Cyclones volleyball players honored
While Moraine Valley College volleyball players were preparing for a second straight appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national tournament, a few of them got honored for accomplishments already banked.
Sophomore Kara Kentner was tabbed as the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Year for the second season in a row, and Cyclones mates Gina Ryan, Taylor Serrano and Joanna Curtis all joined her on the all-league first team. Second-team selections were awarded to Alex Bojan and Autumn Seiler.
Also recognized was Gloria Coughlin, who was once again pegged as the ISCC Coach of the Year after guiding Moraine to its second consecutive unbeaten conference campaign. Coughlin is stepping down from her post at the conclusion of the national tourney, as is assistant coach Donna Zidek.
The 15th-ranked Cyclones (33-8) begin their quest for the crown today at 11 a.m., when they square off with No. 2-ranked Parkland (Ill.) College (49-2) at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.
Kyle Ward poured in 28 points, collected five rebounds and dished out five assists, but that effort — plus double-digit scoring from three other players — wasn’t enough to spare the Cyclones from an 85-81 defeat against Triton College on Saturday.
Also playing well for Moraine in a losing cause were Johnte Shannon (20 points, four assists), Cameron Juillerat (12 points), Des’nique Harris (10 points, eight rebounds) and Jason Allen (seven rebounds).
Another big night from Ward (25 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals) was wasted last Thursday, as the Cyclones came up short versus Harper College by an 88-80 count. Shannon backed Ward with 22 points, six steals and four assists.
Harris finished with eight points and seven boards.
The Cyclones used a second-half surge to pull away from Harper College and record an 84-70 triumph last Thursday.
After being up only 35-33 at halftime, Moraine — which won for the third straight time — built a lead that grew as large as 22 points over the final 20 minutes. Spurring that burst was an aggressive defense that put more pressure on the Bulldogs’ guards.
Katie McGann paced the Cyclones’ offense with 18 points, which included four 3-point buckets, and Maggie Yandel added 15 points.
Jamilla Jones had a double-double of 11 points and 18 rebounds, Shavonne Lewis delivered 10 points and four offensive rebounds, and Aileen Gorman supplied nine points and four assists for Moraine. Jones snared 16 of her boards in the opening half.