VSN (admin) Published Sunday, November 21, 2021 – 6:00 PM
SALEM, Oregon – For the sixth consecutive season, the No.8-ranked Corban University volleyball team will return to Sioux City, Iowa, to compete among the best in the NAIA for the NAIA National Championship. The Warriors booked their ticket with a straight-set victory over Park University Gilbert, Ariz. On Saturday in front of a near-full crowd inside the CE Jeffers Sports Center.
“Hats off to Park Gilbert, they came to fight tonight!” says the head coach Kim mclain. “We sometimes struggled with our passing, which sometimes took us out of our normal attack a bit. I am proud of the courage of this team and its relentless fight on the field! This team set goals, articulated a vision, and I’m delighted to see them continue to write their story.”
CLICK HERE to learn more about McLain after the victory.
Corban took advantage of a few sloppy passes and serves from the visitors in the opening set, scoring a 25-20 win in the stanza to bring the Warrior crowd to life.
The second set was a whole different story, however, as Park Gilbert rebounded with vengeance. The Warriors won the first two points of the game, but the Buccaneers responded by clinching six in a row, leaping forward and building on that momentum to ultimately force a set point with a 24-21 advantage.
The resilient Warriors didn’t back down, despite having their backs against the wall, responded with a four-point run and ultimately finished the comeback with a relentless 27-25 victory in the second set.
CLICK HERE to watch an exciting second set highlight, where the Warriors rallied to tie the stanza at 24.
With all the momentum from the hometown squad side, Corban sailed into the third and final game, leading the wire-to-wire and making a return trip to the final NAIA site.
Rylee troutman put in an incredible performance in the triumph, scoring a record 22 kills (one of his career high) on a stellar 0.432 winning percentage. Avari Ridgeway was also noteworthy, ending the night with nine starts on an offensive .368 clip.
To watch Troutman’s post-match interview, CLICK HERE.
Turning into sensational digs after sensational digs, Kealani (Ontario) wowed the Warrior crowd with a number of crucial defensive plays in the win, ending the night with a game-high 15 digs.
Beginner Courtney garwood– who came in tonight after playing in 21 sets this fall – stepped up in the big game to produce 16 assists, teaming up with the base set-up Jadyn mullen (16 assists) to orchestrate Corban’s attack.
Cal-Pac Forward of the Year Amanda Jonovich spearheaded the Buccaneers’ offensive efforts in the loss, registering 14 kills on a 0.414 effective strike percentage.
Meanwhile, Corban’s magical season continues, and now she will step up to the NAIA’s biggest stage, something the Navy and Gold is no stranger to.
Corban (29-2) will now prepare for the final NAIA venue, with the group matches due to be announced Sunday at 5 p.m. CT on NAIA.org. The tournament will take place from November 30 to December 4 at the Tyson Events Center.
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