FROM THE PRESIDENT Welcome Kankakee Community College student athletes, parents, and Cavalier fans! On behalf of the KCC Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and Cavalier Nation, I’d like to welcome you to another exciting and rewarding year at KCC. Last year, KCC continued its winning ways by sending three teams to represent the outstanding values the college at NJCAA National Tournaments. Women’s basketball finished fourth in the nation, and softball finished in seventh place. The baseball squad earned a record number of wins and brought home the Division II National Championship! What a great year for our Cavaliers! We are also very proud that 15 KCC student-athletes were named to NJCAA All-Academic teams for the 2016-17 year. It is a particular point of honor for me to share the role KCC plays in the overall growth of our student athletes and how our teams represent our outstanding institution during and after competing. Our coaches stress—and our athletes understand—the importance of education and character development. That’s why KCC produces graduates and All-Americans along with our nationally competitive teams. It is my firm belief that education is the key to all of life’s
successes, and we all remain committed to our mission to develop leaders. Once the cheers and accolades have subsided, what remains for our athletes is the understanding of commitment, goal setting, teamwork and determination. When they channel these characteristics into their educations, careers and personal goals, the results from these athletes will amaze us all. Knowing they lay the foundation for these triumphs, I would like to specifically thank the parents of our athletes, their coaches and Cavalier Club members for supporting our athletic teams. Please join me, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and all Cavaliers’ fans in wishing our teams and coaches success this year. I invite everyone to come out and watch our teams compete. Go Cavs!
John Avendano, Ph.D. President
2018 SEASON PREVIEW The Kankakee Community College volleyball team enters a new season with a group of three returners and eight new players joining the program. Overall, the Lady Cavaliers have a new team and new opportunities to rise above and compete this season. “I have no concerns about having a team that is mainly freshmen. I feel that the sophomores will be able to follow along with everyone else or lead accordingly,” stated Head Coach Stephenee Yancy. Yancy is in her second season as head coach of the KCC volleyball team. She is joined in coaching by Alexa Wood. Woods is a KCC Volleyball Alumni and brings a different coaching perspective to the team. “I was nervous at first with this being my first-year coaching. Now that we have started, I am much more comfortable and confident in leading the girls. I think I bring a lot of explanation to our team. When the girls ask a question, I can not only answer it but also break it down further if needed,” stated Woods. She continued, “My goals for this season are that I want the girls to fight for every game. I also want them to progressively get better. Overall, I want us to have a good region record as well as a good overall record.” The three returning sophomores have great experience and prove to be key components to the team. Kassidi Burton, Jessica Schindler, and Kaylee Spegal lead the team in experience.
One of KCC’s strengths will be its back row. Jenna Marion, Andela Spasojevic, and Kloe Longtin provide solid defense and serve receive. “Our defense has come a long way since the first day of practice. We’ve made huge improvements. Now it is just fine-tuning things and changing our defense based on our opponent. I want our back row to eat everything. Other teams should have to work extra hard to put the ball down because our back row is picking everything up,” added Coach Woods. The Cavaliers offense will also be a force to reckon with. Joining Burton on the outside is Alyssa Rodriguez. She is a great asset to have on the outside. Lanie Wilcox joins Schindler as a middle hitter. They keep the defending teams defense on their toes with hard hits, tips, and off-speed shots. As for right side hitters, Kyla Glover takes the spot and makes it her own. Ashley Harwood is a versatile player who can play any position she is put in. “I think it is great to have a player that is able to step in and do whatever is needed for the team. Not many people are able to do this, so it is a great option to have,” said Yancy. Overall, the Lady Cavaliers have a lot of potential and can pull off some wins.
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MEET THE COACHES HEAD COACH
Stephenee Yancy is in her second season as head coach of the Cavaliers. A four-year letter winner at Kankakee High School, Yancy still holds school records for kills, blocks, and points. She was a twotime All-Conference honoree, twotime All-Area selection and selected as an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) All-American at the 18 Club level, where she played for Ultimate VBC. Coach Yancy started in college at Western Michigan University, where she was Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and on the MAC All-Freshman Team. During that time, Yancy also was named to the 2013 USA Volleyball Junior National A1 Team. Her junior and senior seasons, Yancy played for University of Illinois at Chicago. As a junior, she was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Honorable Mention. Yancy finished the year with national rankings for kills (24th, with 512), kills per set (20th, with 4.38) and attack percentage (56th, with
.358). The same season, Yancy put down double-digit kills in all 31 matches. Her senior season, Yancy was a team captain and led UIC and the Horizon League in kills per set (4.37). She ranked second in the conference in hitting percentage (.366) and ninth in blocks per set (0.89). For both of her seasons at UIC, the Horizon League named Yancy Player of the Year or Co-Player of the year in addition to placement on the All-Conference first team. The UIC record books list Yancy’s accomplishments 16 times, including single season records in kills (no. 3 & 6, with 544 and 512), hitting percentage (no. 1 & 2 with .371 and .358), solo blocks (no. 10 with 27); a career record in hitting percentage (no. 1 with .365), and a single match record in kills (33). She has the 13th most kills in Flames history (1,056), and led the team in kills and blocks each season. Yancy finished her college career in 2015. She was selected by her peers as UIC Female Athlete of the Year and was one of only 36 players in the nation picked by USA Volleyball to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team program. Yancy holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UIC. She also played professionally in the Prerov Czech Republic for one season.
Alexa Wood graduated from Clifton Central High School, where she played volleyball all four years. She started on the varsity squad her sophomore, junior and senior years. While at Central, Wood also earned multiple All-Conference, All-Area and All-Tournament awards. She played for Prime Time volleyball club throughout high school, and
participated when the team when to the national tournament three of those four years. After graduating from Central, Wood played one season at Benedictine University. She came home to KCC for her sophomore year, and earned a region-high number of blocks. As a new coach, Wood is excited to further her career in volleyball and is looking forward to a great first season as an assistant coach.
TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1991 1992 1993
Region IV Region IV Region IV Region IV Region IV Region IV Belleville Area College Region IV KCC Invitational Muskegon College Rock Valley College Illinois Central College Region IV
1994 1995 1996
KCC Invitational St. Francis University Rock Valley College Illinois Central College Region IV KCC Invitational Rock Valley College Cavalier Classic Illinois Central College Region IV KCC Invitational Cavalier Classic Rock Valley College Region IV
1998 2001 2002 2003 2004
Kellogg C.C. Kirkwood C.C. Region IV Waubonsee C.C. Early Bird Challenge Lake Michigan College KCC Invitational Cavalier Classic Early Bird Challenge Lake Michigan College Cavalier Classic Region IV
2005 2009 2010 2013
Early Bird Challenge Lake Michigan College KCC Invitational Cavalier Classic Cavalier Classic Lincoln Land C.C. South Suburban College
THE FACTS NICKNAME Cavaliers COLORS Scarlet, navy, white AFFILIATION NJCAA Division II 2017 RECORD 18-23
HOME COURT George H. Ryan Activities Center
HEAD COACH Stephenee Yancy 815-802-8608
LOCATION 100 College Drive Kankakee 60901
ASSISTANT COACH Alexa Wood
PRESIDENT John Avendano, Ph.D.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Todd Post 815-802-8602 ATHLETIC FACILITIES COORDINATOR Donnie Denson ATHLETICS ADMIN. ASSISTANT Felicia St. John 815-802-8604
MEET THE PLAYERS Kloe
Position: L/DS Height: 5’7” Year: Freshman Hometown: Herscher
Position: RS Height: 5’5” Year: Freshman Hometown: Chicago
Kloe is a journalism major who plans to attend a four-year university.
Kyla is pursuing an industrial engineering degree. She plans to further her education at a four-year institution.
Position: OH Height: 5’9” Year: Sophomore Hometown: Piper City
Position: MB Height: 6’2” Year: Freshman Hometown: Kankakee
Kassidi is a criminal justice major. She plans to go to Western Illinois University or Indiana State University to complete a bachelor’s degree. She hopes to become a state trooper, then pursue a career as a detective.
Position: DS Height: 5’3” Year: Freshman Hometown: Kankakee Jenna is completing general studies coursework. She plans to go to a university for a degree in the health care field.
Lanie is an undecided major, and is concentrating on general studies before transferring.
Position: MB Height: 5’10” Year: Sophomore Hometown: Manteno Jessica is a physical therapist major and plans to get her degree from a four-year university.
Position: RS Height: 5’6” Year: Freshman Hometown: Kankakee
Position: DS/L Height: 6’0” Year: Freshman Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Ashley is a nursing major who plans to go to a four year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Ashley wants to serve her community as a Trauma Nurse.
Andela is a business management major with plans to transfer and play volleyball at a four-year university.
Position: S Height: 5’7” Year: Sophomore Hometown: Ludlow Kaylee is a pharmacy major. She plans to transfer to the University of Chicago or St. Louis College of Pharmacy to pursue a Ph.D. with a minor in medical Spanish.
STATISTICS INDIVIDUAL RECORDS - SEASON MOST KILLS 625 Shalanda Byers 556 Victoria Worsfold 565 Lindsay Thompson 538 Hollie Cravens 535 Marché Hammeren 517 Meghan Zimmerman 516 Marjorie Pielli 498 Kaitlyn Wagenaar 498 Morgan Strzok 490 Angie Wilson
1993 2014 2010 1988 2012 1995 2008 2012 2014 1991
DIGS 962 914 884 822 812 793 727 719 715 664 659
2013 2007 2007 2012 2015 2009 2006 2004 2006 2005 2000
Elana Rebholz LaRhonda Eubanks Shannon Sterling Katherine Larson Holly Koch Whitney Smith Kimberly LaRoche Brittany Yocum Shannon Sterling Brittany Yocum Amber McGunegill
“300 CLUB”—300 KILLS/300 DIGS/.300 KILL % YEAR NAME KILLS DIGS KILL% 1994 Jenny Wobrock 480 450 .345 2008 Alexandra Fink 346 427 .351 “1,000 ASSISTS/100 KILLS” YEAR NAME GAMES ASSISTS KILLS 1993 Angie Carter 144 1,347 139 1995 Jessica Brester 124 1,084 107 2001 Tiffany Walzer 156 1,034 117 2002 Amy Kurweil 153 1,218 136 2003 Melissa Aguina 146 1,404 180 2005 Malorie Smith 124 1,016 123 2007 Alexandra Fink 174 1,242 302 2013 Kalyn Hungerford 167 1,384 106 “500 KILLS/500 DIGS – CAREER” NAME KILLS DIGS TOTALS KILL% Morgan Strzok 807 809 1,616 .266 Amy Foytik** 785 508 1,293 .315 Shannon Sterling 749 1,599 2,348 .183 Jennifer VanKempen 730 1,065 1,795 .239 Lindsey James 722 965 1,687 .286 Jacquelyn Schultz 694 1,310 2,004 .183 Alexandra Fink 648 969 1,617 .322 Jen Smoots 643 719 1,362 .270 Amilee Kennedy 613 971 1,584 .267 Shannon Kallemeyn 517 621 1,138 .273 Karen Machalek 512 759 1,271 .190 Emmaleigh Halweg 520 534 1,054 .207 **Only player to ever reach 500+kills/500+digs/300+kill% “TRIPLE-DOUBLE MATCHES” 2011 Olivia Donley 1 - Assists, Kills, Digs 2008 Alexandra Fink 9 - Assists, Kills, Digs 2000 Karen Machalek 9 - Assists, Kills, Digs 2007 Alexandra Fink 6 - Assists, Kills, Digs 2001 Amy Kurweil 1 - Assists, Kills, Blocks
KILL PERCENTAGE .481 Janice Gadison .457 Denise Swiercz .417 Jessica Brester .413 Maryellen Sherwood .405 Maryellen Sherwood .387 LaSha Moton .361 Meghan Zimmerman .352 Becky Clagget .351 Alexandra Fink .345 Jenny Wobrock
1987 1997 1995 1989 1990 1995 1995 1998 2008 1994
SERVE RECEIVE RATING 2.760 Amber McGunegill 2.560 Teresa McGuire 2.480 Kathy Maertin 2.403 Jesse Cooney 2.397 Jenny Wobrock 2.390 Karen Machalek 2.347 Jesse Cooney 2.305 Kasey Richardson
2000 2000 2000 1994 1994 2000 1995 1995
MATCH Most service attempts. . . . 34 . . . . Most service aces . . . . . . 12 . . . . Most attack attempts . . . . 68 . . . . Most kills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 . . . . Most blocks . . . . . . . . . . . 22 . . . . Most assists . . . . . . . . . . . 68 . . . . Most digs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 . . . . Kill % (15+att.) . . . . . . . .894 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (19-0-17) Serve receive . . (10+att.) 3.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (33-11-0)
SEASON Most service attempts . . 755 . . . . Most service aces . . . . . 155 . . . . Best service % . . . . . . . 97.7 . . . . Most attack attempts . 1,365 . . . . Most kills. . . . . . . . . . . . . 625 . . . . Kill percentage . . . . . . . .481 . . . . Most blocks. . . . . . . . . . . 296 . . . . Most assists . . . . . . . . 1,404 . . . . Most set attempts . . . 4,025 . . . . Most digs. . . . . . . . . . . . . 914 . . . . Serve receive rating. . . . 2.76 . . . . Sets played . . . . . . . . . . . 179 . . . . Double figure kills . . . . . . . 37 . . . .
Amilee Kennedy. . . . . . 2003 Jessica Walcher. . . . . . 2003 Jenny Wobrock. . . . . . . 1994 Jenny Wobrock. . . . . . . 1994 Hollie Cravens . . . . . . . 1989 Kathleen York . . . . . . . . 2002 Beth Friedrich . . . . . . . 1998 Morgan Henline . . . . . . 2006 Denise Swiercz. . . . . . . 1997 Amber McGunegill . . . . 2000
Amy Maly . . . . . . . . . . . 2002 Ashley Cocco . . . . . . . . 2003 Darla Goldtrap . . . . . . . 1993 Shannon Sterling . . . . . 2007 Shalanda Byers. . . . . . . 1993 Janice Gadison. . . . . . . 1987 Kathleen York . . . . . . . . 2002 Melissa Aguina. . . . . . . 2003 Tiffany Walzer. . . . . . . . 2001 LaRhonda Eubanks . . . 2007 Amber McGunegill. . . . 2000 Kaitlyn Wagenaar. . . . . 2012 Shalanda Byers. . . . . . . 1993
More statistics and team details at kcccavaliers.com
STATISTICS NJCAA ALL-AMERICANS Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement
Genevieve Marion Ashley Harwood
Kris Spezio Janice Gadison Hollie Cravens Hollie Cravens Maryellen Sherwood Dawn Troutman Angie Wilson Carmen Macon Shalanda Byers Kellie Gardner Jenny Wobrock Amy Foytik Meghan Zimmerman Jessica Brester Denise Swiercz Candice Christian Erin McKay Melissa Aguina Jennifer Van Kempen Kristen Feddersen Shannon Sterling Erin Starry Lindsay Thompson Heather Fletcher Jennifer Ostrowski Kaelyn Vaughn Rachel Greene Jorden Grieff Courtney Johnson Courtney Johnson
1985 1987* 1988* 1989* 1990 1991 1991 1992* 1993* 1994 1994* 1995 1995* 1996* 1997 2003** 2003 2004 2005 2006** 2007‡ 2008** 2010 2010** 2013 ** 2015** 2015** 2016** 2016** 2017**
* First Team ** Academic ‡ Distinguished Academic
American Volleyball Coaches Association
Shalanda Byers First Team
Jenny Wobrock First Team
Meghan Zimmerman 1995 First Team Jessica Brester First Team
2018 VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE DAY
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Home Trinity Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Kalamazoo
Lake Land Kaskaskia Kalamazoo Valley C.C. Harry S. Truman
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HEAD COACH: STEPHENEE YANCY ASSISTANT COACH: ALEXA WOOD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: TODD POST TEAM NAME AND COLORS: CAVALIERS, SCARLET, NAVY, WHITE HOME GAMES IN BOLD â€¢ ALL HOME GAMES PLAYED AT KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WWW.KCC.EDU/RIVERFRONT
Once the cheers and accolades have subsided, what remains for our athletes is the understanding of commitment, goal setting, teamwork and de...
Published on Sep 12, 2018
Once the cheers and accolades have subsided, what remains for our athletes is the understanding of commitment, goal setting, teamwork and de...