HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The College of Southern Idaho volleyball team ran into a buzz saw for the second straight time this season.
After falling to Miami Dade College in four sets earlier this season, the Golden Eagles were swept by the Sharks in Saturday’s NJCAA Division I championship match.
Miami Dade, the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and the top seed at this weekend’s tournament, finished the season with a 34-0 record. CSI ended up at 31-4, now with two losses to the Sharks in addition to two losses to Scenic West Athletic Conference rival Salt Lake Community College.
CSI led the first set 4-2, but Miami Dade took control after that, kick-started by a 7-0 run to take a 9-4 lead. The final score in the set was 25-13.
The second set ended up much closer (25-21), but the Sharks controlled most of it and survived a late CSI run.
Miami Dade led 17-15 in the third set, then went on a 7-0 run to all but seal the championship.
Airi Miyabi and Shiloh Peleras each had 10 kills for the Golden Eagles. Sasha Legros had 14 digs, and JoJo Kruize and Makayla Bradford each had 10. Morgan Weatherwax chipped in 31 assists.
CSI missed last year’s NJCAA Division I tournament after a loss to Salt Lake CC, so this was the first taste of national tourney experience for every Golden Eagle. They handled it well the first two days, with a pair of sweeps on day one and a five set win over Tyler Junior College on Friday.
The freshman Miyabi had one of, it not the, best performances this tournament for CSI with 23 kills and 25 digs against Tyler.