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Lady Cougars Win Regionals


(11/1/09) 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.

Clearwater went undefeated in regional play during the regular season to secure the first seed heading into the tournament. 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. Playing in the semi-finals, the Cougars again 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 with 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.

Clearwater 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. Alyssa was also named the South Region’s Most Valuable Player for the third year in a row, and Chrissie was the region’s Libero of the Year for the third straight time.

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.