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November 26, 2012
Cyclones wrap up season in nationals with
accolades and high rankings
The 2012 season outlook promised an entertaining and
exciting season, and it’s safe to say that this team delivered just that.
A regular season of consecutive wins is a feat not often seen in any sport, and
many things had to go right for the Cyclones to achieve a 35-win season sans any
loss until the NJCAA Division II tournament, Nov. 15-17. The squad also took
championship titles in the region and conference and was ranked third in the
“This group of athletes jumped on board from the first day, willing to learn,
willing to work hard every day, willing to give up part-time jobs and free
weekends to gel as a team. We stayed healthy all season, and each player
accepted her role in the interest of the success of the team,” said head coach
Gloria Coughlin, who was named NJCAA Region IV and Illinois Skyway Collegiate
Conference Coach of the Year.
Stats cannot tell the whole story of a season; however, they are a testament to
the strength of these Cyclones. The team raked a total of 1,605 kills, including
401 by Kara Kentner (Sandburg), and a team total of 2,882 digs, of which 874
were from Colleen Gardner (Mother McAuley). Those stats placed Kentner and
Gardner in the top five in the nation for most of the season. Autumn Seiler
(Oak Forest) and
(Oak Forest) had 370 and 295 kills, respectively, along with 352 kills from middle
hitters Stephanie Dagenais
(Oak Forest) and Katlyn Beckow (Evergreen Park), both of whom
blocked 149. The servers scored on 249 serves, 52 of which were from setter
Joanna Curtis (Sandburg).
For their stellar performance, Kentner, Ryan, Gardner, and Seiler were named to
the All-Region and All-Conference first teams while Dagenais and Curtis got nods
to the All-Conference second team. Kentner also was Skyway Player of the Year
and named to the All-American Division II first team.
As the team was predominantly freshmen this season, 2013 looks to be another
year of good numbers for the Cyclones.
November 19, 2012
Cyclones fight to the end in nationals
All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the
Cyclones it happened in the national tournament where they lost their only
matches of the season.
Moraine Valley competed in the NJCAA Division II tournament in Toledo, Ohio,
Nov. 15-16, entering the tournament with a 35-0 record. “’We play to win the
game’ is a common quote in the sports media these days, and we never planned to
work hard to qualify for the national tournament and then ‘play to lose the
game,’” said head coach Gloria Coughlin. “It could have been our youth, our
size, our lack of depth, our butterflies, the coaching, or a combination of
Chalk it up to nerves perhaps, but the Cyclones fought and lost in their first
match with Central Community College from Columbus, Nebraska: 25-22, 10-25,
17-25, 25-18, 13-15. The talented Nebraska team served aggressively and put the
Cyclones in poor position to take good swings at the ball. Moraine Valley was
forced into hitting errors. In the fifth set they scored on 11 attacks, which is
usually good enough to win a 15-point set, but not this time. A couple of errors
at critical moments coupled with an unusual serve-receive error gave the
Cyclones the loss.
It took Moraine Valley the better part of the day to get over that loss and
begin focusing on the next match the following morning. The Cyclones were pitted
against another one-loss team in Catawba Valley Community College from North
Carolina. Catawba’s height at the net posed a problem for the Cyclones offense to
get around. Moraine Valley’s serve-receive game had improved enough to give the
setters good set choices, but the solid block in front of each hitter forced
them into some easier swings at the ball that allowed Catawba to run a fast
offense. “We had trouble executing our game plan against them, and when we gave
up a big lead in the second set loss, going into the third set down 0-2, we
struggled to gain the momentum back to win in the final set,” Coughlin said. The
Cyclones lost in three: 25-27, 29-31, 11-25.
Although it was a disappointing performance after a stellar season, the Cyclones
were not entirely defeated. “One of my former teammates from college was at the
tournament and reminded us that there is only one happy team at the end of each
season, but all the other teams at nationals are very good teams that learned a
lot, gained experience, strengthened their character and are better players for
having competed in the tournament,” Coughlin explained. “She advised us to take
that and build to improve for next season’s national tournament. She expects us
to be back in Toledo for nationals next year. I agree.”
November 5, 2012
Cyclones going to nationals
The Cyclones took their perfect record into the NJCAA
Region IV championship on Nov. 3 and came out still perfect with a title to boot.
They advance to the national tournament at Owens Community College in Toledo,
Ohio, Nov. 15-17.
Moraine Valley has played superb volleyball and that didn’t end in the Region IV
Final Four, where they faced McHenry County College and Kankakee Community
College. The pressure was on for the Cyclones, who went into the Final Four with
a 33-0 record. In the first match of the day, the Cyclones played with quickness
and efficiency to knock off McHenry County: 25-18, 25-8, 25-9. As the team hit
.322, Kara Kentner led the fight with 11 kills of 21 attempts, 12 digs and 14
kill assists. Complimenting that effort was outstanding left-side hitting from
Gina Ryan and Autumn Seiler, who each added nine kills. A very balanced offense
run by Joanna Curtis resulted in her 19 assists, two ace serves and 9 digs.
Libero, Colleen Gardner, ran the defense with 16 receptions, 23 digs and two
aces while Seiler and Ryan made 14 and 10 digs, respectively. The Scots found
themselves in big holes at the start of each set and had no answer for the
varied Cyclones offensive system that was running on all cylinders.
While Moraine Valley waited for the next opponent, they watched a battle in a
five-set match that found Kankakee Community College outlasting South Suburban
College and becoming the next victim. Kankakee took good swings, but Moraine
Valley’s solid serve reception and 67 digs allowed them to hit for 45 kills.
Kentner led that offense with 13 kills, five blocks, eight digs, and 16 assists.
Seiler added 10 kills, two aces and 10 digs while Ryan was hot with eight kills,
14 digs and accurate serve receptions. Katlyn Beckow was tough at the net with
five kills and four blocks, and Jane Tunney pitched in five kills and two blocks
at the right pin. Gardner remained the work horse in the back court with 21 digs
and 23 good receptions while Curtis dished out 23 assists. The team work led to
some close sets and a trip to nationals: 25-18, 25-18, 25-23.
“This was absolutely a team effort to win not only this championship match but
also for the entire season,” said coach Gloria Coughlin. “It takes a group of
true team players to have the successes that we have shared this season. We have
selfless defenders that give our setters opportunities to set a balanced attack.
We have hitters that are as excited about their teammates’ kills as they are
their own. We have bench support like no other squad that makes the most of
every opportunity to help the team, and a genuinely hard working bunch of
athletes that bought into our coaching, our system and our goals to challenge
each other to become better players every day.”
Four Cyclones were named to the 2012 All Region IV first team: Ryan—also the
number one player in the region—Kentner, Gardner and Seiler. Kentner and Ryan
also got the nod to the Region IV All-Tournament Team. Coughlin was named Region
Coach of the Year, but would be remiss if she didn’t include her assistant
coach, Donna Zidek, in the recognition. “It really should be Coaches of the
Year, as our season does not happen without her expertise, her attention to
detail, her match preparation, and her training of our players,” Coughlin said.
November 1, 2012
Cyclones in the Final Four
The Cyclones go into the NJCAA Region IV Final Four
tournament with a perfect record. After easily defeating Morton College Oct. 31
in the region quarter finals for their 33rd win and earning some individual
awards, the team now prepares for competition to determine if they head to
Moraine Valley won in three sets: 25-7, 25-12, 25-10. Autumn Seiler led the
fight with 13 kills of 23 swings and just two errors, hitting .478. Kara Kentner
was just as hot with 11 kills of 14 error-free attempts, hitting .785 while
assisting on nine kills and adding an ace serve and block. Those two hitters
were in the front row most of the match due to the great serving and defense
from Joanna Curtis, who had seven ace serves, seven digs and 22 assists, along
with the digging duo of Gina Ryan, who had 11 digs, four kills, three aces and a
block, and libero Colleen Gardner, who had 19 digs, 14 good serve receptions and
an ace serve in her nine serve attempts. “All that defense and good passing
allows our hitters to get those great opportunities to swing for points,” said
coach Gloria Coughlin.
Stephanie Dagenais had six kills in nine attempts while Katlyn Beckow added
another four kills and three blocks, all of which were a significant factor in
After the game the All-Region team was announced and included Kentner, Gardner,
Ryan, and Seiler. Kentner also was named the Illinois Skyway Collegiate
Conference Player of the Week last week, her second as a freshman.
This victory qualified the Cyclones for the region Final Four on Nov. 3 at
College of Lake County. The Cyclones play at 10 a.m. with the championship match
scheduled for 2 p.m. to determine who represents Region IV at the NJCAA
tournament in Ohio.
October 29, 2012
’Clones finish regular season with a record 32
wins, no losses
Call them the untouchables. In 32 regular season games, the
Cyclones went unscathed, breaking Moraine Valley records and accomplishing a
difficult feat of perfection. They won their final match Oct. 26 in five tough
sets with seventh-ranked Lincoln Land College: 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 19-25, 15-12.
In a battle to the very end, the Cyclones left it all on the court for the
victory. Kara Kentner hit an amazing .400 percent with her team leading 19 kills
of 40 swings along with two blocks, an ace serve and 22 assists. Autumn Seiler
was right behind with 18 kills and four blocks while Gina Ryan was hot at the
net with 14 kills, hitting .315 percent, blocking two, and digging 30 attacks.
The defense and serve receive as a team was efficient. Colleen Gardner stood out
in the back court with 46 digs and Joanna Curtis ran a balanced offense, getting
all hitters involved and assisting on 33 kills in her 89 good sets.
“This match completes an undefeated regular season of play. Winning 32 matches
in a row is an amazing feat for any team. I am so fortunate to have been allowed
to work with such a great group of student athletes who worked so hard to earn
this wonderful accomplishment,” said head coach Gloria Coughlin. “Certainly in
my 23 years here at Moraine Valley, we have had many talented teams and many
winning seasons, but I’m so happy for this group to make their mark in the
Moraine Valley records book.”
Assistant coach Donna Zidek added, “I was very proud of the girls’ effort
throughout this last match and the leadership shown by every player. Each one of
them brought something different to the match that we needed in order to win.
Some brought great defense, some brought timely hitting, some brought key blocks
and serves, some brought direction, support and encouragement. Everything was
needed to reach the goal. An undefeated regular season is rare, and I am happy
they got to experience it. As far as individual players go, Colleen Gardner
definitely played stand-out, high intensity defense. Her play really inspired
her team to play all out.”
Playoffs start Oct. 31 for the Cyclones.
October 17, 2012
Piece of cake win
It was only a week since their last game, but the Cyclones
didn’t lose a step Oct. 16 with an easy win over Milwaukee Area Technical
College: 25-7, 25-8, 25-8.
Moraine Valley was not an easy foe for the first-year Milwaukee squad. Kara
Kentner led the Cyclones with 10 kills of 16 swings with Gina Ryan close behind
with eight kills in 11 attempts with no errors, hitting a .727 kill percentage
while scoring three points from the service line. Katlyn Beckow added five
kills, Autumn Seiler chipped in four more and Bridget Williams came off the
bench to notch seven ace serves and 13 kill assists.
October 10, 2012
First goal reached, Cyclones crowned Skyway champs
The first goal the Cyclones had this season was to earn the
Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship, a feat solidified with a
challenging final three-set win over conference foe Oakton Community College on
Oct. 9. In their seventh conference and 28th straight overall victory, the
Cyclones fought to become the undefeated 2012 champs: 25-22, 25-20, 25-20.
The win was not an easy task as Oakton played fearlessly and tested the
Cyclones. “Oakton’s big hitters took some nice swings and earned 19 points on
solid hits through, off and around our blockers. As a team, our attack was not
highly efficient but defensively, they kept many balls in play to take more
swings. Over the course of the match, we did enough to win each set,” said coach
Gloria Coughlin. “One of our greatest strengths is our consistency on serve
receive and defense that gives us the ability to use all of our hitters at any
time. Our setters do a great job of distributing sets all around the court and
this wears a team down over time as they try to defend our variety of hitters.”
Kara Kentner shined with 16 kills, one error of 32 swings, hitting a .468 kill
percentage. She added two blocks, 19 digs and 14 kill assists. Autumn Seiler
also played a key role in this match with 14 kills, three blocks and 13 digs.
Gina Ryan contributed eight kills, a block, an ace and 23 digs. The defensive
duo of Ryan and Colleen Gardner was critical in continuing to give the Cyclones
opportunities to attack. Gardner led the team in digs with 25, but it was a
whole team effort to keep the ball off the Cyclones’ floor, reflected in 129
team digs (43 digs per set). Joanna Curtis played well with 13 digs and 26 kill
Cyclones ranked sixth in NJCAA polls
As of Oct. 10, the Cyclones were ranked sixth in NJCAA
Division II. As a team they rank fifth in both digs (2,049) and digs per set
(22.52). Kara Kentner is seventh in hitting percentage with .417, 16th in kills
with 284 and 16th in points (345). Autumn Seiler is 18th in kills (282), 15th in
total attacks with 775 and 21st in points with 332.
October 8, 2012
Cyclones post perfect record in Harper Tourney
Not only did Moraine Valley take the Harper Invitational
Tournament on Oct. 6, but broke its college record from 2010 for consecutive
wins in a season (25) with a 27th victory.
In the first match, the Cyclones easily handled Elgin Community College: 25-7,
25-12, 25-16. Autumn Seiler ran the show with 14 kills, no errors of 23 swings
for an amazing .608 kill percentage. Kara Kentner added eight kills, two blocks
and four service aces. Stephanie Dagenais and Gina Ryan were equally hot with
seven kills each with only one error in 22 swings between them. As a team, they
had 47 kills of 87 swings with just seven errors for a team kill percentage of
.459, a difficult feat to defend. The Spartans didn’t have a chance to get their
offense going in this first match of the day.
Having not been tested of late, the Cyclones had asked for a little more
competition and they got what they asked for in the match with Harper College.
Moraine Valley was pushed to five sets, being the ultimate victor: 25-20, 25-21,
15-25, 18-25, 15-12. With only 15 minutes between the Elgin match, the Cyclones
faced a rested Harper team. Although Moraine Valley was fairly successful in the
first two sets, Harper made some adjustments and tipped and served short balls
to gain the advantage and keyed in on Cyclones hitters to block attack
tendencies. “After dropping the third and fourth set, the Cyclones regrouped,
regained confidence and headed back on the court as the team that had gotten
this far in the season,” said coach Gloria Coughlin. “I told them this was a
character building opportunity, and I wanted character the size of Texas.” Of
the 15 points needed to get the win in the fifth set, Moraine Valley hit for 10
kills, blocked for three more and forced Harper into three errors. Kentner led
the team with 16 kills, 16 digs and 18 assists with Ryan right behind her with
15 kills, two blocks, 19 digs, and excellent passing. Seiler added 12 kills,
three blocks and 18 digs while Colleen Gardner was her normal self in the back
court passing 28 serves and digging 36 attacks. Joanna Curtis set a balanced
offense with 32 assists plus two aces in her 30 service attempts.
McHenry County College had a big win over top ranked Rock Valley College to win
their pool and meet the Cyclones in the championship match. Moraine Valley had
little problem with the Scots, defeating them in straight sets: 25-13,
25-17,25-21. Seiler was the top hitter in this match with 13 kills while Kentner
added 10 kills along with eight digs and nine assists. Katlyn Beckow protected
the net with four blocks and seven kills while Jane Tunney added five kills and
a block. Curtis dished out 24 assists and scored on two service aces.
For their outstanding play, several players were named to the All-Tournament
Team including Kentner, Seiler, Ryan, and Gardner.
October 5, 2012
Cyclones put Morton down
The Cyclones took down another conference rival on Oct. 4
with Morton College becoming the latest victim in three swift sets: 25-10, 25-9,
Stephanie Dagenais had an outstanding night with a 1.0 hitting percentage,
equivalent to a batter hitting 1,000. She hit 10 kills of 10 attempts and also
added two blocks for kills. Not far behind her in the error free evening was
Kara Kentner scoring on seven of her 10 attempts for points (.636 kill
percentage) plus four blocks, 17 assists and six digs. Autumn Seiler was a hot
hitter as well with 10 kills and Gina Ryan added another six plus two blocks, an
ace serve and 18 digs. Katlyn Beckow chipped in four kills, four blocks, three
service aces, and three digs while Colleen Gardner received 19 serves and was
tough on defense with 22 digs.
October 3, 2012
The Cyclones knocked down another conference foe Oct. 2,
earning a 23rd straight victory with three sets over McHenry County College:
25-13, 25-14, 25-12.
Autumn Seiler shone with 11 kills followed by a balanced offense of Stephanie
Dagenais with seven kills, three blocks and an ace while both Gina Ryan and Kara
Kentner added five kills each. Ryan chipped in 14 digs and Kentner assisted on
12 kills. Colleen Gardner had 20 digs for the night, and Joanna Curtis and
Bridget Williams assisted on 13 and seven additional kills, respectively.
October 1, 2012
Still on top
The Cyclones are starting the month off right, maintaining
a perfect record and adding two more wins Sept. 29 in a tri-match with Joliet
Junior College and Lincoln College.
In the first match, Moraine Valley defeated Joliet: 25-22, 25-13, 25-12. Kara
Kentner was solid with 14 kills, one error of 27 attempts, hitting .481 percent
for kills. She also added three service aces, eight digs and 17 kill assists.
Autumn Seiler added nine kills while Gina Ryan had another eight. Katlyn Beckow
was big at the net in this match with seven kills in 10 swings. Joanna Curtis
assisted on 20 kills and scored on five service aces.
After a break, the Cyclones defeated Lincoln College in three: 25-12, 25-18,
25-18. Once the Cyclones took the court, they were led by Seiler with 12 kills
followed by Kentner with 10 kills, two aces, 14 digs, and 12 assists. Ryan was
not only tough at the net with seven kills but spent a lot of time at the
service line with 19 good serves and 19 digs. Curtis assisted on 23 kills and
the middles—Stephanie Dagenais and Beckow—scored on six blocks and seven kills
September 28, 2012
Number 20 for Cyclones
If there was concern over which school would give the
Cyclones their first loss, it was Harper College. But Moraine Valley topped this
team too for their 20th consecutive win on Sept. 27: 25-20, 25-23, 25-13.
This was a big victory over a big team with a top level left side hitter that
had good hits off the Cyclones defense. However, Moraine Valley had more
offensive options and scored from all three positions in the front court. Autumn
Seiler was the top hitter of the night with 10 kills while both Kara Kentner and
Gina Ryan were right behind with nine kills each. Both middle hitters were
productive as Stephanie Dagenais had eight kills and Katlyn Beckow scored on
another five swings with two blocks. Ryan had a big passing night with 26
receptions and 20 digs while Colleen Gardner added 23 digs along with two kills
and an ace serve. Assisting on kills tonight were Joanna Curtis with 23 while
Kentner dished out 14 assists.
September 26, 2012
’Clones take Spartans in three
Capturing another Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference win
over Waubonsee Community College on Sept. 25, the Cyclones continued their
dominance on the court.
The Cyclones won in three thanks to another team effort: 25-10, 25-8, 25-23.
Autumn Seiler led the team with 10 kills and two blocks with Kara Kentner just
one kill behind her with no errors in 14 swings, hitting 64 percent for kills.
Kentner added three blocks, two service aces, 11 digs, and 19 assists. Katlyn
Beckow was strong at the net adding eight kills and three blocks while Gina Ryan
and Colleen Gardner were huge in the back court with 20 and 36 digs,
respectively. Ryan hit well last night with seven kills, as well as attacking
from the service line with two aces of 19 good serves. Coming off the bench,
Bridget Williams played a solid backcourt with an ace and three digs.
September 24, 2012
Cyclones top Kankakee Tri-Match
With the threat of revenge from Kankakee Community College
and the strength of Goshen College JV, the Cyclones bested both teams in the
Kankakee Tri-Match Sept. 22, improving their record to 18-0.
It only took three sets, but each was hard fought with Kankakee: 25-23, 25-20,
25-16. The Cyclones were prepared for Kankakee’s revenge after beating them in
five sets earlier this month. Gina Ryan was on fire hitting for 17 kills of 28
swings, a .535 kill percentage. She also added a block, 21 digs and 13 good
receptions. Kara Kentner was not far behind with 13 kills, three blocks, 21
digs, and 18 assists. Autumn Seiler helped out with nine kills. All three of
these hitters were successful largely thanks to the middle hitters drawing the
blockers to create some seams for pin hitters to swing for points. Katlyn Beckow
and Stephanie Dagenais were tough at the net with five kills each and combined
for five blocks. Joanna Curtis assisted on 29 kills while Colleen Gardner led
the defense with 22 receptions and 17 digs.
In the second match, the Cyclones stayed hot and won in three over Goshen:
25-18, 25-23, 25-14. Ryan continued her hot hitting with 10 kills of 15 swings,
three blocks and six digs. Kentner added seven kills and 13 assists while Beckow
connected on six sets for kills. Seiler and Jane Tunney chipped in five kills
each. The backcourt was solid as Gardner made 19 digs to give the setters ample
chances to find their attackers. Curtis dished out 18 assists with Bridget
Williams coming off the bench to set and assist on four kills.
September 21, 2012
Cyclones on a tear
It was another night of teamwork and hot hitting for the
Cyclones as they continued an unbeaten streak Sept. 20, knocking down South
Suburban College: 25-11, 25-20, 25-15.
As any NJCAA and conference player of the week would deliver, Kara Kentner
continued her tear hitting error free with 10 kills of 14 swings, hitting a kill
percentage of .714 on top of three ace serves, 10 digs and 13 kill assists. Her
teammates helped out with 10 kills from Autumn Seiler and strong net play from
middle blockers Stephanie Dagenais and Katlyn Beckow who added four kills and
six blocks apiece. Joanna Curtis found the hot hitters with her 17 assists while
Colleen Gardner delivered 17 digs and 15 tough serves. Gina Ryan scored from the
service line three times and added 13 digs to keep the offense running smoothly.
September 19, 2012
Kentner named NJCAA and conference player of week
Freshman Kara Kentner was named NJCAA Division II and
Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference player of the week, Sept. 9-16 for good
work on the court. The right side hitter/setter had triple-doubles in all three
Cyclones wins and totaled 11 sets, 39 kills, 33 digs, five blocks, and an ace,
helping her team go 3-0 for the week. She averaged 3.54 kills, 3.00 digs and
5.18 assists per set on the week.
September 19, 2012
Cyclones finish off Spartans
The Cyclones torched Elgin Community College Sept. 18 in
three quick sets: 25-11, 25-12, 25-10.
Autumn Seiler was hot on the court with 11 kills, 11 digs and an ace serve. Gina
Ryan added five kills and 20 digs while Jane Tunney and Kara Kentner chipped in
five kills apiece. Kentner also dished out 21 assists and scored on three
blocks. Joanna Curtis assisted on 12 kills and Colleen Gardner passed 10
receptions and had 17 digs, two aces and three kills of her own in the effort.
September 17, 2012
Cyclones make statement in Tri-Match
A good team effort aided the continued Cyclones domination
on Sept. 14 in the Tri-Match against College of DuPage and Oakton Community
College. With two more wins Moraine Valley has won 14 straight.
Moraine Valley easily handled DuPage in the first match: 25-19, 25-13, 25-11.
Kara Kentner was a monster in this match, hitting 52 percent of her attacks for
kills, notching 12 kills of 21 swings with only one error. She added two blocks
and 10 digs to her stats for that match. Helping her on offense was Stephanie
Dagenais, Gina Ryan and Autumn Seiler, all with seven kills each. Colleen
Gardner was big on defense with 20 good serve receptions and 30 digs. Joanna
Curtis had 17 kill assists, 10 of those to Kentner.
After a short break, the Cyclones took on a fresh Oakton team that is always a
big rival. This does not count as an official Illinois Skyway Collegiate
Conference match, but is a great preview for both teams to see what must be done
before they meet again on Oct. 9. Despite some scouting and pressure by Oakton,
the Cyclones came out on top: 25-14, 24-26, 16-25, 25-6, 15-9.
“Oakton always comes with everything they have in the arsenal and they have
several big, strong players that challenged both our offense and defense as was
evident in the five-set match,” said coach Gloria Coughlin.
After a quick Cyclones win in the first set, Oakton made some adjustments and
Moraine Valley made some unnecessary errors at the end of the second set and
came up short. Oakton then came out serving aggressively in the third set and
forced the Cyclones into some poor hitting choices for a second loss. “What we
have learned about our team is that we can regroup, recover and regain our
composure to come out and take care of the ball at critical times,” Coughlin
Moraine Valley bounced back in the fourth set with 11 kills, zero errors, four
service aces, and three blocks for 18 points while Oakton made five hitting
errors and two serving errors to add seven points to a quick 25-point win for
the Cyclones. “Momentum was definitely on our side and we once again took care
of business in the fifth set to win the match,” Coughlin said.
Kentner continues to be the work horse as both hitter and setter with 16 kills
in 35 attempts, three blocks, an ace, 13 digs, and 22 kill assists. Ryan brought
her “A” game with nine kills, two aces, 12 perfect serve receptions, and 26 digs
to allow the Cyclones to keep swinging at the net. Seiler added 12 kills while
Jane Tunney was solid at the right pin with seven kills. Gardner made her
typical strong impact in the backcourt as Libero with 26 receptions and 33 digs.
As setter, Curtis did a solid job distributing sets to assist on 27 kills plus
September 12, 2012
Cyclones take care of Pioneers
The Cyclones continue to roll over the competition, earning
another conference win on Sept. 11, this time a three-set match with Prairie
State College: 25-19, 25-18, 25-16.
Autumn Seiler led the team offensively with 12 kills and a service ace. Kara
Kentner was right behind her with 11 kills of her 21 swings. Stephanie Dagenais
added eight kills while Gina Ryan chipped in another six along with three ace
serves and 13 digs.
September 10, 2012
Cyclones win 11th straight
The Cyclones brought their winning streak to 11, tacking on
their first Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference win this season on Sept. 6
against College of Lake County. Moraine Valley easily won in three sets: 25-8,
Autumn Seiler led the team with nine kills, three service aces and
two blocks. Kara Kentner added seven kills along with five more from
Stephanie Dagenais and four kills and 13 digs from Gina Ryan. Colleen Gardner helped out with two kills and an ace
of her own to go with 20 digs.
“The first conference match win for the season is always a number one goal for
us. Done,” coach Gloria Coughlin said.
The Cyclones also hit the top 10 in the NJCAA Division II polls on Sept. 5,
ranking fourth nationally. Kentner is ranked fifth in hitting percentage with a
September 6, 2012
Intense matchup doesn’t faze Cyclones
In one of their biggest and most intense matches this
season, the Cyclones took on rival Kankakee Community College at home on Sept. 5
and squeaked out the win in five contested battles: 25-27, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21,
“We knew it was going to be a battle and a battle it was! Kankakee is very good
with three strong hitters and a feisty Libero that kept a lot of balls in play
that we felt should have been kills for our hitters,” said coach Gloria
Coughlin. “Our first home match of the season always brings a few butterflies
that may have hung around for the first two sets, but then we shook them off and
became more mentally engaged and took sets three and four from them. Everything
came down to the fifth set which is only 15 points. Our goal was to race to
eight points first, switch courts and have a strong finish.”
In that fifth set the Cyclones were down 12-14, one play away from defeat, but
got two hard kills from Kara Kentner (Sandburg) and another from Autumn Seiler
(Oak Forest) to go ahead 15-14. An aggressive serve by the Cyclones missed the
court and let the Cavaliers back in for a moment. With the match on the line,
Kankakee made two ball handling errors to end play in the Cyclones’ favor.
A huge team effort made this win possible. Seiler led the team with 18 kills
followed by Kentner with 15. Gina Ryan (Oak Forest) added nine huge swings for
kills and held up the backcourt with 23 digs and 22 serve receptions. Colleen
Gardner (Mother McAuley) was a work horse in the back as well with 32 digs and
44 receptions. Stephanie Dagenais (Oak Forest) had a big night with nine kills
and four service aces. Katlyn Beckow (Evergreen Park) added six kills and four
blocks while Jane Tunney (Sandburg) contributed five more kills. Joanna Curtis
(Sandburg) set a nice match distributing 35 kill assists along with Kentner’s 20
assists. “We go down to Kankakee for a rematch on Sept. 22, and I can’t wait,”
September 3, 2012
Nothing but wins in tourney for Cyclones
Labor Day weekend was supposed to bring some challenging
matches to the Cyclones’ plate, but the team made everything look easy with five
wins at the Owens Community College Express Invitational in Toledo, Ohio.
Owens is the site of the 2012 NJCAA Championships this November, and 28 teams
attended this event to get to know the venue. Each participating college chose
the number of matches to play with the Cyclones winning all five and losing only
one set all weekend.
The first test on Aug. 31 was against a tall and talented Kellogg Community
College that had strong middle hitters who challenged the Cyclones defense.
Moraine Valley’s ball handling skills gave them opportunities to take good
swings and ultimately earn the win: 25-18, 25-19, 25-17. Kara Kentner (Sandburg)
led the team with a perfect 12 kills in 25 attempts with no errors. Left-side
hitters Autumn Seiler (Oak Forest) and Gina Ryan (Oak Forest) were tough with
nine and eight kills, respectively, while middles Stephanie Dagenais (Oak
Forest) and Katlyn Beckow (Evergreen Park) helped out with strong blocking and a
shared eight kills. Libero Colleen Gardner (Mother McAuley) led the team with 23
digs, and setters Joanna Curtis (Sandburg) and Kentner assisted on 39 kills.
Lansing Community College was next up, looking shorter and weaker than in past
seasons. The Cyclones quickly took advantage of that, winning in three sets:
25-10, 25-21, 25-12. Ryan led the team in kills with 10 and added four service
aces and 12 digs to notch her second double-double of the season in kills/digs. Kentner added seven kills, an ace and 17 kill assists, Seiler added another six
kills while Dagenais had five more kills along with her two blocks and an ace.
Curtis distributed 20 sets that resulted in kills and added two more points from
the service line.
Saturday morning, Sept. 1, pitted Moraine Valley against another big, strong
Michigan team—Macomb Community College—with a 6-foot 3-inch left-side hitter and
dangerous middle hitter. The Cyclones worked hard for every point in this match
but came out on top in three straight: 25-21, 25-17, 25-18. Once again, Kentner
led with 10 kills, three blocks, 14 digs and 20 kill assists for her third
triple-double of the season in kills/digs/assists. Ryan added nine kills and
eight digs, Dagenais contributed eight kills while Ryan, Seiler and Gardner
passed 43 serves and notched 35 digs to give the Cyclones opportunities to swing
at the net for 47 points. Curtis dished out 23 assists.
With only a 15-minute break between matches, the Cyclones had enough rest to
take on a weaker Genesee Community College squad that was much larger in size
and numbers than it was in strength and skills. Moraine Valley easily won: 25-5,
Three Cyclones hitters had double digit kills for the match. Seiler led with 17
kills, followed by Ryan with 16 and Kentner with 14 to go along with her seven
service aces in 15 service attempts. Gardner also controlled the service line
with 24 serves, including four aces. Melanie Gerhardt (Bremen) came off the
bench and made an immediate impact with two kills and two blocks while Bridget
Williams (Mount Assisi) dished out seven kill assists to go with her three kills
and four digs.
The real test for the Cyclones came in their fifth and final match against
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a team that is always a national contender.
This was a hard fought battle on both sides of the net with the Cyclones
triumphing: 25-17, 10-25, 25-20, 25-22.
“On the trip home we reviewed the end of rally stats and found that in each of
the sets we won, we worked a little harder at the end of each set to get the
last few kills,” said coach Gloria Coughlin. In the first set, Moraine Valley
was ahead from the start and didn’t let Kalamazoo get within three points. In
the second set Kalamazoo came out with a vengeance, served aggressively and
caught the Cyclones off guard. “We didn’t pass their serves well enough to give
our hitters good swings. Kalamazoo is too good a team to let that happen without
making us pay for it, thus the 10-25 pasting,” Coughlin said. Set three got the
Cyclones back on track with neither team leading by more than three points.
Moraine Valley ended the 18-18 tie with two service aces, two kills and forced
Kalamazoo into a service error and a hitting error. The fourth set was as
exhausting as it was invigorating as neither team had more than a two-point lead
that was exchanged until the 20-20 point. “We forced them into a hitting error
then hit for two kills, blocked for kill, and Kentner blasted the last set to
the floor between two big blockers to win the match. It was an awesome ending to
an awesome weekend,” Coughlin said.
August 27, 2012
Cyclones have clean sweep in COD tourney
The opponents may have threatened with their height at the
College of DuPage Tournament Aug. 24-25, but Moraine Valley shut them all down,
winning every match to open the season.
The Cyclones started well with a solid victory over a tall and talented Lincoln
College: 25-16, 25-12, 25-20. The freshmen didn’t waste any time making an
offensive impact with Stephanie Dagenais (Oak Forest) leading the team with 14
kills, Autumn Seiler (Oak Forest) adding 12 and Kara Kentner (Sandburg) swinging
for 10 more kills and notching 20 kill assists. Serve reception was strong
thanks to Seiler leading the effort with 22 digs along with Colleen Gardner
(Mother McAuley) adding 21, Kentner with 20 and Gina Ryan (Oak Forest) with 19.
Setter Joanna Curtis (Sandburg) distributed 32 kill assists and Kentner added 20
Kentner led the team in the Cyclones’ second match with Ancilla College: 25-11,
25-20, 25-16. She had 10 kills, three blocks, an ace serve, and 13 assists.
Seiler added seven kills and an ace along with 12 digs. Dagenais and Ryan both
chipped in five kills while Ryan helped out with 13 good receptions and 17 digs.
Gardner added four points on service aces and led the defensive stat with 22
digs. Curtis assisted in 15 kills.
For their second day of matches, the Cyclones were pitted against Harper
College, coming out with another big win: 25-15, 25-18, 25-22. Although the
Cyclones are a little taller than last season, Harper still towered over Moraine
Valley with several front row players. “We needed everything we could muster in
this semi-final match against an annual regional foe. It took a balanced
offensive game to keep Harper at bay,” said coach Gloria Coughlin. Ryan led with
nine kills and Katlyn Beckow (Evergreen Park/Lake Forest College), Kentner and
Seiler each added eight kills. Dagenais pitched in five kills while Jane Tunney
(Sandburg) scored on four attacks. The middles were tough at the net with
Dagenais blocking three hits for points and Beckow stopping two. Gardner was
fierce in the backcourt with 31 digs and 23 serve receptions. Ryan and Seiler
added accuracy to the service reception and between them dug 35 more attacks to
keep the ball in play and allow the Cyclones to swing 119 times in the match as
a team. Curtis dished out 30 kill assists along with 13 from Kentner.
In the championship match, the Cyclones faced yet another big, tall and
well-coached team in Highland Community College. Solid ball handling allowed
Moraine Valley many opportunities to run a balanced offense for the win: 25-19,
25-21, 25-20. Kentner led with 10 kills and was joined in the effort by Ryan
with 10 more, Seiler with seven, Dagenais with five, and both Beckow and Tunney
with four kills each. Curtis assisted for 22 of those kills and Kentner for 17.
It was tough to score from the service line as Highland was a good serve
reception team, but the Cyclones’ 42 receptions and 86 digs gave them more
opportunities to swing and exploit holes in the Highland defense.
August 22, 2012
Cyclones looking strong in 2012
The 2012 Cyclones have all the makings of a successful
season—athleticism, versatility on the court and experience—which bodes well for
this team of mostly newcomers.
Moraine Valley lost several all-conference and all-region players from last year
and return just one—Colleen Gardner (Mother McAuley)—from that
squad which was one loss from advancing to the national championship for a
second consecutive year. But Gardner is ready to lead a strong team to another
20-plus win season and try to recapture the Illinois Skyway Collegiate
Gardner is moving from left side hitter, where she played last season, back to
her comfort zone in the Libero position. She will direct the defensive side of
the court and be one of three primary receivers of the opponents’ serves. Head
coach Gloria Coughlin welcomes a group of talented athletes who she and
long-time assistant coach Donna Zidek expect to make an immediate impact at the
First year players Kara Kentner (Sandburg), Joanna
Curtis (Sandburg), Jane Tunney (Sandburg), and
Bridget Williams (Mount Assisi) will be a good balance on the right
side of the court to Gina Ryan (Oak Forest) and Autumn
Seiler (Oak Forest) on the left side. Add to that mix newcomers
Stephanie Dagenais (Oak Forest), Katlyn Beckow
(Evergreen Park/Lake Forest College) and Melanie Gerhardt
(Bremen) on the middle attack for a good number of options in the team’s
“We are very athletic this year and will have the ability to move players into
different positions depending on the opponents. That will make scouting us a
difficult task and allow our team to use several different offensive and
defensive systems,” Coughlin said. “More systems mean more to learn for these
young players. However, each player brings in high school and club experience,
so we are looking forward to utilizing their abilities and knowledge of the game
to offer a very exciting season of volleyball.”
The Cyclones start the season at the College of DuPage Invitational Tournament
August 25 and 26 before heading to a tough tournament at Owens Community College
in Ohio during Labor Day weekend. In Ohio, Moraine Valley will be tested with
top teams from around the country who all want to play at the site of this
year’s NJCAA Championship in November. On Sept. 6 conference play begins with a
match against College of Lake County.
“This season will be both entertaining and exciting. We welcome our fans back,
welcome new fans and invite all the student body and faculty to join us for some
fun in the gym,” Coughlin said.
The first Cyclones home game is Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. against rival Kankakee