Riverhawk Season Concludes With District Tournament Loss

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The Details

Pioneers Hosts 2018 NJCAA DIII District I/J Tournament

       Butler County Community College – Butler, PA

Tournament Set-Up:

            The District I/J Tournament was fashioned as a dual-court, two-bracket format over two days. Qualifying teams consisted of Region Champions and Region Runner-Up from Region X, Region XII, and Region XX. 

Day 1 

            Court 1

            Region XX Winner (Butler) vs. Region X Runner-Up (Patrick Henry CC)

            Patrick Henry CC vs. Region XII Runner-Up (Lorain County CC)

            Butler County CC vs. Lorain County CC

            Court 2

            Region XII Winner (Owens CC) vs. Region XX Runner-Up (AACC)

            Region X Winner (Sandhills CC) vs. AACC

            Owens CC vs. Sandhills CC

Day 2

            Court 1 – Semi-Final 1

            Day 1 Court 1 Winner vs. Day 1 Court 2 Runner-Up

            Court 2 – Semi-Final 2

            Day 1 Court 2 Winner vs. Day 1 Court 1 Runner-Up

            Championship Match

            Winner Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner Semi-Final 2

Riverhawk Final Scores:

                          Match 1: Riverhawks 0

                                          Owens Community College Express 3

                                    Set 1:  25-11 (OCC)

                                    Set 2:  25-9 (OCC)

                                    Set 3:  25-18 (OCC)           

                          Box Score: Found here

The Riverhawks would open the District tournament with quite the match-up; facing the 33-6 Express from Owens Community College. As the Region XII Champions, the Express put the pressure on the Riverhawks early – winning the first two sets against AACC with large margins. Aggressive in their effort, the Riverhawks were able to adjust well against their dominant opponent during the third set - in hopes to extend the match. Despite the strong improvement of the must-win set, the Riverhawks would fall 25-18, earning the Express the 3-0 match victory.

Sylvia Frye (Severn, MD/Glen Burnie) would finish with 7 kills and 2 digs for the match, Brittney Guy (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) with 5 kills and 7 digs, Kathryn Hawes (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) had 11 assists with her 2 kills and 3 digs, and Serena Hochmuth (Bowie, MD/Eleanor Roosevelt) had 10 digs.

                          Match 1: Riverhawks 0

                                          Sandhills Community College Flyers 3

                                    Set 1:  25-7 (SCC)

                                    Set 2:  25-15 (SCC)

                                    Set 3:  25-18 (SCC)           

                          Box Score:Found here

Intense competition would directly follow for the Riverhawks, facing the Region X Champion Flyers of Sandhills Community College. In addition to their Region X Championship win, the Flyers entered the tournament with an overall record of 24-3. Making a statement for their first match of the tournament, the Flyers defeated the Riverhawks 25-7 in the opening set. Adjusting to their new opponents, AACC responded with an improvement for the second set, but still fell, 25-15, to the Flyers. Unable to extend the match further, the Riverhawks dropped the must-win third set, 25-18. Brittney Guy (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) would finish with 7 kills and 9 digs, Sylvia Frye (Severn, MD/Glen Burnie) and Tara Gabrielsen (Pasadena, MD/Chesapeake) each finished with 2 kills as Frye had 7 digs and Gabrielsen had 4 digs. Kathryn Hawes (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) had 11 assists with her 3 kills and 3 digs, and Serena Hochmuth (Bowie, MD/Eleanor Roosevelt) had 9 digs.

Without losing a single set during the tournament, Owens Community College Express would win the 2018 NJCAA DIII District I/J Championship, advancing them to the National Championship Tournament.

Up Next

            The Riverhawks' season concludes with their losses in the District tournament. Post-season accolades have yet to be announced, but with some impressive Riverhawk performances during the year – AACC is suspected to be well-represented among the honored.

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