SANBORN - After a six-year hiatus, the Jamestown Community College women's volleyball team is an NJCAA Region 3 champion again.
On Sunday morning at the NJCAA Region 3 Division Women's Volleyball Tournament, the Jayhawks defeated Jefferson CC in the semifinals, 25-23, 25-15, 25-17.
Monroe CC defeated host Niagara County CC in the other semifinal.
The Jamestown Community College Jayhawks display the NJCAA Region 3 Division III Women’s Volleyball Tournament championship plaque they won on Sunday. In front, from left, are Kali Beardsley, Alysha Frisch-LoPiano, Anna Nietupski and Kelsey Kyser. In back are assistant coach Lauren Beichner, Brittany Brace, Christina Rauh, Aricca Lis and head coach Ashley Lund. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
In the championship match on Sunday afternoon, JCC swept Monroe, 25-20, 26-24, 25-20.
Niagara County had been ranked seventh in the nation while JCC and Monroe were listed under honorable mention.
''To sweep in semis and finals at the regionals doesn't happen that often,'' said JCC coach Ashley Lund. ''It happens with overpowering teams, but I wouldn't say that we had an overpowering team. Today everything clicked. Everyone worked together.''
And everyone isn't many because the Jayhawks have only seven players.
With the win, JCC (32-11) will advance to the NJCAA national tournament, hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College, at the University Center Rochester - Sports Center in Rochester, Minn., Nov. 9 and 10.
The last time JCC made it to the NJCAA Division III national tournament was in 2005 under coach Brenda Gernatt.
In 1995 under coach Kathy Stedman the Jayhawks made their first trip to the nationals and that was before the NJCAA had divisions. Then in 1996-1999, JCC made four straight trips to the NJCAA Division III national tournament.
Anna Nietupski, a sophomore from Cassadaga Valley, was named the tournament's most valuable player while joining her on the all-tournament team were Kelsey Kyser, a sophomore from Westfield, and Christina Rauh, a freshman from Panama.
''Anna Nietupski was named MVP and she totally deserved that,'' Lund said. ''She dug up everything. Monroe didn't have a chance if the ball went anywhere near her. She didn't let anything hit the floor.''
In the semifinals against Jefferson, Nietupski had one ace, 12 kills and 18 digs. Rauh recorded 31 assists, nine kills and 11 digs; Brittany Brace had four aces, three assists, nine kills, 10 digs and three blocks; Kyser finished with one ace, 10 kills and seven digs; and Aricca Lis had one ace, seven kills, five digs and one block.
In the title match win over Monroe, Nietupski had one ace, 15 kills and 30 digs while Rauh recorded one ace, 34 assists, six kills and 18 digs. Kyser picked up five assists, seven kills, 10 digs and one block; Lis had 14 kills and 14 digs; and Brace recorded eight kills and 11 digs.