Chiefs Secure Trio of ISCC Titles

Chiefs Secure Trio of ISCC Titles

(Sugar Grove, IL.) - In the last week three different Waubonsee Community College teams secured Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) titles. Coach Steve Kish's Women's Volleyball squad completed an undefeated conference season to win the program's second league title under his direction. Coach Jen McMullen's Women's Tennis team also finished off an unblemished ISCC slate to win the program's second crown in the last three years. And Coach Brett Suhayda's Men's Soccer crew finished in a three-way tie for first place to grab a piece of the conference championship for the third consecutive year.

Waubonsee's Volleyball team clinched the 2018 ISCC title with a 3-1 victory at Moraine Valley Community College to finish 6-0 in conference play. The ISCC crown is the second for Waubonsee in the last five years, sandwiched around three straight championships by McHenry County College (2015, 2016 & 2017). As a matter-of-fact, over the last six seasons the Chiefs have gone a combined 34-5 in ISCC play with two titles, three second-place finishes and one third-place finish. In the title-clinching match Waubonsee (19-12) downed the Cyclones 25-13 in game one, then hung on for a 26-24 victory in the second game. Moraine Valley (21-6, 5-1) stayed alive by edging the Chiefs 25-23 in the third game, before Waubonsee completed its' undefeated ISCC campaign with a 25-20 triumph to take the match. A pair of Aurora West alums have helped lead the way as setter Natalie Jones is second nationally among all NJCAA Division II players with 77 service aces, and 6'0" sophomore Kayla Battle is tied for second nationally with 94 solo blocks. The Chiefs have six matches remaining before beginning Region IV Division II Tournament play the last week of October.

The Chiefs' Women's Tennis team ran the table going 5-0 in league action to edge second-place Lake County 32-30 in the team scoring. McMullen's crew knocked off Elgin Community College 7-2 to secure the title and move their season record overall to 10-1. Aurora West graduates Marissa Silva and Caiti Gallagher, along with Aurora Central alumnus Julie Pruneda, and Kaneland High School products Lauren Karolewicz and Liz Towell have carried the Chiefs to success this fall on the court. Over the weekend Waubonsee finished second at the Region IV Division I Tournament as Lake County edged the Chiefs by just a half point in the team scoring 18.5 to 18. The deciding match at number two doubles was won by the Lancers 11-9 in a third set tie-breaker.    

After a tough 2-1 loss to Moraine Valley Community College on Sept. 25 in a showdown between the ISCC's only unbeaten teams, the prospects of the Chiefs' Men's Soccer team completing a three-peat for the conference title seemed bleak. However, Waubonsee closed out its' ISCC schedule with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Elgin Community College in double overtime. The Chiefs then needed some help and they got it as Morton College stunned the Cyclones 3-1 later in the day to hand them their first loss of the season. In the process it created a three-way tie for the ISCC title as Moraine Valley (16-1), Waubonsee (11-2-1) and Morton (14-3), whom the Chiefs topped 3-2 in overtime on Sept. 11, all finished 6-1 in ISCC action to share the championship. Over the last three seasons the Chiefs have gone a combined 19-2 in ISCC play and the title is the program's fifth in the last seven years. This year's team has been led by a trio of freshmen, Edgar Esquivel Lopez from Aurora East, Michael Waclaw from Oswego East and Jose Alfaro from West Chicago. The Chiefs have only two regular season matches remaining before beginning Region IV Division I play later this month.