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Cougars Succeed at Regional Championships

(11/3/09) The volleyball team and men's soccer team won the NCCAA II regional tournaments, and they will be competing along with the women's soccer team in the NCCAA II national championship tournaments on November 12-16, 2009.

Women's Volleyball

The CCC Volleyball Team traveled to Kissimmee, Florida over the weekend to compete for their 17th NCCAA South Region Championship. Six regional teams participated in this year’s tournament hosted by Florida Christian College.

Heading into the tournament, CCC went undefeated in regional play during the regular season and secured the first seed. During pool play, the Cougars took the first match from the host school Florida Christian 25-8; 25-15; 25-7. During the second match of the first day CCC won over Piedmont Baptist College, 25-6; 25-9; 25-12. By going undefeated on day one, the Clearwater team had a bye in the first round of the single elimination tournament during the second day. In the semi-finals, the Cougars won in three straight sets over Toccoa Falls College, 25-9; 25-13; 25-16 placing them into the championship match with undefeated Trinity College of Florida. The Cougars won the championship match in three straight sets, 25-13; 25-14; 25-16.

Clearwater’s offense dominated throughout the tournament with outstanding set selection by junior setter Elisabeth Ennis. Freshman Richelle Bucklin, sophomore Emma Kile, and senior Alyssa Hallice combined had over 10 kills per game. The CCC defense dominated the match as well with some outstanding back row play by Chrissie Sugimoto and Amanda Ison. The four match sweep made Clearwater the 2009 South Regional Champions. This is the 17th time the Clearwater Volleyball Team has captured this title since joining the NCCAA II.

CCC senior, Ashley Lawson (who was not able to play over the weekend due to a back injury), was given an Honorable Mention for the All-Region honors. Senior Chrissie Sugimoto and junior Elisabeth Ennis were named to the Second Team All-Region Team, while Richelle Bucklin, Emma Kile, and Alyssa Hallice were all named to the First Team All-Region. For the third year in a row, Alyssa Hallice and Chrissie Sugimoto received the South Region’s Most Valuable Player and Libero of the Year for the South Region, respectively.

The Lady Cougars finish out their regular season play on Tuesday, November 4 against NAIA opponent, Webber International University. The game is at home and starts at 7:00 p.m. The team will then be traveling back to Kissimmee, Florida to compete in the NCCAA II National Tournament November 12-14, 2009.

Men's Soccer

The men's soccer team defeated Southeastern University 1-0 on Saturday night to win the NCCAA II South Region Championship in Lakeland, Florida. The Cougars were ranked #3 in the nation coming into the match, and the Fire were ranked #7. The game-winning goal came in the 40th minute of the first half when Carl Lassegue scored off a through ball from Tyler Spraul to put the Cougars in command.

Early in the match, the Cougar defense was tested as Southeastern played very direct, putting the Cougars under pressure as they looked to seize an early lead for the Fire. The Cougar defense, led by keeper Anthony DeRosse and defenders Matt Tewes, Jeff Crews, and Lucas Hollenbach, was up to the challenge and were able to keep the Fire away. Midway through the first half, the Cougars regained the momentum and began to open up the Fire’s defense and create opportunities to score. Near the end of the first half, the Cougars capitalized on a free kick for the game-winning goal.

The Cougars came out of halftime very motivated, putting the Fire under pressure, and intent on getting the 2nd goal to take control of the match. 10 minutes into the 2nd half, Juan Robayo found space behind the Southeastern defense and played a perfect ball across the goal mouth to Adam Stallings whose volley barely missed over the crossbar. The game continued to go back and forth from end to end as both teams continued to pressure the opponent’s goal. The Cougar defense showed why it has led the nation in goals per game as they continued to battle and kept the Fire at bay.

As the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard, the Cougar team and fans celebrated a hard-fought win and the South Region Championship. With the win, Clearwater improved their record to 13-1-3 and also earned an automatic bid to the NCCAA II National Tournament on November 12-16 in Kissimmee, Florida.

8 CCC players received All-Region awards at the tournament. Tyler Spraul was named South Region Player of the Year, joined by Anthony DeRosse, Juan Robayo, and Matt Tewes as 1st Team All Region members. Jeff Crews was named to the 2nd Team All-Region Team, while Bill Carlton, Drew Custer, and Adam Stallings were named Honorable Mention All-Region.

Women's Soccer

The Lady Cougars traveled to Lakeland for the regional championship game—a tough face off against rival Southeastern Fire, the number 1 ranked team in the country. Both defenses played very well and CCC goalie, Megan Dixon, made a few key saves in the first half to keep Southeastern off the board.

Seven minutes into the second half Southeastern scored to give them a 1-0 lead. The Fire built upon this opportunity and increased the lead to 3-0 in the 77th and 78th minutes of the game. The Lady Cougars couldn’t beat the Southeastern defense and the game ended in a 3-0 loss.

Andrea Dobbs, Anna Lufkin, and Lora Vaughn were named Team All Region and Andrea Williamson was named to the 2nd Team All Region. Coach Bates received the honor of Region Coach of the Year. Having won the at large bid for the National Tournament, the #7 ranked Lady Cougars will be in action again on Friday, November 13, at 12 p.m. against Baptist Bible College, in Kissimmee, in the first match of the NCCAA National Tournament.

Cougars Fans are invited to cheer for CCC at the National Championships to be held in Kissimmee, Florida on November 12-16. Please visit for a complete schedule of the National Championships.