Central Community College head volleyball coach Mary Young picked up her 700th career win in style.
The Raiders came to the NJCAA Division II national tournament hoping to improve upon an 11th-place finish a season ago.
After a disappointing loss to start the tournament Thursday in Charleston, West Virginia, the eighth-seeded Raiders won twice on Friday to ensure they’ll meet that goal.
Young’s 700th victory came against a familiar rival — No. 12 Northeast Community College.
“It’s something I’ll always remember that it came with this group of girls,” Young said. “They’re a great group.”
After losing the first set 25-21, Central came back with two strong sets, winning both 25-17. The Hawks (19-16) rallied for a 25-20 win to force a deciding fifth set.
Central took control and went on to win 15-8, sending the team to Saturday's nine-place match.
“I thought our offense and our blocking really came to life,” Young said. “We hit zones on our serves very well."
Jacie Laetsch led the Raiders with her second double-double of the tournament, tallying 20 kills and 24 digs. Chainey Tompkin was a force at the net, recording a double-double of her own with 17 kills and 10 total blocks. Paxton Throne had 55 assists and 10 kills for CCC.
Central (35-11) made quick work of No. 16 Harcum (20-9), winning 25-14, 25-13, 25-15 in an elimination match to open play Friday.
“I thought they played loose, they were excited to play,” Young said of her team.The blowout allowed Young to give every girl on the roster some playing time at the national tournament.
Laetsch led Central with 12 kills on .370 hitting and three total blocks and Tompkin added nine kills and four total blocks. The Raiders hit over .300 in the match as a team.Throne finished with 34 set assists and nine digs, leading the team in both categories.
The Raiders face another familiar foe, No. 10 Iowa Central, in the ninth-place match scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday.
Getting to Day 3 of the national tournament was one of the team’s goals at the beginning of the season.
“We’re playing on the final day of the season,” Young said. “That’s what we wanted.”
Iowa Central beat the Raiders in four sets on Oct. 7 in Columbus, when Central Community College was without four players because of injuries.
“We weren’t our true selves in that match,” Young said. “It’ll be fun to get to play them at this point.”