Cav teams gear up for fall sports

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For the college's sports team, building a sense of unity is integral to their victories on the field. Photo by Andrew Hartnett, The Campus Ledger.

Nell Gross

News Editor

ngross1@jccc.edu

Men’s Soccer

Although their first two games have resulted in a loss, the Cavaliers men’s soccer team hopes to come back and work their way into the national tournament.

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” said head coach Fatai Ayoade. “Hopefully there’s a big light at the end of the tunnel.”

The team has been picked to win the East Jayhawk conference, which they took fifth place in last year.

They have upcoming games in Illinois before they travel to Arkansas City, KS to play Cowley College. The next home game will be on Saturday, Sept. 24 against Allen Community College.

Volleyball

Starting off the 2016 season 3-1, the Cavaliers volleyball team is hoping to continue their already successful year.

Player Bree Schmidt was selected as the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) D-II Volleyball Player of the Week for the first week of the season.

With the goal of reaching the national tournament, the team also hopes to maintain high academic standards.

“Last year we had a high fall GPA of 3.76 that I would like to achieve again this fall and continue to grow as a team both on and off the court,” said head coach Jennifer Ei.

The team has upcoming games in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before they head to Coffeyville on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to play Coffeyville Community College.  

Women’s Soccer

After finishing second in their conference last year, the women’s soccer team hopes to continue towards their goal of going to nationals under head coach Jim Schwab. The team recently went 1-1 on their trip to Florida and played Kansas City Community College on Sept. 6.

They have upcoming games in Illinois. Their next home game will be on Sept. 24 and will be against Allen Community College.  

Women’s Cross Country

The women’s cross country team has high hopes as they head into the 2016 fall season. On Sept. 3 they participated in the Maple Leaf Invitational which was hosted by Baker University.

Compared to last year’s team which consisted of predominately freshmen, this years team is far more diverse.

“We’ve just got to see how these next few weeks go,” said head coach Mike Bloemker. “We structured our schedule this year because we think we could make a pretty good run at regionals or nationals.”

The JCCC Cavalier Cup will be held on campus on Sept. 9.  

Men’s Cross Country

The men’s cross country team competed in the 5K Maple Leaf Invitation on Sept. 3.

Like the women, the men’s team shares the goal of moving on to regionals and on up to nationals. In preparation for these high stakes meets, the teams will be competing in larger meets. Some of the upcoming meets include the Woody Greeno/Dirksen Invitational which will be hosted by the University of Nebraska on Sept. 17 and the Disney Cross Country Classic that will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the beginning of October.

“We’ve got a really nice mix of people,” said head coach Katherine Bloemker. “Everyone is here because they want to be here. They want to run fast and they all get along really well which makes it even easier.

They will compete in the JCCC Cavalier Cup on Sept. 9.

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