The Dodge City Community College Conquistador volleyball team wrapped up the fourth seed in the NJCAA Region VI tournament Wednesday with a three-set victory in Colby. The Conqs improved to 21-17 overall and 5-6 in Jayhawk Conference play with the win.

    "It was an exciting night," said DCCC coach Shaun Pohlman. "We saw what needed to be done and got down to business."   


The Dodge City Community College Conquistador volleyball team wrapped up the fourth seed in the NJCAA Region VI tournament Wednesday with a three-set victory in Colby. The Conqs improved to 21-17 overall and 5-6 in Jayhawk Conference play with the win.
    "It was an exciting night," said DCCC coach Shaun Pohlman. "We saw what needed to be done and got down to business."   
    The scores of the match were 25-22, 25-22 and 25-19. The third set swung back and forth, with Colby building an early 9-5 lead, only see Dodge come back to build its own 19-14 lead.
    The Trojans quickly tied the final set at 19, prompting a Conq timeout, after which Pohlman's team rattled off the final six points of the match.
    "The girls were aware of their situation going into the game," Pohlman said. "They knew that if they won, they would take the fourth seed in the tournament, and they were able to play above that pressure. That's what we need to be doing this time of year."
    The Trojans fall to a 14-29 record on the year with a 2-10 mark in conference play.
    Team captain and Oct. 20-27 Jayhawk Div. 1 player of the week Janelle Burnett once again led the Conqs in kills, with 14, and also recorded 12 digs, two aces, two assists and a block against the Trojans. Right side/middle blocker Robin Somogyi added 12 more kills and ended the night with a .385 hitting efficiency.
    Somogyi also had 1.5 blocks, four digs, two aces and two assists. Setter Danika Lucyshyn assisted on 33 of the Conqs' points in the match, tying her second-highest total all season.
    Libero Megan Pierson led the Conqs defensively in digs, with 13, while Dodge-area products Jamisha Johnson and Mikaela Holsten each recorded six kills.
    By locking up the fourth seed in the regional tournament, the Conqs will host their first-round match against the Barton County CC Cougars. The date and time of the match has yet to be determined.
    The Conqs have split two matches with the Cougars so far this season, with each team winning on the opponent's floor. But before the Conqs host the Cougars, they will try to get their first win this season against the Seward County CC Saints Saturday in the final match of the regular season.
    The Saints have had the Conqs' number so far this season, winning all four matches between the two squads this year.
    "This is going to be a great preparation match for us," Pohlman said. "It'll be the best type of practice for us — a game situation. We've got to forget about the win and loss part of the game but make sure we are as sharp as we can be."
    Of the Barton County CC match, he said: "We lost sight last time we played them of how personal it was for them when we beat them on their court earlier this season. This time we won't overlook them. We won't make that same mistake twice."