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Cougars Fall in Final Match of SFCC Tournament
The CCC Cougars fall in final match of SFCC Tournament against Pasco Hernando Community College, who are currently ranked third in the nation in the latest NJCAA II polls. Clearwater knew they would have their work cut out going up against last year's NJCAA II National Champions. During the first set the Cougars lacked the defensive intensity needed against the strong offensive attack of PHCC, dropping the first set 16-25. Although during the second set, the Cougars again fell short, 22-25, the defensive system began to kick in with the CCC team recording 33 digs. Set three saw the lead change between the two teams several times and CCC finally took a set. In the final set, the Cougars had Pasco 23-21 but was unable to score the final two points, eventually losing 23-25.
Emma Kile and Richelle Bucklin led in kills with 18 and 17 respectively for the match while on the defensive end Kim Ponce had 21 digs, Amanda Ison had 19 kills, and Sarah Wild added 17 digs.
According to Coach Denny, "Although we really wanted to take this match, I am pleased with the total team effort against a really strong program. This past week we have been involved in some excellent competition and we finished our week 6-1. Although this final match did not result in another win, I believe we played well and have learned some positive things that will help us in the competitive matches ahead."
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