Monday, November 7, 2011

Phoenix College Volleyballers Capture Region I Championship

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 7, 2011) -- The Phoenix College volleyball team earned a trip to the NJCAA tournament after defeating Chandler-Gilbert Community College in the Region I title match on Saturday, Nov. 5 at PC’s North Gym.

The Lady Bears defeated CGCC in four games to become the Region I tournament champions. The team’s run to the title included defeating South Mountain Community College in five games on Thursday and turning back Scottsdale Community College in three games on Friday.

It took two matches against Chandler-Gilbert CC to earn the championship in the double-elimination tournament. The Bears lost the first match to the runners-up in the 4 p.m. contest on Saturday, but stormed back to win the 7 p.m. match and the championship.

“They are a very determined group that set strong goals and have worked very hard to hit those goals as a group,” said PC Head Volleyball Coach Amanda Liebermann. “We have a nice cohesiveness as a team.”

The Bears were led by Ally Kohlhase, an opposite hitter who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

“She has been our top attacker and one of our top point producers all year,” said Coach Liebermann, who is in her fourth year.

The Region 1 tournament was hosted by Phoenix College after the Bears finished atop their conference. Coach Liebermann credited a strong home crowd with helping energize her players.

“The atmosphere here was tremendous,” she said. “It was awesome to have that kind of support.”

The Bears will now travel to Toledo, Ohio for the Nov. 17 start of the NJCAA tournament. The tournament is being held at Owens Community College Nov. 17-19. The Bears are still waiting to see who their opponent will be in the opening match.

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