By Todd Peterson
Throughout the years, women's volleyball at Jamestown Community College has been very successful and a number of Jayhawk teams have produced some outstanding seasons and championships.
The Jamestown Community College volleyball team opens its season Saturday at Butler County CC. Kneeling, from the left, are Katrina Kerkendall, Brandie Fuller, Carly Abbate, Mandy Finch, Kaylee Luce and Kaitlyn Nye. Standing are assistant coach Lauren Beichner, Kayce Abers, Shannon Gunnell, Kayleane Chase, Cierra Farmer, Alexis Terrette and head coach Ashley Lund.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
Last year's squad added to that history with a fine 30-8 record in NJCAA Region 3 Division III, earning them a trip to the regional finals.
While the journey came to an end with a loss to SUNY Adirondack, Coach Ashley Lund and three of her players were the recipients of several top awards.
Lund was recognized as the WNYAC Coach of the Year and the Region 3 Division III Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, Randolph's Mandy Finch was named to the WNYAC second team and the Region 3 All-Tournament team; Falconer's Shannon Gunnell was named to the WNYAC All-Conference first team and the Region 3 Division III All-Region second team; and Christine Rauh was named to the WNYAC All-Conference first team and the Region 3, Division III All-Region first team.
Rauh graduated along with Erica Liss.
"Both were really big for us in different situations. We'll miss their intensity and leadership," said Lund.
Having said that, Lund, along with her assistant coach Lauren Beichner, will have plenty of talent coming back, including Finch, who is an outside hitter, Kaylee Luce, also from Randolph, is a libero, Kaitlyn Nye from Cattaraugus-Little Valley is a setter, Kaylean Chase from Randolph is a middle hitter and Gunnell, who will be an outside hitter.
Needless to say, Lund is thrilled to have them as part of this season's squad.
"Just having their presence is a bonus," she said. "I'm happy to have Mandy and Shannon on the outside again and they'll do some really good things for us. Kaylee will be tough at the net and I'm excited to see what she can do. Nye surprised us as a setter and did a really nice job and Luce can make amazing plays and I'm excited to see her progress as we get into this season more."
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As for the new freshmen arrivals, Lund has brought in more Randolph graduates, including Cierra Farmer and Alexis Terette.
Terette is a right-side hitter and Farmer will be another middle option.
"Cierra is a hard worker, battles hard at the net and has so much talent coming out of her," said Lund. "She will be a powerhouse in there. Alexis is a tough, scrappy player, (who is) also tough at the net and can make plays on defense."
Another addition is Carly Abbate from Panama, who is a setter and a right-side hitter.
"She may be someone who is looked over due to her size, but she will surprise everyone," said her coach. "She's done a great job setting so far, her passing is getting better and she'll be a great all-around player for us."
Next is Kayce Abers from Pine Valley, who will compete as an outside player.
"Kayce has come a long way in a short period of time and she's getting a good feel of things," said Lund. "She makes accurate plays and will continue to help with what we are going to do."
Brandie Fuller comes from Allegany-Limestone and is a first-year sophomore.
"She actually took a year off and wants to be a setter, but this girl can really hit," Lund said. "She's really hits the ball well from the right side and has the potential to be a setter, so she brings options to our team."
The final addition is Katrina Kerkendall, who is from Springville.
"She is a back row designated passer who didn't have a lot of experience, but she's done well on defense and has shown improvement," said her coach.
The Jayhawks will kick off the regular season on Saturday with a trip to Butler County CC and will host their first home match on Sept. 9.
Lund's expectations for her team remain consistant.
"Our goal is to get to regionals," she said. "I'm very excited about the level of talent I have with the freshmen and sophomores combined. This group has clicked already on the court and is bringing a whole new focus that I haven't seen this early.
As for the honors and awards she received last year, Lund has the right attitude.
"They're nice, but they didn't come from what I did,'' she said, ''but from what the girls do on the court that really matters. I would gladly share a piece of those awards with each of them because I really appreciate what they do for me."
JCC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 - at Butler County CC, 9 a.m.
Sept 4 - at Mercyhurst North East, 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 - Niagara County CC, 6 p.m.
Sept. 13 - POD C versus D at Mohawk Valley TBA
Sept. 16 - Genesee CC, 6 p.m.
Sept. 20 - POD D versus F, 9 a.m.
Sept. 27 - POD D versus E at Niagara County CC, 9 a.m.
Oct. 2 - Erie CC, 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 - POD A versus D, 9 a.m.
Oct. 7 - at Monroe CC, 6 p.m.
Oct. 16 - at Genesee CC, 6 p.m.
Oct. 18 - POD B versus D at Jefferson CC, 10 a.m.
Oct. 20 - at Butler CC, 7 p.m.