Kentner receives another volleyball award
The volleyball season is over, but what’s continuing is the handing out of awards to Kara Kentner.
Moraine Valley College’s sophomore standout was most recently chosen as a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Two-Year College All-America second team. Previous to this latest honor, Kentner received recognition as a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American first-teamer, All-Region IV performer and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.
Other postseason recognition came in the form of spots in on the NJCAA D-II Championship and ISCC all-tournament squads.
“We are incredibly proud of Kara being one of just four players in two-year college Division II volleyball to be named to the AVCA All-America team,” former Cyclones coach Gloria Coughlin said. “Kara is very deserving of this and all of the awards that she has received so far in her collegiate career. She is a dedicated student-athlete and the ultimate team player.
“She is one of those players that makes me sad that this is a two-year college, not a four-year [one].”
It was another tough weekend for the Cyclones, as they dropped two games in the South Suburban College Tournament.
Moraine opened play against Cincinnati State and Technical College and suffered an 83-62 setback on Friday. The score was tight early on, but the Cyclones were turning the ball over at an alarming rate and missing too many shots. Eventually, those shortcomings got Moraine in trouble and it trailed by 25 points at intermission.
The Cyclones did fight back and were within 11 points, but their deficit was too great to overcome fully. Maggie Yandel (Stagg) led Moraine with 17 points, while Sam Holler (Sandburg) and Katie McGann each chipped in 10.
On Saturday, some more sloppy play saddled the Cyclones with a 67-45 loss against Lansing Community College.
As happened on Friday, Moraine hung tough for a while and was down by only eight at halftime. The second half grew rocky for the Cyclones, however, as Lansing steadily pulled away. Moraine’s 30 percent shooting from the floor certainly did it no favors.
Holler was the Cyclones’ top player with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Jamilla Jones was aggressive on the boards with 10 rebounds, six of which were claimed on the offensive end, and Ashley Cunningham went 3-of-4 from the 3-point line.
The Cyclones put up a good fight last Friday in a home game versus Elmhurst College’s junior-varsity squad, but 12 missed free throws throughout the night contributed to a 63-58 loss.
Johnte Shannon paced Moraine with 24 points and three rebounds. Also chipping in for the Cyclones were Des’nique Harris (11 points, five rebounds) and Cameron Juillerat (seven points).