September 19, 2014
Cyclones lose momentum
With all their fight and talent, the Cyclones couldn’t maintain the one thing
they needed, momentum, to win their Sept. 18 match against South Suburban
College. Moraine Valley fell in five at home: 21-25, 25-18, 25-10, 14-25, 9-15.
The game was one of momentum, and in the end the Bulldogs had it all. Setter Bridget Ferrin had 40 assists, five digs and an ace for the night. Outsides Kayla Manthei (11 kills, 14 digs, two aces) and Carly Trinley (13 kills, nine digs) both had good nights as well. In the middle, Kate Patnett (eight kills) and Alex Bojan (six kills) were both solid. Leading the back row was libero Carolyn Yerkes with 25 digs, a 2.46 serve receive efficiency and two aces.
September 17, 2014
Ugly win for the ’Clones
The Cyclones defined winning ugly on Sept. 16, defeating College of Lake County
in a four-set match: 25-16, 21-25, 25-23, and 25-14.
Posting a strong defensive effort was Carolyn Yerkes, who recorded 26 digs while playing error-free in the back row. Behind the service line, Kayla Manthei picked apart the Lake County serve receive on her way to nine aces. On offense, Kate Patnett posted the highest efficiency with a .625 hitting percentage on five kills.
September 15, 2014
Cyclone alum earns accolades at Loras College
Kara Kentner (2012-13) had an outstanding two years while competing at Moraine Valley. Her success continues at Loras College where she transferred this year. Kentner was chosen the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Performer of the Week. The setter/right-side hitting junior not only earned that honor for the week of Sept. 9, but also was one of two Duhawks chosen to the Loras College Invitational’s All-Tournament Team.
September 10, 2014
Cyclones take down Oakton
The Cyclones easily took control in their latest win on Sept. 9, defeating
conference squad Oakton Community College in three: 25-19, 25-23, 25-16.
Moraine Valley controlled the match with tough serving that yielded 15 service aces led by Bridget Ferrin with five and Carolyn Yerkes with four. Ferrin was not only tough behind the line but also ran a stellar offense, posting 26 assists. Carly Trinley and Brynn Flannery had a great offensive night on the pins with 10 and seven kills, respectively. The Cyclones received tough net play from middle blocker Alex Bojan, who posted four solo blocks to help silence the Oakton offense.
September 8, 2014
Splitsville for Cyclones
There were some highs and lows this weekend (Sept. 6) in the Cyclones’
quad-match at home where they split their two matches.
The team came out strong in the first game against Sauk Valley Community College. Moraine Valley held the lead up until 19-18 before the Skyhawks called for a timeout. That interruption broke the momentum as the Cyclones eventually fell 25-21. That flat finish bled into the second where Moraine Valley lost 8-25. The Cyclones lost the final battle 17-25 but not before Morgan Hickman stuff blocked Sauk Valley’s best player twice in a row at the end of the match. Carolyn Yerkes led the way for the Cyclones with 20 digs and passing at a 2.46 in serve receive efficiency. Kate Patnett also played well with seven kills on 16 swings and two blocks.
Coming off the loss, the Cyclones were ready to face Highland Community College and defeated them in three: 25-16, 25-18, 25-19. Strong serving set the tone for the match as Kayla Manthei led the team with five aces while also passing a 2.29 in serve receive efficiency and tallying eight kills on 25 swings. Carly Trinley led the team with 10 kills while also amassing nine digs. Right behind Trinley was Patnett who totaled nine kills on 16 swings while contributing three digs and two aces.
September 5, 2014
Cyclones take down Trojans
After battling it out with Kankakee the night before, the Cyclones ripped right
through Triton College on Sept. 4, handily defeating the Trojans in three:
25-19, 25-17, 25-5.
The middle hitters set the tone collecting 23 kills on 39 swings. Jessica Chaput (13 kills, three aces) and Alex Bojan (eight kills) both had solid nights. Kayla Manthei had three kills on nine swings while also leading the team with six aces. Carolyn Yerkes had a solid night defensively with 10 digs, chipping in two assists. In her Cyclone debut, Brynn Flannery had six kills on 15 swings.
September 4, 2014
Big win over Kankakee for ’Clones
With so many new players and new coaching staff, the Cyclones faced their first
real test Sept. 3 against rival Kankakee Community College. In a thrilling
four-set match, the Cyclones prevailed for the win: 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 27-25.
Moraine Valley masterfully defended their home court behind the efforts of Carolyn Yerkes (22 digs) and Kayla Manthei (20 digs). The strong defense helped Bridget Ferrin (26 assists) spread out the offense to a variety of hitters. Leading the attack was Carly Trinley with 15 kills followed by Jessica Chaput with 11 and Alex Bojan with eight.
August 29, 2014
Cyclones win home opener
In their home opener Aug. 28, the Cyclones defeated Olivet Nazarene University in an
organized scrimmage: 25-23, 15-25, 25-19, 25-14.
Running the offense was Bridget Ferrin with 33 assists, two blocks, two kills and an ace. Outside hitter Carly Trinley led all attackers with 13 kills and two aces. Middles Alex Bojan (10 kills, two blocks), Jessica Chaput (five kills) and Kate Patnett (five kills, one block) each had a solid game. Libero Carolyn Yerkes (four aces) and outside Kayla Manthei (two aces) both had great serving.
The team is preparing for their next tough matchup at home with Kankakee Community College on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.
August 27, 2014
Cyclones take down Hawks
Grabbing their third win of the season on Aug. 26, the Cyclones handily defeated
Malcolm X College in three: 25-17, 25-16, and 25-15.
Leading the offensive charge was Donna Killeen with five kills and Alex Bojan with eight kills. Setting the table for the offense was Carly Trinley who posted 14 assists. Killeen also chipped in five digs alongside Carolyn Yerkes’s nine to pace the Cyclones’ defensive effort. Behind the service line, Kayla Manthei led the way with three aces for the night.
The Cyclones play their first home match in the new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center this Thursday at 7 p.m. against Olivet Nazarene University.
August 24, 2014
Cyclones start season with weekend split
The Cyclones started their 2014 campaign by competing at the 19th Annual College
of DuPage Invitational, Aug. 22-23, splitting the weekend.
On the first day of competition, Moraine Valley defeated the host school: 25-11, 25-16, 25-19. Leading the way was Shannon Gardner and Alex Bojan who each had four kills on five swings. Setter Carly Trinley ran the offense with 13 assists while contributing two block assists and 11 digs. Defensively, Carolyn Yerkes had a solid game, passing at a 2.57 serve receive efficiency with nine digs.
The Cyclones’ second match resulted in a forfeit thanks to an absent Riverland Community College squad. That placed Moraine Valley in a pool with Harper College as their opponent on Aug. 23.
Hitting errors plagued the Cyclones as they committed 30 through three sets for a loss against the NJCAA Division III number 10 ranked Harper: 15-25, 16-25, 19-25. Once again Bojan led (six kills on 12 swings) followed by Trinley (16 assists, eight digs) and Yerkes (nine digs and 2.67 in serve receive).
Next up was the number one ranked team, Madison College. After coming out slow for a first game loss, 11-25, the Cyclones fought their way back to take game two, 25-23. Although Moraine Valley fell in the final two sets—13-25 and 16-25—the scores were not indicative of how close they were. Kate Patnett stepped up in the middle with five kills on nine swings and also led the team with four block assists. Donna Killeen (three kills, 12 digs) and Kayla Manthei (three kills, eight digs and a 2.39 in serve receive) both had solid games as outside hitters. At Libero, Yerkes registered 21 digs while setter Trinley had 15 digs and 15 assists. Gardner received All-Tournament honors for her play at outside hitter.
August 23, 2014
Cyclones looking for continued success with new players and new coaching staff
Change is hard, but high expectations haven’t changed for the Cyclone volleyball
team. With a new coaching staff and 10 newcomers on the squad, Moraine Valley
has adjustments to make while keeping their eyes on more championships.
With the pressures of taking over a team that took Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and NJCAA Region IV championships as well as a trip to nationals the past two seasons, new head coach Mark Johnston is ready and excited to continue his predecessor’s winning tradition.
Johnston has been the boys’ and girls’ volleyball coach at St. Ignatius College Prep for nearly 10 years. He was primarily a setter at Lakeland College in Wisconsin, where he earned several honors and helped his team to some top finishes. Johnston has introduced a new offense and defense with the same goals as his predecessor. He’ll be joined on the sidelines by new assistant coach Thomas Ryan.
“I believe we have what it takes to win conference and ultimately earn another bid to nationals. We will be very strong on the defensive side of the ball this year. We have a very solid block and our back row play will be our biggest strength,” Johnston said. “We also have 14 athletes on the roster this year, making the team deep at every position.”
Leading the way will be the main defensive specialists—last year's Libero Kayla Manthei (Lincoln-Way North) and newcomer Carolyn Yerkes (Marist). They are going to get a lot of touches this year and happen to both be good servers as well.
Cyclones 2014 softball Conference Player of the Year and first-year Cyclone volleyball player Carly Trinley (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) and freshman Bridget Ferrin (Richards) will see a lot of time in the setting position. Trinley also is a strong attacker and passer and will be asked to contribute as a pin hitter. Ferrin has good hands and is quick on her right-back defense.
The middles are led by 6-foot-1 sophomore Alex Bojan (Guerin Prep), who was last year's second leading blocker. She is quick to the ball and covers a lot of ground when blocking. At 5’11”, sophomore Jessica Chaput (Shepard) is a smart hitter and natural blocker. Newcomers Kate Patnett (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) at 6-foot and Morgan Hickman (Stagg) at 6-foot-3 also will see a lot of time in the middle.
Jordan Kelley (Oak Forest/Prairie State) will be the pin hitter. She will see the majority of her time on the outside and is a strong hitter with good shots. Other pins will be returner Colleen Kull (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) and freshman Allison Nash (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences), who will see time on the right side. At 6-foot, Kull brings a big block on the right while Nash provides offense from the back row. Amanda Host (Tinley Park) will be the utility player and asked to play multiple positions.
“We are very deep in every position. These athletes will be able to play multiple roles on the team this year. This will make us very strong because we will be able to adjust to our opponents’ strengths and weaknesses more easily. We are going to be a very hard team to score points against,” Johnston said.
August 22, 2014
Cyclones welcome new coach
There’s been a changing of the guard for the Cyclones volleyball team. After 21
years, head coach Gloria Coughlin retired, passing the reins to Mark Johnston.
And he’s happy to be here.
“I am extremely fortunate that the position was open when it was. It was great timing and too good to pass for a number of reasons,” he said. “Moraine Valley volleyball is a very successful, established program, and I plan on doing some great things here. There is a lot of volleyball talent in our district.”
Johnston has an extensive background in playing and coaching the game. He even intended to play volleyball at Moraine Valley after graduating from Eisenhower High School. Coughlin coached the short-lived men’s team, which was discontinued the year Johnston started at the college. Instead, he helped Coughlin coach the women’s team while taking classes before transferring to Lakeland College in Wisconsin. As a setter, and sometimes Libero, Johnston over the years helped his team reach fifth, third and first place finishes at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association National Tournament. He also earned Most Valuable Bench, Most Improved, Conference MVP, and All-Conference as a setter in that time.
In addition to working in the Dean’s Office at Saint Ignatius College Prep, Johnston has been the boys’ volleyball coach since 2006 and held multiple positions with the girls’ team since 2005. Since taking over the high school team, his squad has amassed a 157-135 overall record and defeated heavy-hitters Brother Rice, Loyola, Providence, St. Rita and Mt. Carmel high schools in the Chicago Catholic League.
Johnston has some big shoes to fill, as Coughlin had a 523-317 career record with two trips to the NJCAA Division II Championships, seven Coach of the Year awards and several Hall of Fame inductions. But he’s ready to step up.
“I definitely have some big shoes to fill. Gloria has been very successful here, especially in the last couple years. She is a hard but very fair coach. She ran a really tight ship here, and I have been and will be picking her brain about a lot of things,” Johnston said. “This will be new for me, but I am ready and have been waiting for a challenge like this. Now is a great time for me to make the transition from high school to college volleyball. I feel like I have been coaching long enough where I can bring a lot to this program. This is a golden opportunity for me to learn more about the game at a much more advanced level.”
As with all change, Johnston is bringing his style and feel to the court with the same high goals in mind as his predecessor.
“Change is always good in volleyball. The game is always evolving and the philosophies that I bring in will definitely be different than what the girls have done in the past. I have already introduced a new offense and defense to them. It's going to take some time for them to buy into my system,” he said. “I have always thought of volleyball as a game of chess. If the other team does this, what are we going to do about it? As long as we play smarter and harder than the other team, we are going to be very successful.”
Not only does Johnston expect a lot from his players on the court, but in the classroom as well. “My first expectation for my team will be in the classroom. They are students first. With the help from our athletic department, I will be keeping a close watch on them to make sure that they are succeeding in the classroom, getting their associate’s degree and moving on to a four-year college or university that best fits them,” he said. “On the court, I want to win our conference and ultimately earn a bid to our national tournament in Arizona. That's where they have been the last couple of years, and I don't plan on taking any steps back.”