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Spartan volleyball team honored Saturday

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 12:46 a.m. CDT

The Southwestern Community College athletic department is hosting a ceremony and reception to honor SWCC’s national tournament volleyball team Saturday.

The 2013 regional champions and national championship participants will be honored during the home basketball matchups featuring the SWCC Spartans vs. Iowa Lakes women and men.

The afternoon kicks off with the women’s basketball game at 1 p.m. in the Student Center gymnasium. The men’s game follows at 3 p.m. The volleyball recognition ceremony will be held during halftime of the men’s game at approximately 3:45 p.m.  A reception will be held immediately following the men’s game on the upper level of the SWCC Student Center.

SWCC’s volleyball team, under the direction of head coach Melissa Blessington, ended its season with a record of 9-2 in the conference and 37-10 overall.  The Spartans ended up fifth at the 2013 NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championships in Perrysburg, Ohio, defeating Grand Rapids, Mich., in three straight sets in their final match on Nov. 23. 

Blessington was named the region’s Coach of the Year. Setter Cassidy Yong was selected All-American.

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