HUTCHINSON, Kan. — For the second time in three years, the College of Southern Idaho volleyball team is playing for an NJCAA Division I championship.
And it wasn’t easy.
Third-seeded CSI held off No. 7 Tyler (Texas) Junior College 21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 15-9 in Friday night’s semifinal match. The Golden Eagles (31-3) will now take on No. 1 Miami Dade, which beat them earlier this season.
CSI’s first set against Tyler went back-and-forth, but the Apaches did just enough late to win. The Golden Eagles went on a 7-2 run during the second set to build an insurmountable lead, and they went ahead 21-11 on their way to a third set victory.
CSI built a 5-0 lead in the fourth set, but a 10-2 run by the Apaches gave them a 19-15 lead, and they held on to force one more set.
The Golden Eagles fell behind 3-1 in the fifth set, then went on a 9-1 run to take a 10-4 lead. The closest Tyler got after that was 12-9.
CSI freshman Airi Miyabi had a huge performance, tallying match-highs in kills (23) and digs (25). JoJo Kruize had 12 kills and 12 digs, Shiloh Peleras had 11 kills, Sasha Legros had 17 digs, Makayla Bradford has 12 digs and two aces, and Morgan Weatherwax had 50 assists and 11 digs.
Miami Dade (33-0) beat No. 13 New Mexico Military in four sets to reach Saturday’s title match. The Sharks beat CSI 25-16, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20 on Sept. 1 at the Salt Lake CC Tournament.
In 2015, CSI beat Western Nebraska in five sets to win the national title.