In their second match on Friday at the NCCAA Regional Tournament in McPherson, Kansas, the Lady Patriots repeated one trend they would like to keep going and repeated another trend they would rather see end. They won, which propels them to the championship game of the tournament and affords them the luxury of having to be defeated twice for anyone else to claim the trophy – but it took them five games after taking an early lead. In this game, the Lady Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Southwest Assemblies of God before winning the match in the fifth game, 15-11.
The offense of Christina Steinkruger and the defense of Cameron Hartson led the way for the Lady Patriots in the night cap. Steinkruger finished the match with a team-leading 16 kills and Hartson delivered from the back row with 30 digs. “I thought Cameron was really good for us today. She just found the right spots at the right time – but that is nothing new for her,” said Head Coach Cathy Ray Kokel.
The Lady Patriots will wait for the last of the matches to finish up Friday before they know their next opponent in the regional. Undefeated in the double-elimination tournament, the Patriots would only have to win one game on Saturday to claim the regional championship and advance in the NCCAA Tournament. The championship game is slated to begin at noon, with the if-necessary game to follow thirty minutes after.