COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (Nov. 20, 2008) - Fourth-seeded Blinn College defeated Texas rival, No. 5-seeded San Jacinto College-Central in a five-game thriller, 20-15, 25-21, 25-14, 22-25, 15-12, to advance to the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Championships, which are being played at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
"The best thing is that this is the best finish in Blinn history, no matter what happens," a very happy Blinn head coach David Rehr said as his team celebrated it's five-game win. "We've had back-to-back top fives.
"It was one of those things where you knew it was going to be a fight," he continued. "You knew they weren't going to lie down and we prepared ourselves for it."
Freshman outside hitter Cinthya Roberto led her team with 23 kills, then completed the double-double with 15 digs. Freshman middle blocker Lakeshia Craft added 16 kills, and also helped shut down the Ravens' attack with four solo blocks and six block assists. Sophomore setter Kayla Schmidt led the offense, dishing out 52 assists, while two other players led the defensive charge - sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Goodwin had 16 digs, and sophomore defensive specialist Kara Stinson had 11 digs.
It was the play of Lakeshia that Rehr highlighted for this match. "She's a freshman and kind of new to the whole scenery," he said. "We need to get her active. I don't know what the stats were yet, but she looked definitely active tome."
On the opposite side of the court, sophomore right-side hitter Julia Teixeira led the way for the Ravens with 23 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Bruna Rocha added 22 kills and 19 digs to score a double-double. Freshman setter Abbey Parker led the offense for San Jacinto with 53 assists.
Note: Iowa Western def. Hillsborough - 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-18)
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