Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Recaps

Golden Eagles Volleyball
Tuesday, 9/17/13 vs Triton College

Whitney TrosperSophomore, Whitney Trosper has been a part of a lot of success in her time at RVC, but never has she put together a personal performance like she did last night.

The 5' 9 Byron, IL product lit up the stat page in last night's contest with visiting Triton College posting a match-high 9 kills and more impressively earning those kills with a hitting efficiency of .727.

Trosper also added in a match-high 7 service aces combining with her kills to provide another match-high with 16 total points.

"We had to take Whitney off the outside pin tonight and put her back in the middle," Coach Kyle Shondell said, "and she did a great job of adjusting to the role and really shined for us."

The Golden Eagles accumulated a season-high 13 service aces against the Trojans.

"When focused on, we are probably about as good of a serving team as anybody in the country," Shondell said.

The win keeps Rock Valley in 2nd place in the N4C with a 4-1 conference record and brings them back to .500 overall at 9-9.

RVC will play the College of DuPage Thursday night in the PEC.

Thursday, 9/12 vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College

In a match that had Rock Valley Volleyball looking to separate themselves from the conference pack and climb closer to N4C leader, Madison College, they were able to just that; and in convincing fashion as they swept Milwaukee Area Tech College 3-0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-7)

Tonight's matchup was head coach, Kyle Shondell's first against the Stormers leaving him little to expect.

"I had seen their scores coming into our match and they were a bit inconsistent," Shondell said, "so honestly I wasn't completely sure what to expect."

At times, Shondell's ball club (8-5, 3-1) seemed in complete control of the match, but at other times, they were pushed to the brink.

After a 25-9 loss in the first set, Milwaukee (0-8, 0-3) stormed out of the gates in Set 2 and showed no signs of letting up as they vaulted themselves all the way out to a late 17-15 lead.

"They're in the early stages of building a program and at times that leaves you with a lot to be desired," Shondell noted, "but when done right, there are times – like tonight – that you are able to battle and give teams all they want; that's what Milwaukee did tonight."

After regaining momentum and control on the serve of Sophomore, Whitney Trosper, RVC utilized a 7-0 run to turn the tide into a 22-17 Golden Eagle lead and never looked back.

Abby-ComptonThe third set saw a more determined home team as they controlled the set, largely from the service line, from start to finish.

Rock Valley shined offensively throughout the match posting a season-best .411 team attacking percentage. The Golden Eagles were led offensively by Freshman, Abby Compton's 8 kills and .583 attacking percentage and Freshman, Alyssa Sanders' 7 kills and .636 attacking clip.

RVC continued their recent defensive trend at the net by out-blocking the Stormers 10-1, led by Sanders' 3 solo blocks and 4 block assists.

"I was very happy with the effort our middles put out tonight, they were dominant defensively and highly-efficient on offense," a seemingly pleased Shondell said.

Rock Valley maintains alone in second place in the N4C, a game behind 1st place Madison, with four straight home conference matches over the next two weeks.

 
Tuesday, 9/10/13 vs Joliet Junior College

In front of one of RVC Volleyball's best fan turnouts in years, the Golden Eagles took on the Joliet Junior College team that held on to a share of 2nd in the N4C with them.

Energized by the rowdy fan base, RVC put together an impressive 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 25-15 four-set victory.

While the team attacking percentage of .323 is stout, it was the team's defensive efforts that shined Tuesday night.

They out-blocked Joliet 14-3 and held the visiting Wolves to a very limited .066 attacking percentage. Numbers that head coach, Kyle Shondell was very happy with.

"Any time you out-block a team by 11 and hold them to under .100 in attacking percentage," Shondell noted, "you have to feel really good about the way you defended."

Tara-WogomonLed by Sophomore, Tara Wogomon's 21, Rock Valley scooped up 44 total team digs.

On the offensive side, RVC was led by Sophomore, Jen Catterson who tallied 14 kills on a .345 attacking percentage, followed up by Freshman, Abby Compton's 8 kills and .538 attacking percentage, and Freshman, Christianna Blain's 5 kills and .454 hitting clip.

"I really liked the way our setters distributed the offense tonight," said Shondell, "they did a great job of understanding both sides of the net and allowing our attackers to be successful."

RVC moves to 7-5 on the season and 2-1 in the N4C.

The Golden Eagles are back in action Thursday night as they take on Milwaukee at 6 pm.

Saturday, 8/31/13 at South Suburban Tournament

The last weekend of August saw a young Golden Eagles volleyball team travel to South Holland to compete in the South Suburban College Tournament. Playing all DII competition, a 2-2 match record with wins over Morton and Prairie State and another third place finish is a solid wrap to a good first month of competition. Losses to Kankakee and host South Suburban forced RVC to leave with a 3rd Place finish.

"There were certainly some clear areas of improvement today," Coach Shondell remarked, "but we are starting to develop a good thing."

Christianna-BlainBright spots for the Golden Eagles included the breakout day for freshman Christianna Blain who charted 16 kills on the day while hitting .385 with 3.5 blocks, and freshman Alyssa Sanders who also had 16 kills on the day while hitting .327 and netting 9 blocks.

There will be 10 days between matches for Rock Valley as they take the court next in the home opener with Joliet College on September 10th. A stretch that Shondell says will be crucial.

"Periods like this require a great amount of patience and drive, but can be so beneficial to the overall improvement of the team."

The Golden Eagles do host Joliet and Milwaukee next week at home, and travel to Kankakee next Saturday.

Thursday, 8/29 at Madison College

RVC Volleyball looked at Thursday night's match at No. 1 Madison College as an opportunity to avenge both of last year's losses to the Wolfpack. Madison likely saw it as a statement game with the defending NJCAA DIII National Champion coming to their gym for their first time as number 1. Both motivations proved to provide a high level of intensity and volleyball inside the H. Douglas Redsten Gymnasium Thursday night.

"They are a very good, put-together team," head coach, Kyle Shondell noted, "but we were able to battle with just about everything they had."

The Golden Eagles used a mid-set run to turn an 8-12 deficit into an 18-16 lead; from that point RVC appeared to be in control. "We had a good amount of momentum toward the end of Set 1, but give (Madison) all the credit in the world, they hung in there and turned away all five of our set points."

The 1st set ended with three straight points for the home team and a 27-29 loss for Rock Valley.

Using that shifted momentum, the Wolfpack were able to control the second set from start to finish including leads of 7 and 8 en route to a 25-19 victory.

"Going into the third set, we knew something needed to change, whether it was our mentality, our lineup, or something else," Shondell noted, "we needed a change."

Caitlyn-SchmelzerA change is what they got by placing the reigns of the offense in the hands of Freshman, Caitlyn Schmelzer while rotating the rest of the lineup around. "We wanted to give ourselves a few more offensive opportunities, and for us that meant putting Hannah (Stanley) on the outside and trying to find a consistent pace for our attackers."

The new recipe seemed to be the ticket as the Golden Eagles controlled the 3rd set early and launched out to an 18-15 lead. But as was the case all night, it was Madison's serving that was able to give them their opportunity to regain control of the match.

A few service runs by the Wolfpack put them in the driver's seat and they never looked back finishing Set 3 on a 10-3 run and closing out the match handing Rock Valley a 21-25 loss.

The 0-3 loss marks the first time RVC has been swept in straight sets this year and moves them to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the N4C. They hit the boards again Saturday at South Suburban College in the 2013 Bulldog Volleyball Invite.

Tuesday, 8/27/13 at Harper College

It was the first match of conference season for RVC Volleyball and it was upsetting only in the best of ways. The unranked Golden Eagles went on the road to 6th ranked Harper College and came away with a 3-1 (25-15, 24-26, 25-18, 25-17) upset victory.

RVC (4-2, 1-0) utilized a defensive effort including 8.5 team blocks and 53 team digs. They were led defensively again by sophomore, Tara Wogomon. Wogomon (Winnebago HS) reeled in 28 digs over the 4-set match bringing up her season digs/set average to an impressive 5.4.

Hannah-StanleyOffensively, Rock Valley was led by Hannah Stanley. Stanley (Guilford HS) finished the night with 15 kills and an astounding .500 attacking percentage. Also strong for the Eagles offensively were Jen Catterson (9 kills, .287) and Alyssa Sanders (5 kills, .556).

The first set started hot for the 6th ranked team in America, as Harper scored 3 of the match's first 4 points and a back and forth point score over the next few rallies. However, it was an 8 point service run by Wogomon that turned the tide for RVC and gave them a 13-5 lead, a margin they would not relinquish the rest of the set cruising to a 25-15 win.

The second started in similar fashion with the home Hawks controlling the set early. RVC first tied the match up at 14, but a Golden Eagle service error and a Harper kill pushed the deficit back to 2 and it remained there until RVC knotted it back up at 24 before another Harper kill and an RVC blocking error closed the set out as a 24-26 loss.

Sets 3 and 4 were mirror images of each other. An array of Navy and Gold offense kickstarted both sets and advanced them to early 5 point leads in both. A mid-set fight by Harper tightened both sets to 3 before the road Eagles made final pushes to finish the 3rd at 25-18 and the 4th at 25-17.

Rock Valley is back in action Thursday night at Madison College; the Wolfpack are currently ranked 1st in NJCAA DIII.

Saturday, 8/24/13 at Black Hawk College Tournament

Jen-CattersonRock Valley College volleyball traveled to Black Hawk College and came away with two more victories and a third-place tournament finish. The Golden Eagles earned victories over Elgin and Black Hawk College,while falling to Waubonsee and Sauk Valley. RVC used a balanced attack led by Sophomore, Jen Catterson who finished up averaging 3 kills/set and hitting at. 245 clip. Also hot offensively for the Golden Eagles were sophomore Hannah Stanley who finished averaging 2.1 k/set and hitting at a .345 clip along with freshman Christi Blain who finished averaging 2.3 k/set and hitting .550. The team was led defensively by Sophomore, Tara Wogomon averaging 4.6 digs/set.

RVC moved to 3-2 on the year with all matches against NJCAA DII competition. The Golden Eagles return to the floor Tuesday night on the road at 6th ranked Harper College.