Written by Emily Parnell and Lydia Montague.
Snow College Volleyball won second place at NJCAA National Tournament on Saturday. After an almost undefeated season, the Badger volleyball team took home a second place trophy. This nationals trip was the highest volleyball finish in Badger history. The National Championship game took place with an intense matchup between the Snow College Badgers and the Iowa Western Reivers. The Reivers quickly showed their dominance in the first set, winning it 25 – 15. The Badgers fought back, winning the second set 25 – 18, however, the Reivers took the next two sets against the Badgers to win the championship, leaving the Snow College volleyball team as national runner-ups.
Even though the Badgers lost to Iowa Western 3-1 in the National Final, Coach Reynolds had this to say: “It’s tough to get this far and lose in the championship game, but this group has nothing to be disappointed about. We came here to win the National Championship and we’ll be going home just one win short. It might take a day or two for the sting to wear off, but once it does, I’m certain these kids will come to know just how amazing they are, and the amazing things they were able to accomplish.”
As a team, the Badgers have much to be proud of, but some individual members also succeeded. Lydia Montague and KJ Strong were both named to the all-tournament team. The season ended with a record of 32-4, which is the highest in the Reynolds era. This Snow Volleyball team will go down as the best yet, and it is well deserved. They will begin next year’s season ranked second in the nation and ready to work towards the next championship.