PSC Suffers Conference Setback at Morton [September 16, 2014]

CICERO, Ill. --- On the heels of a solid first win of the 2014 campaign at Malcolm X last week, the Prairie State College volleyball team was hoping to continue its winning ways with a triumph over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Morton on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, that never happened as the Pioneers fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in league action, following a three-set loss to the Panthers in Cicero.

PSC dropped the match by final scores of 25-11, 25-10, 25-6.

Despite the setback, the Pioneers did pick up several strong performances.

Sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Asauskas (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), turned in a fine effort, totaling six kills and four digs.

Sophomore defensive specialist Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.) picked up seven kills while freshman setter Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.) added 12 assists.

The Pioneers will see action again on Thursday when they host Joliet at the PSC Fieldhouse (6 p.m.).


Pioneers Garner First Win of the Campaign [September 11, 2014]

CHICAGO, Ill. --- The first victory of the Ashley Ottmann era at Prairie State College couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Pioneers, who entered Thursday night’s NJCAA Region IV tilt with Malcolm X with an overall record of 0-4 were in desperate need of garnering the season’s first triumph, especially in the wake of a disheartening four-set loss at home to Lake County Tuesday.

That win came to fruition as the Pioneers knocked off Malcolm X in four games by final scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-8 on Chicago’s West Side.

“We started off a little slow,” Ottmann said of her first collegiate win. “All four games tonight really should have been like our second game. I feel great about the win though and we know there’s many more of them (wins) to come.

“We also know that we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us still.”

PSC (1-4) picked up several strong individual efforts throughout the match as sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Asauskas (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) contributed a well-rounded 11-kill, 11-dig effort.

Sophomore libero Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.) chipped in a team-high 13 digs.

Freshmen outside hitter MacKenzie Kacich (Crete-Monee H.S.) and Skylar Fuller (Bloom H.S.) each contributed eight kills apiece as well.

Sophomore defensive specialist Breanna Tilley (Marian Catholic H.S.) turned in a nine-dig effort.

The Pioneers will be in action next on Tuesday when they travel to Cicero for a road date with Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Morton (first serve 6 p.m.).

PSC Drops Heart-Breaker in Home-Opener [September 9, 2014]

Stephanie Asauskas led the Pioneers
with 12 kills Tuesday night.

The Prairie State College volleyball team turned in its most impressive, inspired and hard-fought effort of the young campaign Tuesday evening, but it just wasn’t enough.

The Pioneers (0-4, 0-1) dropped their Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opener to Lake County by final counts of 26-24, 26-24, 25-22, 21-25 at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The match was also the home opener for PSC.

Despite the setback, the Pioneers picked up several outstanding performances.

Leading the way for PSC was newly-acquired freshman outside hitter MacKenzie Kacich (Crete-Monee H.S.).

Kacich paced the Pioneers with 17 kills on 27 attack attempts.

Sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Asauskas (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) also played well, hammering down 12 kills, while picking up 14 digs.

Sophomore libero Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.) chipped in 26 digs and a pair of aces.

The Pioneers hung tough throughout Game 1 and took a15-14 lead thanks in part to a Lake County hitting error.

A Kacich kill tied the set at 22 late, but the Lancers proved to be too much in the end.

The Pioneers again took a late lead in Game 2 as well, staking a claim to a 23-20 advantage, courtesy of an Asauskas kill and an ace by freshman setter Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.). Unfortunately, Lake County closed out the Pioneers once again in the end.

The third contest witnessed the Pioneers claim their first set-win of the campaign.

The Pioneers took a 14-8 lead, courtesy of kills by Kacich, sophomore defensive specialist Breana Tilley (Marian Catholic H.S.), an ace by Garcia and another kill by freshman outside hitter Skylar Fuller (Bloom H.S.).

Lake County eventually stormed back to tie the set at 20, eventually took a 22-20 lead, but this time PSC persevered , closing out the game on a 5-0 run, highlighted by a kill from Asauskas.

The Pioneers got off to a rough start in Game 4, falling behind 4-0 and never fully recovered.

The Pioneers did cut the lead to 20-18 late, thanks to a kill by Lee.

PSC will see action again on Thursday when the Pioneers travel to Chicago for a road date against Malcolm X.


Pioneers Stumble at Ancilla in Season-Opener [August 27, 2014]

Celeste Garcia contributed four
assists and three digs for the
Pioneers Wednesday.

PLYMOUTH, Ind. --- The old adage, “It’s not about where you start, but where you finish,” could very well have been applied to the Prairie State College volleyball team Wednesday night.

The Pioneers were tripped up by host Ancilla by scores of 25-6, 25-9, 25-9 in the season-opener for both squads.

PSC (0-1) picked up a solid effort from sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Asauskas (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.). The 5-foot-7 Asauskas registered a team-high 10 digs and five kills. She also contributed a pair of block assists.

Sophomore defensive specialist Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.) added a quartet of blocks and trio of digs.

The Pioneers will hit the court next on Saturday when they travel to Moraine Valley for a quadrangular match.


PSC Women's Volleyball Team Seeks Experienced Players [August 5, 2014]

The Prairie State College women's volleyball team is seeking experienced players to compete on its 2014 squad.

 Interested parties should contact head coach Ashley Ottmann through Prairie State College Coordinator of Sports Information, Chris Kuchta (708-709-3950 or ).

In order to compete as a member of the PSC women's volleyball team, a potential player must be enrolled full-time at the college (minimum of 12 semester hours) and have a physical on file with the athletic department.


2014 Volleyball Letters of Intent Signees

The following student-athletes have signed NJCAA letters of intent to continue their academic and volleyball careers at Prairie State College beginning in the Fall 2014 semester:

  • Kadesha Hamler (Crete-Monee H.S.)
  • Meghan McGuire (Lincoln-Way West H.S.)
  • Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.)
  • MacKenzie Kacich (Crete-Monee H.S.)