CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Central Community College bounced back from its first loss of the season with three straight victories over ranked opponents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The second-ranked Raiders fell 25-17, 25-16, 25-17 to defending national champion and top-ranked Parkland College to open play Friday in the tournament hosted by Kirkwood Community College.
“We were disappointed with our result against No. 1 Parkland. I think we learned a lot about ourselves and it will serve us well as the season progresses,” Central head coach Mary Young said. “We really didn't have an answer for Parkland's setter. She distributed the ball extremely well and her fast release made it difficult for our blockers to read and slow their attack down at the net."
Central responded quickly with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 victory over ninth-ranked McHenry County College in its second match Friday.
Chainey Tompkin led the Raiders will 10 kills and seven assisted blocks.
CCC continued to roll Saturday with victories over No. 14 Illinois Central College (25-17, 25-16, 21-15, 25-20) and No. 6 Sauk Valley Community College (25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15).
Libero Jessica Eurek paced Central with 26 digs against Illinois Central.
“I can't say enough about the backcourt play and hustle of our libero Jessica Eurek. She passed well and played tremendous defense and really kept a lot of balls in play for us,” Young said.
Jacie Laetsch added a team-best 11 kills for Central.
Maeghan Pieper, who was named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week for Week 2, tallied a team-high 15 kills for the Raiders in the win over Sauk Valley. Laetsch and Tompkin added 13 kills apiece.
Paxton Throne had 43 assists, her highest total of the tournament. She dished out 135 assists over the four matches.
Tompkin finished with a team-best 40 kills in the tournament. Pieper recorded 35 total kills and Laetsch followed with 34.
Eurek had 59 digs.
“I was happy with our ability to bounce back after the Parkland match and win against three ranked teams,” Young said. “Overall, this weekend was a great tournament for us. We faced great competition and any time you see strong opponents, your team gets better."
The Raiders, now 15-1 this season, will host conference foe McCook Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday.