OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The No. 3-ranked Johnson County Community College volleyball team remained unbeaten and in first place in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference standing with a 3-0 sweep over Hesston College, Wednesday evening. The Lady Cavaliers won by the set scores of 25-21, 25-19, 25-17. With the victory, JCCC improved to 12-0 overall and to 4-0 in conference play.
Freshman middle hitter Mikayla Powell demonstrated her power at the net by tallying 16 kills with a kill percentage of .343. Powell has reached double figures in kills in 10 of the 12 matches played this season. She has 180 total kills this season, which ranks her sixth in the conference.
Sophomore right-side hitter Kayla Niegenfind and freshman outside hitter Gracie LaForge also topped double figures in kills, both finishing with 10. LaForge also hit an impressive .500 for the match, and Niegenfind nearly posted a double-double adding nine digs.
Sophomore All-American libero Rylie Barnum, a two-time conference defensive player of the week this season, led the team with 25 digs. She needs five more to reach 1,000 for her career and become just the seventh player to reach that total.
Freshman middle hitter Taylor Hervey led the team with five total blocks, one solo block and four block assists. She also tallied five kills.
Johnson County returns to the floor Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Cloud County Community College, then returns home to host their annual JCCC Challenge event on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. The participants are Baker JV, Central Missouri JV, Coffeyville, Fort Scott, Iowa Western and North Platte.