Volleyball Team Falls to Orange in Region 15 Playoffs Hawks finish runner-up in Mid-Hudson Conference
DATE: November 2, 2016
Volleyball Team Falls to Orange in Region 15 Playoffs
Hawks finish runner-up in Mid-Hudson Conference
The Women’s Volleyball team extended host Orange County CC to five sets before dropping a tight 3-2 decision in the Region 15 Tournament quarterfinals on October 27 in Middletown, NY. The set scores were 25-22, 26-28, 25-14, 24-26, 22-20. RCC entered as the No. 5 seed and SUNY Orange was No. 4.
Shannon Thomas, a freshman middle hitter out of North Rockland HS, led the Hawks with 12 kills, 12 digs and 8 blocks. Sara Hayward, a freshman setter from Suffern HS, recorded 22 assists and 10 digs, and sophomore middle hitter Kayla Roper, out of Tappan Zee HS, added 8 kills and 10 digs.
The Hawks, under Coach Erik Ellingsen, completed an impressive season of 12 wins and 10 losses and qualified for the regional tourney after missing out last year.
RCC also turned in a stellar performance in the inaugural Mid-Hudson Conference tournament, advancing to the championship match before bowing to top-seeded Orange County CC, 3 sets to 0. All three sets had identical scores of 25-21. The tournament was held on October 25 at SUNY Orange.
To reach the finals, No. 3-seeded RCC upset No. 2 seed Ulster CC, 3 sets to 0 in the semifinals. The set scores were 25-18, 25-18, 25-6. Thomas spearheaded the Hawks’ offensive attack and Hayward supplied effective two-way play.
RCC wound up finishing third in the conference during the regular season with an 8-5 record. The Mid-Hudson Conference comprises the community colleges from Rockland, Orange, Westchester, Ulster, Sullivan and Dutchess counties.
Region 15 Division III of the NJCAA encompasses 13 schools in the mid-Hudson, CUNY system and Long Island.
Thomas and Hayward also reaped post-season accolades, capturing spots on the 2016 Region 15 Division III All-Region team. Thomas, a first-team honoree, led the Hawks in kills, kills per set, blocks and total points. She previously earned Athlete of the Week laurels from the Mid-Hudson Conference for the week of October 10-16.
Hayward, who garnered an honorable mention berth, paced the Hawks in assists and aces and was second on the team in blocks.