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Triton Clips Pioneers on “Sophomore Night” [October 24, 2014]

The Prairie State College volleyball team would have liked nothing more than to send its trio of sophomores out in style Thursday night at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Unfortunately, despite another all-out effort, the Pioneers were unable to get that done, falling to NJCAA Region IV foe Triton in straight sets on “Sophomore Night” in Chicago Heights.

With the setback, PSC fell to 2-22 on the campaign and 0-9 on its home court.

Prior to the match, the Prairie State honored its three outgoing sophomores (outside hitter Stephanie Asauskas, defensive specialist Breanna Tilley and libero Celeste Garcia) with a short ceremony at center court.

The Trojans bested the Pioneers by final tallies of 25-17, 25-22 and 26-24.

Despite the way that the three-set loss may have looked on the surface, PSC hung tough throughout both the second and third games respectively.

After dropping the initial set of the match, PSC engaged in a back-and-forth skirmish for the remainder of the tilt.

Trailing 19-16 late in Game 2, the Pioneers rallied back to within a point following a pair of consecutive kills from Asauskas (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.).

A host of Triton hitting miscues, coupled with a kill by freshman setter Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.) helped the Pioneers knot the set at 22-all just prior to Triton tallying a trio of points to close the set.

Game 3 followed the same script as its predecessor, this time with PSC clinging doggedly to an 11-7 advantage in the early going, thanks in part to three more kills from Asauskas and pair by freshman right side Kadesha Hamler (Crete-Monee H.S.).

Two rocket-like kills from freshman outside hitter Skylar Fuller (Bloom H.S.) left the Pioneers trailing by a single tally at 17-16.

Another Fuller kill, coupled with a Triton hitting error, tied the match and reinvigorated Thursday’s crowd at 23-all.

Asauskas gave PSC fans more reason to cheer two points later when she tied the game at 24 following another kill of her own.

Unfortunately for PSC, the Trojans posted the final two points of the set to claim the match.

Asauskas hammered down 11 kills for the match, complimenting her 11 digs as well.

Fuller (11 kills) and Hamler (5) also made strong contributions.

Lee registered 25 assists while Garcia added a team-high 15 digs.

The Pioneers will now open Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Tournament Quarterfinal action Tuesday at a still-to-be-determined site.

 

 

Pioneers Fall to Elgin [October 22, 2014]

The Prairie State College Volleyball team, despite a strong start, was unable to pull out a win in its Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference match against Elgin Tuesday evening at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Despite the loss, the Pioneers did take solace in the fact that they raised nearly $200.00 for the Susan G. Komen Cancer Research Foundation on their “Volley for a Cure” night.

PSC (2-22, 0-7) fell in straight sets by final scores of 23-35, 18-25, 7-25.

Prairie State fell behind 17-9 in Game 1, but rallied once the Spartans reached set point.

At 24-15, the Pioneers ripped off an impressive 8-0 run to pull to within 24-23, thanks in part to a host of Elgin hitting errors and some solid defense courtesy of PSC.

The Pioneers fell behind 4-1 early in the second set and eventually pulled to within 12-6, thanks in part to a kill from freshman right side Kadesha Hamler (Crete-Monee H.S.) and an ace by sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Asauskas (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.).

Another kill from Asauskas, coupled with a Spartans hitting error, pulled Prairie State to within 19-14 late.

PSC stepped off on the wrong foot early in Game 3, falling behind 5-0 and eventually 20-7.

The Pioneers were paced by Asauskas’ eight kills and three aces.

Sophomore libero Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.) added 15 digs while freshman setter Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.) added 20 assists.

The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they host Triton on “Sophomore Night” at the PSC Fieldhouse (6 p.m.).

 

Kankakee Drops Pioneers [October 16, 2014]

The Prairie State College volleyball team was unable to garner a win Thursday night as they took on NJCAA Region IV powerhouse Kankakee at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Prairie State (2-20) dropped the match by scores of 25-21, 25-18, 25-9.

The Pioneers were pace by four kills from sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Asauskas (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.).

Freshman setter Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.) posted 14 assists.

The Pioneers will be in action next on Tuesday when they take on Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Elgin (6 p.m.). Tuesday’s match will be “Breast Cancer Awareness Night” with all spectators being asked to make a five-dollar donation. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen breast Cancer Foundation.

 

Olivet Nazarene Clips Pioneers at Home [October 8, 2014]

The Prairie State College volleyball team turned in its typical hard-fought effort Wednesday night, but it just wasn’t enough as the Pioneers fell to the Olivet Nazarene University JV in straight sets at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Prairie State (2-16) dropped the match by final counts of 25-12, 25-13, 25-19.

The Pioneers picked up a match-high 14 digs from sophomore libero Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.). Freshman setter Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.) contributed 11 assists.

The Pioneers hung tough throughout the early going of Game 1, pulling to within 9-8 following a kill by freshman outside hitter Skylar Fuller (Bloom H.S.), (4 kills, 3 blocks) and 10-9, thanks to a kill by Garcia.

The Tigers closed out the set on an 8-0 run, however.

Olivet Nazarene raced out of the gates to a 10-4 advantage in Game 2 and never looked back.

The Pioneers made it interesting in the third set however, rallying late to pull to within 13-10, thanks to a kill by freshman middle hitter Kadesha Hamler (Crete-Monee H.S.).

The Pioneers didn’t go quietly in the end either, trimming what was a 24-15 advantage for the Tigers to 24-19 thanks to a combination block from Fuller and sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Asuaskas (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) coupled with an eventual solo block and kill by Fuller.

The Pioneers will see action next on Saturday when they travel to Dixon Illinois for the Sauk Valley Community College Triangular.

 

Olivet-Nazarene, Kankakee Knock Off Pioneers in Consecutive Nights [September 29, 2014]

KANKAKEE, Ill. --- The Prairie State College volleyball team dropped a pair of tough road matches Thursday and Friday evening, falling to both Olivet Nazarene University and Kankakee.

The Pioneers (1-9) fell to Olivet Nazarene by final scores of 25-11, 25-6, 25-17 on Thursday night before being upended by NJCAA Region IV power Kankakee in three sets (25-11, 25-6, 25-17) on Friday.

As always, the Pioneers picked up several strong efforts in both matches.

Against Olivet Nazarene the Pioneers were led by freshman setter Tiana Lee’s (Beecher H.S.) six assists.

In the Kankakee contest, the Pioneers were paced by sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Asauskas’ four kills.

PSC will see action next on Tuesday when they travel to Crystal Lake for a road date against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe McHenry.

 

Rival Cyclones Knock off PSC in Three [September 25, 2014]

Despite putting forth another strong effort, the Prairie State College volleyball team fell in three sets to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Moraine Valley Tuesday night at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The Cyclones knocked off the Pioneers by final counts of 25-18, 25-16, 25-11.

With the setback, the Pioneers fell to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in Skyway play.

After a hard-fought opening set, PSC pulled to within three points of the Cyclones at 11-8 early in Game 2 thanks to a kill from freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Kacich (Crete-Monee H.S.).

The Pioneers fell behind early in Game 3, digging themselves a 5-0 hole and never recovered, eventually being outscored 4-0 down the stretch.

Despite the setback, the Pioneers did pick up several strong individual showings as freshman setter Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.) delivered a match-high 24 assists.

The Pioneers will hit the floor next on Wednesday when they travel to Olivet-Nazarene University.

 

Joliet Bests Pioneers at Home [September 19, 2014]

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Celeste Garcia recorded 11 digs
Thursday night.

Despite another strong, all-out effort, the Prairie State College volleyball team fell to NJCAA Region IV foe Joliet Thursday evening at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The Wolves downed PSC in three sets by final scores of 25-12, 25-20, 25-10.

With the setback, Prairie State fell to 1-6 overall.

The Pioneers picked up an 11-dig showing from sophomore libero Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.). Freshman setter Tiana Lee (Beecher H.S.) also performed well, dishing out 11 assists.

PSC hung tough throughout the early portion of the opening set, trailing just 10-9 before the Wolves erupted on a 10-1 run to effectively put the game away.

The Pioneers most inspired effort of the match came in Game 2, the Pioneers raced out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, thanks in part to a pair of Joliet hitting errors and a kill and ace by Lee.

Joliet eventually evened the game at 8, before taking a 15-8 advantage. PSC cut the advantage to 15-11, courtesy of a block from freshman middle hitter Kadesha Hamler (Crete-Monee H.S.) and kill by freshman outside hitter MacKenzie Kacich (Crete-Monee H.S.).

A Kacich ace cut the Joliet lead to 18-16. A Joliet service error made it 24-20, before the Wolves closed out the match following a kill of their own.

The Pioneers will take to the floor next on Tuesday when they host Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Moraine Valley at the PSC Fieldhouse.

 

 

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

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Freshman Tiana Lee registered 12 
Assists Tuesday night.


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]

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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]

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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 ckuchta@prairiestate.edu ).

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.)