The North Central Texas College volleyball team had to overcome a lot of adversity this season en route to their first conference championship since 2005, but they couldn’t overcome a rash of injuries in the final week of the season.
NCTC saw their season come to an end Monday in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region V North Tournament in Denton. The Lady Lions, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, fell to No. 4 seed Temple College 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 14-25.
North Central was without sophomore starters Madison Williamson and Shawnta Knox, who both suffered injuries in the Lions’ next-to-last match of the season against Vernon College. The duo accounted for 459 kills and were top four on the team in three different offensive categories this season. Add that to the other injuries the team had to deal with this year. Sophomore middle blocker Sam Flippen only played two matches before injuring her shoulder. Sophomore Emerald Rosenbusch missed more than two weeks of action with an injured foot.
It was also an emotional season for the Lady Lions. Back on Sept. 26, four NCTC softball players were killed in a bus accident in Oklahoma. The volleyball team had to cancel or postpone several matches during the week after the accident so that they players could attend the funerals of their friends and classmates.
Despite all the setbacks and obstacles, the Lady Lions still finished with a record of 26-9 overall and 11-1 in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference.
NCTC head coach Angie Bullard will have to replace nine important sophomores who all contributed this season. The group includes Cristina Llorens, Callie Tuckness, Sam Flippen, Rebecca Dauenhauer, Emerald Rosenbusch, Kelsie Coplen, Madison Williamson, Shawnta Knox and Morgan Reese.
Tryouts for the 2015 team will be held on Sunday, Nov. 30. The tryouts will take place at Lions Fieldhouse on the NCTC Gainesville campus from 1 to 3 p.m. The gym will open at noon.
For more information and to register, contact Coach Bullard at 940-668-3347 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.