Red Devils push Lady Cavaliers but lose

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
In a home match last week, Allen County Community College’s Suzie Fields tips the volleyball over two would-be blockers at the net. On Wednesday, the Red Devils took on NJCAA Division II fifth-ranked Johnson County Community College in Overland Park and pushed the Lady Cavaliers to five sets before losing the Jayhawk Eastern Division match. Johnson County beat Allen County 25-27, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11.

OVERLAND PARK — No one, and I mean no one, likes to lose. Not the players nor the coaches but sometimes a great effort is just not enough because the other team is better.
“Allen has not taken Johnson County into five games in the last eight years. And the last win against Johnson County was in 2002 when I was here as a freshman,” said Jessica Peters, Allen County Community College head volleyball coach.
Allen County went into the Johnson County Community College gym Wed-nesday and made the Lady Cavaliers prove their fifth-place ranking in NJCAA Division II volleyball. The Red Devils pushed the Lady Cavaliers to five sets (games) before losing.
Johnson County handed Allen County a 25-27, 25-21 18-25, 25-23, 15-11 loss.
“Our girls raised some eyebrows last night. I was OK with the tough loss because of the effort put forth by all of the girls,” Peters said.
Peters said the Red Devils came out and played well together in the opening set to get the win. Allen County struggled a bit as Johnson County caught fire in the second set to even things up.
“We started set three with a five-point serving run and led 6-0. We held the momentum and Jennifer House set point for us,” Peters said.
“Set four was neck-and-neck all the way through. We needed two to win and we made a service error followed by a serve receive error and an attack error.”
Allen County’s net attack was led by Nicole Rockhold with 22 kills in the match and one block assist. She had 21 defensive digs.
Jennifer House delivered 15 kills at the net. House had 23 digs and one service ace. Andrea Miller put down 10 kills and made two solo blocks.
Suzie Filed had nine kills, one solo block and one assisted block at the net. Misty Powelson served two aces and led Allen County with 24 digs.
Mindi Lozenski was credited with 51 set assists. She also had one service as and 10 digs. Brooke Bingham had one service ace and 10 digs.
The Red Devils are 1-1 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play and 10-6 overall. Johnson County improved to 3-0 in the East and 7-1 overall.
Allen County hosts Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Friday. The match starts at 6:30 p.m.