Red Devils take conference win

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Allen County Community College’s crowd celebrates with volleyball players Misty Powelson (1) and Mindi Lozenski after the Red Devils scored a point off a kill here Wednesday night. The Red Devils rallied after losing the first set to visiting Coffeyville Community College to win in four sets in their home opener.
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Sparking a rally with a nine-point serving stint in the second set, Nicole Rockhold tosses the ball in the air for a serve. Allen County Community College beat Coffeyville Community College 14-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 here Wednesday.

The roar could have raised Allen County Community College’s gym roof.
Sophomore Jennifer House brought down the house when she delivered the winning point on a kill at the net. Allen County’s Red Devils celebrated as did their crowd in a Jayhawk Eastern Division victory over visiting Coffeyville Community College Wed-nesday.
“This win was important for us,” said Amy Bolen, sophomore hitter. “Playing at home in front of a great crowd and we were pumped up to play tonight. Our crowd was great.”
Bolen said the 14-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 win came from effort and focus by the Red Devils.
“We started out slow and lost that first game. Then from game two through four, our effort was better than theirs. We focused on our side of court in those games and we showed what we can do.”
Opening Jayhawk East play at home against a team that they had lost to twice this season, the Red Devils got behind the Red Ravens quickly in the opening set. Coffeyville had two five-point serving runs to pull away for the 25-14 win.
Allen County lost to Coffeyville in the first tournament of the season at Butler Community College in El Dorado. Then last Saturday, Coffeyville defeated Allen County at the Allen County Invitational.
The Red Devils were down 5-2 in the second set. Nicole Rockhold, a freshman, stepped to the service line for Allen County. With House, Bolen and sophomore Suzie Fields pa-trolling the net, Rockhold served nine consecutive points. She had two ace serves in the string, which sparked the Red Devils.
House had a kill in that run and combined with Fields for a block. Fields had a solo block at the net and Bolen had two kills.
The Red Devils never trailed again in the set, winning 25-18.
Coffeyville and Allen County battled point-for-point in the third set. It was 18-18 when sophomore setter Mindi Lozenski went to the service line.
Lozenski served out the set — seven straight points. Bolen and Rockhold each had a kill while freshman Andrea Miller came up with a block. Miller’s tip over the net for a kill was the winning point.
“Our girls kicked the jitters at the end of the first set. We took what momentum we had then and applied it in the second set,” said Jessica Peters, ACCC head coach.
“Our crowd was out of control in that the students were into the match. Our girls fed off the crowd as we began to find ourselves on the court.”
The fourth set was much like the third. One point at a time. Neither team could break through the other team’s defense for a serving run until it was 18-17.
Rockhold was back serving and had three straight. The third point came on a kill by House, who had 14 of Allen County 46 kills on the night.
The Red Devils led 21-17 but the Red Ravens got three straight points. House delivered again to gain the serve back, not once but twice.
House’s next to last kill shot made it 24-21. Fields served and House rang up the kill when Coffeyville return the ball to Allen County’s side of the net.
Rockhold served for 14 points and had three aces. She also pounded down 13 kills in the match and had 24 defensive digs.
Lozenski was credited with 34 set assists along with 18 digs. She served nine points and had three service aces. She had five kills.
Misty Powelson, a sophomore libero, had 21 digs and served six points. Fields had six service points, three kills, three solo blocks and two assisted blocks.
Sophomore Brooke Bingham served up five points. House had one service point plus 24 digs and three assisted blocks along with her big hitting night.
Bolen had seven kills and one assisted block. Miller downed four kills, had one solo block and three assisted blocks at the net.
Allen County improved to 7-4 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.
The Red Devils travel to Highland this weekend for a tournament.
“We had a few service errors and are going do our part to fix some of those minor mistakes,” Peters said.