Kansas City Kansas Community College got its Jayhawk Conference season off to an impressive start Wednesday by shooting down Cloud County 3-2 it the conference opener.
The Lady Blue Devils, who are now 3-1, took command early with 25-12 and 25-14 wins. Cloud rallied for a 25-22 third set win before KCKCC closed out the contest with a solid 25-15 win.
"Truly a team win," said KCKCC Coach Mary Bruno-Ballou. "Everyone played excellent volleyball and it was great to have sophomores Yvette Tamez and Randi Johnson back in the lineup. Cloud is a very, very good team with excellent hitters but we were able to play very clean volleyball and minimize our errors. Very proud of our team effort."
The Blue Devils now take to the road for the first time this season, playing Friday and Saturday in the seven-state Jimmy John's Invitational hosted by Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. The Blue Devils will play Southeastern in the tournament opener Friday at 10 a.m. and then take on North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) at 2 p.m. On Saturday, KCKCC will play Macomb Mich.) at 8 a.m. and Iowa Lakes at 10 a.m.
Other teams in the tourney are Carl Sandburg College and John Wood, both Illinois teams; East Central Missouri; Nassau (New York); and Hawkeye Community College out of Waterloo, Iowa.