Four Pioneers Tabbed To All-Skyway Team [November 14, 2013]

The Prairie State College Athletic Department was pleased to learn Tuesday that after a season full of hard work and determination, four members of the school’s volleyball team were selected to the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Team.

Freshman middle blocker Briana Clark (Marian Catholic H.S.) and sophomore middle blocker Maya Topps (Crete-Monee H.S.) both earned their way onto the league’s first team, while sophomore outside hitter Brittany Frey (Crete-Monee H.S.) and freshman defensive specialist Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.) each made the second squad.

“I cannot say enough about Brittany, Maya, Breanna and Celeste,” said PSC head coach and Interim Director of Athletics, Jacque Hoak.  “I have seen each athlete grow into a dominate player in her own right and I am extremely proud of how far each one has come.  As for the future, I am excited to see what it has in store for them as they both have so much to offer both on and off the court.”

In 31 sets on the conference slate, Clark compiled 101 kills and eight blocks.  Topps, in 31 sets, hammered down 74 kills.  Garcia recorded 114 digs in league play while Frey delivered 83 kills.

“The one thing I can say is that all four girls played each set like it was her last and I think that says something about them as young women,” Hoak added. “The three players that are moving on will be sorely missed and I wish them the best of luck.  As for Celeste, I am looking forward to seeing her continue to grow and develop as a confident, defensive libero.”

Season Comes To A Close With Semifinal Exit [November 6, 2013]

Malta, IL --- The Prairie State College volleyball team entered Tuesday evening's NJCAA Region IV semifinal clash with national power Kishwaukee with hopes of playing the role of spoiler on its collective mind.

Unfortunately, those hopes weren't realized as the Pioneers fell in three sets to the Kougars.

PSC closed out the 2013 season with an overall record of 9-25.

Kishwaukee will now take on Moraine Valley, Saturday in the region title match.

The Pioneers were upended by final scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-15.

PSC was paced by strong efforts from sophomore middle blocker Maya Topps (Crete-Monee H.S.) and freshman middle blocker Briana Clark (Marian Catholic H.S.) each contributed six-kill efforts.

Sophomore setter Katie Welman (American School, Ind.) freshman setter Celeste Garcia (Bloom Trail H.S.) delivered a 13-dig, 13-assist performance in her final match as a Pioneer.