CORNING - The Jamestown Community College Jayhawks came up one win short of repeating as NJCAA Region 3 Division III champions on Sunday.
After defeating Corning CC in the semifinals, JCC lost to Adirondack CC in the championship match.
Jayhawks coach Ashley Lund wasn't too disappointed with the title loss because she felt her team was beat and didn't beat itself.
''Honestly. Adirondack outplayed us.'' she said. ''Everything they hit went in bounds.'' They could do no wrong.''
JCC had defeated Adirondack in pool play on Saturday, but Lund was concerned about facing the Lady Timberwolves again.
''I didn't feel like we could do that again,'' Lund said. ''It was going to take us playing our tip-top game. We did things that they capitalized on, we didn't play to our potential.''
JCC won the first game, 25-20, but Adirondack took the next two by the same score of 25-19. The Jayhawks tied the match by winning the fourth game, but Adirondack rolled to a win in the deciding game, 15-4.
Christina Rauh had 31 assists, four kills and two digs for JCC while Mandy Finch collected three aces, 12 kills, 14 digs and one block. Shannon Gunnell added 14 kills, eight digs and one block, and Michelle Bach had seven kills and one block.
In the semifinals, the Jayhawks defeated Corning, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-15.
After losing the opening game, Lund said, ''I wasn't really wasn't concerned.''
And for good reason.
''Mandy was on fire (in second game),'' Lund said. ''She could do no wrong.''
She added, ''Shannon was getting open looks. We were playing solid.''
Finch had three aces, 12 kills, 13 digs and one block while Gunnell recorded 15 kills, six digs and two blocks. Rauh finished with 33 assists, seven kills, five digs and one block; Bach had nine kills and one block; and Kayleann Chase had three kills and three blocks.
While JCC was winning it's semifinal match in four games, Adirondack had to go five long games to defeat Niagara County CC. The last game was 15-13.
That extended the break before the final match started.
''It was a lot longer than I wanted,'' Lund said. ''We had at least an hour to sit and wait. Last year I feel like we rolled right into it. It seemed like a long time for us (this year).''
Rauh and Finch were named the all-tournament team from JCC, which finished the season at 30-8.