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Loaded Final Four Set at NJCAA D-II Volleyball Nationals
 November 21, 2013

The top four ranked teams, both in the nation and in national tournament seeding, have advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II National Tournament, which is being held at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.

In the first round of quarterfinals, No. 3 Johnson County Community College (30-6) defeated No. 11 Des Moines Area Community College 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 to become the first semifinal team. Des Moines Area had upset No. 6 Glendale 27-29, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-13 earlier in the day. Johnson County has won four straight matches - all in the postseason.

Des Moines Area will take on #10 Grand Rapids Community College (the defending national champion) at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the consolation bracket.

In the second quarterfinal, No. 2 Parkland College (51-2) defeated Grand Rapids Community College to assure a new national champion. Parkland avenged a five set loss to GRCC in last year's national semifinal and a five set loss to GRCC earlier this season. The Cobras have now won 38 straight matches.

No. 3 Johnson County will take on No. 2 Parkland College tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. in the national semifinals.

In the third quarterfinal, No. 4 Oakland Community College (36-2) defeated Southwestern Community College 25-22, 25-21, 25-14.  Oakland has now won five straight.

In the final quarterfinal, No. 1 Cowley County (33-4) defeated Central Community College 25-14, 26-24, 25-21. Cowley has now won 12 straight.

No. 1 Cowley County will take on No. 4 Oakland Community College at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night in the other national semifinal, while Central will take on Southwestern at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the consolation bracket.

The winner of each semifinal will meet in the national championship game at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Here is a full list of all results today:

Thursday Nov. 21

9 a.m.
Match 1 - #3 Johnson County d. #14 Hagerstown 25-16, 25-9, 25-14
Match 2 - #11 Des Moines Area d. #6 Glendale 27-29, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-13

11 a.m.
Match 3 - #10 Grand Rapids d. #7 Catawba Valley 21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11
Match 4 - #2 Parkland d. #15 Moraine Valley 25-15, 25-18, 25-20

1 p.m.
Match 5 - #1 Cowley County d. #16 East Central 25-13, 25-11, 25-10
Match 6 - #9 Central CC d. #8 Monroe College 25-22, 25-19, 25-23

3 p.m.
Match 7 - #12 Southwestern d. #5 Illinois Central 26-24, 25-23, 25-21
Match 8 - #4 Oakland d. #13 South Suburban 25-15, 25-19, 25-21

5:30 p.m.
Match 9 - #3 Johnson County d. #11 Des Moines Area 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19
Match 10 - #2 Parkland College d. #10 Grand Rapids 16-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-13

7:30 p.m.
Match 11 - #1 Cowley County d. #9 Central CC 25-14, 26-24, 25-21
Match 12 - #4 Oakland d. #12 Southwestern 25-22, 25-21, 25-14





























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