What a difference a year makes.
In 2013, the Jamestown Community College women's volleyball team headed the NJCAA Region 3 Division III Tournament seeded No. 2, but with only seven players.
However, that didn't stop the Jayhawks from winning the regional title and advancing to the national tournament.
Last season the Jamestown Community College women’s volleyball team won the NJCAA Region 3 Division III championship and advanced to the national tournament. The Jayhawks will go for a repeat when the regionals begin on Saturday at Niagara County CC. The only returnees from last year’s champions are sophomores Arrica Lis, left, and Christina Rauh.
P-J photos by Jim Riggs
On Saturday at Niagara County CC, JCC will try for a repeat when regional pool play starts at 10 a.m. The Jayhawks (26-7) are seeded third, but this year they are head to the regionals with an ''abundance'' of players -10.
The only returnees from last year's regional title team are sophomores Arrica Lis and Christina Rauh. The freshmen are Michelle Bach, Kayleann Chase, Mandy Finch, Shannon Gunnell, Kaylee Luce, Kaitlyn Nye, Nadine Sansone and Taylor Satalino.
Corning CC is the No. 1 seed while Adirondack CC is No. 2. After JCC at No. 3 are Monroe CC, Niagara County, Herkimer County CC, Finger Lakes CC and Jefferson.
''This is the most competitive regional tournament since I've been here,'' said JCC coach Ashley Lund. ''There is no weakness in any of the teams.''
The Jayhawks are in a pool with Herkimer County, Finger Lakes and Adirondack.
When asked if it matters being pooled with those teams instead of others, Lund said, ''It doesn't. You have to come to play and you get only three games to play against each team. You have to have a good day.''
The top teams from each pool advance to the semifinals at 11 a.m. on Sunday and the championship match is at 1 p.m.
When looking at her team's pool pool, Lund noted, ''Finger Lakes and Adirondack have come into their own.''
That might be why they are both listed under honorable mention in the NJCAA Division III rankings.
JCC is ranked 10th.
When asked if the Jayhawks surprised everyone last year by winning with only seven players, Lund said, ''I would think so, it was a surprise to me! It's a little hard to take a team seriously when you have only seven players.''
She knows the Jayhawks will be taken seriously this weekend,
''I've told these girls they have a target on their back,'' Lund said. ''Everyone is going to want to give them their best game.''
That is why she has told her team, ''You've got have your best game. This is it, there is no other weekend to look foward to (if you lose). You do good or you go home.''
JCC will enter play healthy. Bach suffered a shoulder injury in the last regular-season match of the season, but it is healed and she will be at 100 percent this weekend.