Scottie Volleyball Proves its Strength in DMACC Winpublished October 12, 2017
Scottie Volleyball Proves its Strength in DMACC Win
The #15 Highland Community College volleyball team traveled to yet another weekend tournament to take on four teams it had yet to see this season at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Tournament. The Scotties were set to face North Dakota State College of Science, #19 Waubonsee CC, #14 Kirkwood CC, and DMACC.
The tough schedule did not phase the Scotties as they swept NDSCS and Waubonsee on Friday. "I was really proud of the women this weekend. I thought, for as tough as the competition was, we really did a nice job of staying focused and continuing to play at a high level. I was excited to watch us take care of business against #19 Waubonsee. Everyone played her best and it was fun to watch," commented head coach Jon Bingesser.
"The next day was a little tougher. Kirkwood played a great match against us, but we never really got anything started either. We had some uncharacteristic errors that assisted them and ended up costing us those close sets. The way we rebounded and took care of DMACC was the highlight of the tournament. Everyone played exceptionally well and because our defense was so on, we were able to focus on our offense. It was nice to see plays executed like that. DMACC is a good team with a great program, and I hope our team realizes what a big deal a 3-0 sweep of them is. It's just what we needed going into another tough week." Kirkwood gave Highland its only loss of the weekend as the Scotties left Des Moines with a record of 3-1.
After going 3-0 in three of their games this weekend, the Scotties have now won 17 of their 29 games in three sets. The whole team contributed during the weekend, led by sophomores Leslie Polanco (Dominican Republic) and Zealia Kleitz (Osawatomie). Polanco recorded 49 kills and 50 digs on the weekend and Kleitz put down 43 kills with an impressive .357 and 16 blocks. Setter Katie Pearson (FR, Kansas City, MO) continued to be reliable with 130 assists and 19 digs. Kirsten Johnson (FR, Topeka) came up with 52 digs on the weekend and Emma Cohalla (FR, Liberty, MO) helped with 7 blocks.
The Scotties face another conference matchup on Wednesday, October 11, at #20 Neosho, with the first serve at 6:30 pm.