-0
September 26, 2018 NIACC sweeps Ellsworth, 3-0
NIACC sweeps Wartburg JV, 3-0
September 22, 2018 NIACC sweeps Wartburg JV, 3-0
NIACC falls to DMACC, 3-1
September 19, 2018 NIACC falls to DMACC, 3-1
NIACC wins pair of matches
September 16, 2018 NIACC wins pair of matches
NIACC falls to No. 12 Kirkwood
September 6, 2018 NIACC falls to No. 12 Kirkwood