(Sugar Grove, IL) - Waubonsee Community College opened play in the 3-day Region IV Crossover Volleyball Tournament with a three games to none sweep over Black Hawk College. The Chiefs rallied in all three games to knock off the Braves, improving to 10-4 overall on the season. Waubonsee trailed late in game one before pulling out a 25-22 victory. Black Hawk (3-7) then led 8-3 in game two before the Chiefs rallied to win 25-18. The Braves grabbed an early 7-1 lead in game three before Waubonsee battled back to win 25-20 and take the match. The tournament, featuring a dozen of the top teams in the NJCAA Region IV, is being hosted by Waubonsee through Sunday afternoon.
In the first set the upset minded Braves led 21-18 before the Chiefs scored five straight points to prompt Black Hawk to call timeout. After a Waubonsee service error, Sydney Fedderly and Gabrielle Dlabal combined on a block to give the Chiefs a 24-22 lead. Sydni Coultrip then finished off the win with a kill from the middle of the net. After the Braves took the early lead in game two the Chiefs again battled back. A serving ace by Alyssa Gittins tied the game at 10-all and a kill by Rebecca Robinson staked Waubonsee to its first lead of the game at 13-12. An 8-1 run by coach Steve Kish's crew put the Chiefs in front comfortably at 18-13 before the Chiefs won the set by seven points. In the third game the Braves jumped out to a six-point lead before Fedderly temporarily stopped the bleeding with an emphatic kill from the right side. Waubonsee eventually caught up tying the match at 9-all and taking an 11-9 lead on back-to-back serving aces by Coultrip. A few minutes later an ace by Robinson and a block by Dlabal gave the Chiefs a 17-13 lead and little breathing room. A big kill by Dlabal off a great assist by Coultrip then put Waubonsee in front 22-16. However, Black Hawk scored the next four points to get within striking distance. It was shortlived though as Anna Friedlund drilled a shot down the left side for a kill and Coultrip served up another ace to end it.
Coultrip finished with eight kills, 12 assists and three aces to lead the way. Fedderly booked 11 kills and eight digs, while Dlabal added four solo blocks and Gittins recorded two aces. Robinson chipped in with 21 asssts and two aces, and Lydia Sabanishfinished with 16 digs. Waubonsee is in action again later this evening when they play South Suburban College at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, September 14 the Chiefs are set to square off against Illinois Valley Community College at 9:00 a.m. before battling Sauk Valley Community College at 3:00 p.m. The Chiefs finish up on Sunday by playing Carl Sandburg College at 11:00 a.m. and Kishwaukee College at 3:00 p.m.