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Volleyball Press Releases

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2007 Press Releases:

(4/18)  Clewis & Isham Together Again: Norfolk State University signs two MAC Cardinals for the 2008 season.  Angie Clewis and Aurelia Isham came to Mineral Area College together two years ago from Lancaster HS (Dallas, TX).  They will be leaving together with the same destination.  The pair will be attending Norfolk State University is a NCAA Division I affiliate of the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) located in Norfolk, VA.  Clewis, a 5'10" OH, was a standout performer.  She earned NJCAA All-Region XVI 2nd Team honors, and was selected on the MCCAC All-Conference team.  Isham, a 5'7" hitter, was a versatile player for Mineral Area for the past two seasons.

(4/14)  Andrea Lucas inks a National Letter of Intent to attend McKendree University.  Lucas spent two successful seasons at Mineral Area College after a solid high school career at Festus HS (Festus, MO).  The 5'10" OH was honored by the MCCAC as an All-Conference performer and by the NJCAA Region XVI Coaches as an All-Region selection this season.  McKendree is an NAIA affiliate located in Lebenon, IL.  "Andrea will be missed, but will make a definate impact for McKendree next season," commented Coach Tim Copeland.

(11/7) Three Cardinals earn NJCAA All-Region XVI honors for 2007.  Ana Markovic, a 6'0" sophomore setter from Serbia was selected as a first team honoreee.  She is joined on the first team by 5'10" sophomore OH, Andrea Lucas (Festus, MO).  5'11" MH Angie Clewis (Dallas, TX) was selected on the second team.  MSU-West Plains won the NJCAA Region XVI Tournament and Jefferson's Jo-Ellen Stringer was named "Coach of the Year" in her final season at the helm of the Vikings program.

(10/30) MAC's winning streak ends at six games: Blue Storm sweeps Cardinals in three.  Southwestern Illinois came to Park Hills and left a winner with a 30-21,30-24 & 30-17 match to end the regular season.  The Cards were led by Milica Balandzic with 10 kills, Ana Markovic with 17 sets, and Andrea Lucas with 15 digs.

(10/30) Cardinals grab three wins in MAC Quad match to notch the school's first 30 win season.  Mineral Area started off with a 30-15, 30-22 win over William Woods Univ. (Fulton, MO) behind Adrea Lucas' 4 kills, Jessica Davis' 6 sets, and Aurilla Isham's 7 digs.  The Cards stayed hot by defeating John Wood C.C. (Quincy, IL) 30-22 & 30-20 (Milica Balandzic 7 kills, Erin Menke 11 sets, Chelsea Pinson 17 digs).  MAC honored their sophomores before the contest with Missouri Baptist Univ. (St. Louis, MO) and the sophomores continued the 3 match sweep with a 30-15 & 30-19 victory (Andrea Lucas 8 kills, Erin Menke 12 sets, Ana Markovic 11 digs).

(10/29)  Mineral Area earns the #3 seed in the NJCAA Region XVI Tournament.  The 2007 Region XVI Tournament will be played at Jefferson College on Friday, November 2 and Saturday November 3.  A bid to the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament (November 15-17) at Iowa Western College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is at stake.  The #3 Cardinals play the #2 Vikings from Jefferson College at 5:00pm on Friday, November 2.  The Championship game is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, at 2:00pm (vs, winner of #1 MSU-West Plains & #4 State Fair).

(10/26)  Cardinals sweep Rebels in three sets to capture second place in the MCCAC for the third straight season.  Mineral Area traveled to Hillsboro, MO, to compete in the MCCAC Conference Showdown on Wednesday.  The Birds outplayed East Central College (Union, MO) 30-21, 30-20, 30-28.  Andrea Lucas (13 kills,) Angie Clewis (11 kills,) Ana Markovic (22 sets & 16 digs,) Erin Menke (13 sets,) Chelsea Pinson (26 digs,) and Chelsea Politte (10 digs) were leaders on the night.

(10/25)  Four Cardinals recognized by MCCAC Conference on the post-season awards list for the 2007 season.  Ana Markovic, a 6'0' sophomore Setter from Serbia was an All-Conference honeree for the second straight season.  Andrea Lucas, a 5'10" sophomore OH from Festus, MO, and Angie Clewis, a 5'9" sophome MH from Dallas, TX, were honored as All-Conference performers.  Chelsea Pinson, a 5'4" DS from park Hills, MO, was selected as an Honorable Mention recipient.  Jefferson College finished as the MCCAC Conference Champions, their Coach Jo Ellen Stringer earned "Coach of the Year," and Florissant Valley earned the Spotsmanship Award.    

(10/23)  Mineral Area stands at 26-10 with a 2-1 performance at the John A. Logan Invitational in Carterville, IL.  The Cards dropped the opener to the home Volunteers 31-29, 15-30, 30-24, 20-30 & 8-15.  Angie Clewis stayed hot with 11 kills, Ana Markovic added 25 sets, while Chelsea Pinson had 22 digs and Aurelia Isham recorded 21 digs.  MAC bounced back with a three set sweep 30-24, 30-21 & 30-24 over John Wood (Quincy, IL) behind Baily Stanley (11 kills), Erin Menke (19 sets), and Zorana Pilijeuici (17 digs).  The Cardinals ended the day with a sweep of Rend Lake (Ina, IL) 30-16, 30-20 & 30-26.  Leaders were Brittany Storandt (8 kills), Jessica Davis 13 sets & Zorana Pilijeuici (21 digs).

(10/22)  Cardinals need four sets to earn a win over Blue Angels.  Mineral Area grabbed their second straight match win with a 30-26, 26-30, 30-15 & 30-16 victory over Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL).  Bright spots for MAC included Angie Clewis (11 kills), Brittany Storandt (10 kills), Ana Markovic (20 sets), and Chelsea Pinson (31 digs).

(10/19)  MAC beats Lewis & Clark (Godfrey, IL) in MCCAC contest.  The Cards used strong performances by Angie Clewis (13 kills), Erin Menke (18 sets), and Andrea Lucas (14 digs) to sweep the Trailblazers 30-23, 30-20, and 30-21.

(10/12)  Mineral Area stays competitive, but drops Region XVI contest to Jefferson.  The Cardinals were in all three games, before dropping the match in three sets to the visiting Vikings 25-30, 20-30, 22-30.  Andrea Lucas (9 kills & 15 digs), Milica Balandzic (7 kills), Erin Menke (18 sets), Ana Markovic (12 sets), and Chelsea Pinson (24 digs) were the statistical leaders for MAC.

(10/9)  Cardinals slip in Championship game, but 5-1 trip to Alabama nets Second Place in the Northwest Shoals Tournament.  Mineral Area opened the second day with a 30-14, 30-17 win over Southern Union (AL) (B. Storandt 5 kills, A. Markovic 14 sets, C. Pinson 10 digs).  MAC earned a smi-final win over John A. Logan (IL) 31-29, 30-18 (B. Stanley 8 kills, E. Menke 14 sets, C. Pinson 16 digs).  The Cards fell in the Championship game to host Northwest Shoals (AL) 24-30, 31-29, 31-33 (B. Stanley 14 kills, A. Markovic 21 sets, C. Pinson 18 digs).  Mineral Area moves to 22-8, finishing second in back-to-back tournaments over the past two week-ends.

(10/8)  Mineral Area stays perfect in Northwest Shoals Tournament (Muscle Shoals, AL) on Friday.  The Cardinals made a clean sweep with a 3-0 record in opening day action.  MAC beat Lawson State (AL) 30-14 and 30-22 (B. Stanley 6 kills, A. Markovic 15 sets, A. Clewis 10 digs).  Mineral Area stayed perfect with a 30-13, 30-26 win over Bevill State (AL) (A. Clewis 7 kills, A, Markovic 16 sets, C. Pinson 21 digs).  The Cards finished the day with a 30-23, 30-25 win over Wallace State (AL) (M. Balandzic 8 kills, E. Menke 11 sets, C. Pinson 11 digs).

(10/4)  Cardinals soar at State Fair Tournament, bring home a 3-1 record.  Mineral Area beat State Fair in four sets 30-23, 30-26, 26-30 & 30-25 (A. Lucas 18 kills, A. Markovic 33 sets, C. Pinson 33 digs).  The Cards finished Friday at 2-0 with a win over Lincoln Land (IL) who recieved votes in the last NJCAA National poll,  MAC won in three straight 30-21, 30-22 & 30-26 (A. Clewis 9 kills, A. Markovic 15 sets, W. Macormic 17 digs).  The Rebels from East Central also fell to MAC in four sets 30-21, 30-19, 20-30 & 30-26 (B. Stanley 14 kills, A. Markovic 26 sets, C. Pinson 30 digs).  Mineral Area's only loss on the week-end came to #19 Indian Hills (IA).  The birds were swept 15-30, 23-30 & 19-30 (M. Balandzic 5 kills, E. Menke 10 sets, C. Pinson 11 digs).  

(10/3) MAC sweeps Lindenwood in Tri-match, moves to 14-7 on the season.  The Cards defeated Lindenwood University (Black) 30-21 & 30-26.  Bailey Stanley had 8 kills, Ana Markovic 12 sets, and Chelsea Pinson 11 digs.  The Cardinals continued their winning ways with a 30-25 & 30-22 victory over Lindenwood University (Gold).  Bailey Stanley added 6 more kills, Ana Markovic had 15 sets, and Andrea Lucas chipped in 12 digs.

(9/25)  Cardinals fall for second time in four games to #9 MSU-West Plains. The Grizzlies jumped on MAC 16-30, and completed the sweep in two tight sets 26-30, 26-30.  Angie Clewis had 8 kills, Ana Markovic had 15 sets and 15 digs, and Erin Menke added 13 sets.

(9/24)  Mineral Area travels to Centralia and earns a win in straight sets over Kaskaskia.  The Cardinals (12-6) defeated the Blue Angels (12-5) 30-24, 30-28, and 30-20.  Baily Stanley (13 kills) and Angie Clewis (10 kills) led the way offensively.  Chelsea Pinson (24 digs) and Andrea Lucas (18 digs) were key, as Ana Markovic (20 sets) and Erin Menke (18 sets) helped lead MAC to a second straight victory.

(9/21)  Neither David Copperfield nor Chriss Angel's Magic could help Meramec get past Mineral Area.  The Cardinals swept Meramec 30-19, 30-17, and 30-21 to move to 11-5 on the season and 2-1 in MCCAC Conference play.  Angie Clewis was key with 11 kills, Ana Markovic tallied 12 sets, Chelsea Pinson recorded 16 digs, and Brittany Storandt and Milica Balandzic chipped in with 8 kills each.

(9/19) #9 MSU-West Plains moves to 13-5 with three set sweep over Mineral Area College.  The Cards drop to 10-5 and 0-3 in Region XVI play with 17-30, 13-30, 16-30 loss at West Plains.  Andrea Lucas had 7 kills & 13 digs, while Ana Markovic added 10 sets & 11 digs.

(9/14)  Cardinals earn first MCCAC Conference win of the season, move to 10-4 in 2007.  Mineral Area College defeated Florissant Valley (St. Louis, MO) in four sets: 30-24, 30-14, 23-30, 30-25.  MAC was led by Brittany Storandt and Andrea Lucas (9 kills), Ana Markovic (27 sets), Chelsea Pinson (34 digs), and Angie Clewis (4 blocks).

(9/10) #20 Lakeland nips Cardinals in three tight sets.  Most sports seem to be games of inches, or have a play or two that changes the outcome of the game.  Mineral Area found that to be true, dropping two tight sets 28-30 and 27-30.  Lakeland used the momentum from the close wins to sweep MAC with a 19-30 third set win to claim the match. Chelsea Politte (14 digs), Andrea Lucas (12 digs), and Chelsea Pinson (11 digs) added some solid defense, while Andrea Lucas (7 kills) and Ana Markovic (14 sets) led the offense. 

(9/6) Mineral Area College drops to 9-3 with loss at #8 Jefferson College.  The Cards were competitive in the first two games, but eventually dropped the match in three straight games to the Nationally-ranked Vikings 23-30, 24-30, and 16-30 in Hillsboro, MO.  The match was a Region XVI and MCCAC Conference contest.  Stat Leaders: Ana Markovic - 8 digs, Erin Menke - 12 sets, Andrea Lucas - 7 kills. 

(9/4) Cardinals sweep McKendree Tournament with a perfect 6-0 Holiday week-end.  Mineral Area started off Friday's action with a 30-25, 30-23 victory over McKendree College (A. Clewis 9 Kills).  The Cards continued rolling with a 30-21, 30-27 victory over Oakton (C. Pinson 16 digs).  MAC finished a 3-0 first day by sweeping John A. Logan 30-22, 30-25 (M. Balandzic 9 kills).  The birds soared in day two action by nipping Meramec in three 30-22, 19-30, 15-1 (A. Lucas 12 digs).  The Cards dispatched the Blue Storm from Southwestern Illinois 30-22, 22, 30, 15-11 (E. Menke 14 sets).  MAC finished the Tournament with a perfect 6-0 claiming the Championship with a 30-25, 23-30, 16-14 squeeker over State Fair (A. Marcovic 16 sets).

(8/27) Mineral Area College wins three matches in the MAC - American Family Classic.  The Cards started off their season with a 30-22, 27-30, 15-12 win over Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO)  Chelsea Pinson was key with 13 digs, while Erin Menke and Ana Markovic had 12 sets each.  MAC dropped their second match to Northwest Shoals (AL) in a tight contest 19-30, 30-22, 6-15.  Andrea Lucas recorded 7 kills.  The Cards dropped a Region XVI match to State Fair (Sedalia, MO) 30-21, 27-30, 10-15, behind Baily Stanley and Angie Clewis with 7 kills each.  MAC bounced back to win their final two matches of the tournament defeating Lindenwood University II 30-20, 30-12 (Chelsea Pinson 9 digs) and East Central (Union, MO) in a Region XVI and MCCAC Conference contest 30-20, 30-22 (Andrea Lucas 9 kills).  

(8/21) Mineral Area College - American Family Classic Tournament schedule released.  The Cardinals will host a season opening tournament on Aug. 24 & 25 at the Sechrest Fieldhouse.  The tournament kicks off at 2:00pm with East Central (MO) vs. Lindenwood University (MO) on Friday.  MAC hosts Lindenwood University (MO) at 4:30pm and Northwest Shoals (AL) at 7:00pm.  Saturday action starts at 9:00am with Lindenwood II vs. East Central.  The Cards play on Saturday at 10:45am against State Fair (MO), at 12:00pm vs. Lindenwood II (MO), and at 2:00pm to close out action against East Central (MO).

(5/3)  Mineral Area College releases 2007 Volleyball Schedule.  The MAC Volleyball Cardinals will open the season on August 24 & 25 by hosting the American Family Classic Tournament.  The Cards will travel to tournaments at McKendree College (Lebanon, IL), Southwestern Illinois (Belleville, IL), Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO), State Fair (Sedalia, MO), Northwest Shoals (Muscle Shoals, AL), and John A. Logan (Carterville, IL).  The Conference and Region opener will be on Sept. 4 at Jefferson College (Hillsboro, MO).  Mineral Area will also host a Quad Match on October 26, and be featured against Jefferson College to open Midnight Madness on October 10. 

(4/20)  Lora Dickey signs with UALR to continue her stand-out volleyball career.  It's great when a local product plays for their hometown school and excels.  That's what Potosi HS graduate did at Mineral Area College.  This 6'0" MH earned All-Region and All-Conference honors during her sophomore season as a Cardinal, and turned it into a NCAA DI scholarship.   Dickey signed a Letter of Intent to play at the University of Arkansas Little Rock this past week for Head Coach Van Compton.  UALR plays in the Sun Belt Conference.

(4/18)  Monika Jaroszewics Inks to play Volleyball at Morehead State University. Head Coach Jaime Gordon announced Jaroszewicz's addition to the MSU Eagles' roster this week.  Monika is a 6'1" right side/outside hitter who is originally from Warsaw, Poland and Zamoyski High School. She was an All-Conference and All-Region honoree at MAC for coach Tim Copeland. "We are very excited to have Monika joining our program. She will be able to bring a dimension to our team that will help us compete for an OVC title next year. She is a very experienced and mature player that knows how to compete and score," said Gordon. 

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(2/8)  The Mineral Area College Volleyball program announces player commitments for the upcoming 2007 season.  Future Cardinals include several local products, and should help the team compete for a Conference and Regional title next season.  Chelsea Pinson, a Defensive Specialist from Park Hills Central and Chelsey Politte, a Defensive Specialist from Bismark will add local flavor to the team.  Brittany Storandt (Opposite Hitter) from Hillsboro (MO) High School, Whitney Macormic (Middle) from St. James High School, and Bailey Stanley (Outside Hitter) from Dexter have Coach Copeland excited about the outlook for the 2007 Cardinals.  

2006 Press Releases:

(9/25)  Cardinals win two in Centrallia, move to 15-6.  Mineral Area defeated William Woods University 30-14 & 30-11 in their first match.  The Cardinals stayed perfect on the night when they swept the host Blue Angels from Kaskaskia 30-22 & 30-20.

(9/22)  MAC earns MCCAC Conference win in four sets.  The Cardinals battled a feisty Florissant Valley team and several key injuries to win a four set Conference match.  Mineral Area moves to 13-6 (3-1) with the victory.

(9/18)  MAC splits in two contest at Belleville, IL.  The Cardinals defeated Springfield in 5 matches 30-25, 30-27, 26-30, 26-30, and 15-8 in their first match.  The Blue Storm from Southwestern Illinois grabbed a hard faught 4 set win over MAC 24-30, 30-28, 23-30, 16-30.

(9/14)  Mineral Area College moves to 11-5 with 3 set sweep of Lewis & Clark.  The Cardinals continued their road stretch with a MCCAC win, moving them to 2-1 in the Conference, on the trip to Godfrey, IL.  The scoring was 30-16, 30-13, and 30-19.

(9/10)  Cardinals drop matches against nationally ranked opponents.  The Cardinals traveled to Hillsboro, MO, and dropped a match against #11 Jefferson College.  The road got tougher as the Cards traveled to MSU-West Plains to play the #3 Grizzlies.  MAC dropped the match in 4 sets: 23-30, 11-30, 32-30, and 22-30.

(9/1)  Mineral Area pulls out a MCCAC Conference win in five sets.  The Cardinals and Magic played nearly even on Wednesday, but MAC netted the win to move to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the MCCAC.  The Cards won game 1 & 2 - 30-28, 30-28, dropped games 3 & 4 by the score of 28-30, 26-30, but grinded out a 15-11 win in the deciding set.

(8/28)  Cards off to a good start in 2006 with a second place finish in season-opening tournament.  MAC dropped their first match 27-30, 30-11, 11-15 to eventual tournament champions Northwest Shoals (AL).  But, the Cards ripped off five straight matches to grab a second place finish in the MAC Volleyball Classic.  MAC defeated Lindenwood Gold 30-28 & 30-16, Three Rivers 30-22 & 30-14, Shawnee (IL) 25-30, 30-15, 15-9, State Fair 30-20, 24-30, 15-10, and Lindenwood Black in a thrilling match 30-28 & 36-34.

(3/27)  MAC Volleyball Camp dates have been set for summer 2006.  Mineral Area College will host several Volleyball events this summer.  Coach Copeland and his staff will provide a summer league, a team camp, and several individual camps.  Volleyball Camp Info

(3/24)  Cardinals Volleyball team spends Spring Break in Florida.  The MAC Volleyball team had a blast in Florida playing in the Webber International University (Fort Meyers, FL) Tournament.  The team went 6-1 on MAC's first ever spring trip.  The girls spent some time at the beach, shopping, and building lasting relationships with their team-mates that should help make 2006 a very successful season.

(3/22)  Mineral Area signs three players to National Letters of Intent.  The Cardinals are looking to improve on their 27-18 record under second-year Head Coach Tim Copeland in 2006.  The first three players to be fitted for Cardinal uniforms include: Andrea Lucas O/S Hitter from Festus (MO), Erin Menke R/S-Def from New Haven (MO), and Ana Mankovic S from Serbia, Montenegro.

2005 Press Releases:

(11/14)  Cardinals season comes to end in Region XVI semi-finals. MAC Volleyball had a successful season under first-year Head Coach Tim Copeland with a 27-18 record.  But, the Cards finished with a loss to Jefferson in the Regional Tournament semi-finals ending their season.

(11/8)  MAC drops match to #5 MSU-West Plains.  Mineral Area played the #5 team in the National poll on the road for their season finale.  The Cards came up a little short against the Grizzlies (34-8), but finish the season with a 27-17 record and finish 3rd in Region XVI.

(11/1)  Cardinals can't quite weather the Blue Storm.  The volleyball Cards had several chances to win their match against Southwestern Illinois, but came up just short. SWIC won the match in five games 30-16, 28-30, 24-30, 30-28, and 15-13.  DJ Article

(10/28) Cardinals play #8 MSU-West Plains tough, but Grizzlies grab the win.  Mineral Area (27-15) had difficulty in defending the multi-hitters used by West Plains (29-8).  The Cards hung around, but bowed out in three sets: 30-20, 30-28, 30-23.  DJ Article

(10/28)  Cardinals finish second in MCCAC at 4-2, four players honored by Conference.  MAC finished in second place behind Jefferson (6-0) in the final MCCAC Conference standings in '05.  The Conference coaches selected Cassidy Wisdom, Monika Jaroszewicz, and Jennifer Gabrian to the MCCAC All-Conference team, while Lora Dicky made Honorable Mention.

(10/27)  MAC rallies to earn MCCAC & Region XVI contest over Raiders.  In the conference finale, Three Rivers took off from the first serve to post a two-game advantage, but the Cards fought back to win the five game match 26-30, 28-30, 30-25, 30-22, 15-12. DJ Article

(10/25)  MAC drops three at West Plains Tournament against heavyweights, looks to get back on track before Regionals.  The Cards lost to #7 Iowa Western (43-7) 19-30, 13-30, and 19-30.  #9 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (37-1) defeated MAC in three sets 13-30, 14-30, and 18-30.  The Cards grabbed a win against Three Rivers 30-21, 30-24, and 30-28, before dropping a 5 set match to State Fair 30-21, 28-30, 21-30, 30-28, 12-15.

(10/23)  Five Cardinals are noted in the "Top 25" in National Statistics.  MAC has started the season in a winning way (25-11) behind the solid play of multiple players.  Jessica Murdick is #3 in Digs with 695 (7.2 a game), and Cassidy Wisdom is #15 with 470 (4.9 a game).  Jennifer Gabrian is #19 in Assists with 914 (9.5 a game), Monika Jaroszewicz has 70 Aces (.8 a game) and ranks #22, while Lora Dickey is #25 in Blocks with 121 (1.4 per game).

(10/19)  Cards defeat Lions in third sets, move to 25-11.  MAC picked up two more wins by defeating Lindenwood J.V. 30-26, 24-30, 15-7 in the initial match of the evening, then they got by the varsity 30-21, 18-30, 15-11.  DJ Article

(10/13) MAC beats Three Rivers in three straight to earn Region XVI & MCCAC wins.  The Cardinals needed the minimum three games to win their match over the Lady Raiders by the scores of 30-18, 30-23, 30-26.  DJ Article

(10/5)  Mineral Area has #7 ranked Lakeland CC on ropes after winning first two games, but falls in 5.  MAC won the first two games 31-29, 30-22, but then lost the next three 21-30, 20-30 and 11-15 to allow Lake Land to leave with their ranking intact.  DJ Article

(10/3)  Cards split at State Fair Tournament: Improve to 22-10 on season.  MAC beat Allen County (KS) and State Fair in the tournament, but dropped contests to Neosho County (KS) and Indian Hills (IA) to finish 2-2.  DJ Article

(9/29)  Mineral Area drops a MCCAC Conference and Region XVI match at Jefferson.  The ardinals had little margin for error against their opponents on Wednesday, and a couple of erratic stretches paved the road to victory for the Vikings, who utilized a relentless attack for a 30-22, 30-27, 30-20 win.  DJ Article

(9/26)  Cardinals earn split in high-powered tournament at Southwestern Illinois.  MAC (20-7) dominated on Friday beating NEO-Northwest & Bevill College.  But, the Cards fell twice on Saturday, dropping contests to Lakeland and Southwestern Illinois.  DJ Article

(9/23)  MAC dominates in three set win over Lewis & Clark.  The Cardinals bounced back from the Lakeland game in less than 24 hours and dismissed the visiting Trailblazers 30-18, 31-29, and 30-20 to move to 18-5 and 3-1 in the MCCAC. DJ Article

(9/21)  Streak ends at eight: MAC drops tough contest at Lakeland

(9/19)  The Mineral Area Cardinals are on a roll after beating Florissant Valley earlier in the week.  MAC demolished their competition in the Three Rivers Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The five straight wins gives the Cards a 17-4 record, and their first tournament championship of 2005.  DJ Article

(9/15)  Mineral Area grabs MCCAC victory to move to 2-1 in the conference with sweep of Florissant Valley.  The 'MAC attack' accounted for 45 kills to 19 for Flo, giving the Cardinals a 30-25, 30-11, 30-26 victory.  DJ Article

(9/12)  Cards add two wins to resume in tri-match with wins over John A. Logan and Kaskaskia.  MAC beat John A. Logan in three games 26-30, 30-21, and 15-10, and then defeated Kaskaskia in two games 30-22 and 30-15DJ Article

(9/8)  MAC had the Jefferson College on the ropes at the start of their match on Tuesday. With a versatile attack at the net, the Cardinals had the Vikings reeling.  But, MAC fizzled out, and Jeffco captured a a 25-30, 30-18, 30-27, 30-23 win.  DJ Article

(9/5)  Cardinals sweep through McKendee Tournament pool-play, finish 3rd in Tournament.  Vincennes tripped up the Cards in the semi-finals, ending a six match winning streak 30-28, 30-24.  Monica Jaroszewicz ripped 46 kills and served 12 aces, Tiara Boyer knocked down 35 kills and Cassidy Wisdom collected 28. Jennifer Gabrian dished out 140 assists.  DJ Link

(9/2)  MAC cruises to 3 game win over Meramec in MCCAC Conference opener.  The Cardinals coasted through the first game, but stood two points away from being tied in a sluggish game two. MAC regained control of both the momentum and the match with an aggressive run of four straight points, and held on in game three for a 30-19, 32-30, 30-27 sweep. DJ Article

(8/29)  MAC opens season with Region XVI win over State Fair, finishes home tournament in thrilling semi-final match. The Cardinals opened their season with a Region XVI win over State Fair 30-26, 28-30, 15-10 in breath-taking fashion.  The Cards beat Lindenwood-Gold 30-16, 30-24, and finished pool-play by dropping a tight contest to Northwest Shoals (AL) 30-28, 31-29.  MAC opened Saturday's Tournament play with a win over Northwest Shoals 30-24,28-30,15-5, but dropped a semi-final match to Parkland 28-30, 32-30. Tournament Results

(8/22)  MAC Volleyball places four on Academic All-American List.  Distinguished All-Americans (3.8-4.0): Jane Latu, Ali Tyson, and Colleen Crider, as well as Academic All-American (3.6-3.8) recipient Kellie Kramer.

(8/1)  Mineral Area Roster Released.  Tim Copeland's coaching staff is excited about their first year at MAC.  They have signed talented local and International players and have a good feeling about the upcoming season.  Roster Link

(4/19)  Mineral Area Volleyball announces 2005 Schedule  Schedule  Printable Schedule

(4/16)  Cardinals announce six additions to the roster for the 2005 season.  Coach Tim Copeland and his staff are excited about their first recruiting class at Mineral Area College.  The following student-athletes will wear Cards uniforms in the fall: Monika Jaroszewicz (Warsaw, Poland), Chaumone Robinson (Troy, MO), Jennifer Gabrian (O'Fallon, MO), and local products: Amanda Bieser (Farmington), Chelsey Morris (Bismark, MO), and Lora Dickey (Potosi).

(4/13)  Jane Latu signs NLI to attend Texas A&M Commerce.  Jane Latu, an OH/MB from Watauga, TX; will return to her home state and play at NCAA DII Texas A&M Commerece.  Latu was an All-Region and All-Conference performer last season at Mineral Area College.

(4/10)  Tyson and Crider will be team-mates for two more seasons at McKendree College.  Ali Tyson, from Notre Dame HS in Cape Girardeau, MO, has decided to continue her career at NAIA McKendree College in Lebenon, IL.  Tyson was an All-Conference and All-Region Honorable Mention performer at MAC.  Colleen Crider (Mt. Vernon) has also signed on with the Bearcats.  Crider was an All-Conference and All-Region selection as an Outside Hitter for the Cardinals last season.

(2/14)  Cardinal's Volleyball excited to announce new coaching staff. Mineral Area College is proud to announce that the new head volleyball coach is Tim Copeland. Tim is a resident of Desoto and has been the assistant at Jefferson College, a national JUCO volleyball power, for six years. He also served for four years as the head coach at Missouri Baptist University. His staff will include Jennifer Parks, who is teaching and coaching at Mascoutah High School (IL), and Ashley Smith who is a senior at Southeast Missouri State University. Jennifer is the fiancée of Zack Mills, former MAC basketball player and coach, and currently serves as the head coach of the Central Rebels. Ashley played at Jefferson and Southeast Missouri, and she will be student teaching in the area starting in the fall.  DJ Article

Mineral Area College Cardinals Individual Volleyball Camp June 13-16.  The camp will be run by new Head Coach Tim Copeland and his staff and players.  Each camper will recieve individualized instruction, a camp T-shirt, and learn the basic fundamentals and techniques of volleyball.  The camp cost is $60 and is for players in grades 5-12.  5th & 6th Graders will meet from 9:00am-11:00am, 7th-9th graders will meet from 1:00pm-3:00pm, and 10th-12th graders will meet from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  Contact Tim Copeland at 573.518.2231 or 636.337.0220 or e-mail aesmith@mineralarea.edu for additional volleyball camp information or to register.

Mineral Area College Volleyball Team Camp is set for July 15 & 16.  The MAC Volleyball Team Camp is for Varsity and JV teams and is tournament-style play.  The camp cost is $125.  Championship teams in each division will recieve a camp T-Shirt.  There is a 10 team limit so call and RSVP as soon as possible.  Contact Tim Copeland at 573.518.2231 or 636.337.0220 or e-mail aesmith@mineralarea.edu for additional volleyball camp information or to register your team.

(4/17)  2004 Season Schedule and Results archive.  Click Here

(4/16)  Cardinals announce six additions to the roster for the 2005 season.  Coach Tim Copeland and his staff are excited about their first recruiting class at Mineral Area College.  The following student-athletes will wear Cards uniforms in the fall: Monika Jaroszewicz (Warsaw, Poland), Chaumone Robinson (Troy, MO), Jennifer Gabrian (O'Fallon, MO), and local products: Amanda Bieser (Farmington), Chelsey Morris (Bismark, MO), and Lora Dickey (Potosi).

(4/13)  Jane Latu signs NLI to attend Texas A&M Commerce.  Jane Latu, an OH/MB from Watauga, TX; will return to her home state and play at NCAA DII Texas A&M Commerece.  Latu was an All-Region and All-Conference performer last season at Mineral Area College.

(4/10)  Tyson and Crider will be team-mates for two more seasons at McKendree College.  Ali Tyson, from Notre Dame HS in Cape Girardeau, MO, has decided to continue her career at NAIA McKendree College in Lebenon, IL.  Tyson was an All-Conference and All-Region Honorable Mention performer at MAC.  Colleen Crider (Mt. Vernon) has also signed on with the Bearcats.  Crider was an All-Conference and All-Region selection as an Outside Hitter for the Cardinals last season.

(2/14)  Cardinal's Volleyball excited to announce new coaching staff. Mineral Area College is proud to announce that the new head volleyball coach is Tim Copeland. Tim is a resident of Desoto and has been the assistant at Jefferson College, a national JUCO volleyball power, for six years. He also served for four years as the head coach at Missouri Baptist University. His staff will include Jennifer Parks, who is teaching and coaching at Mascoutah High School (IL), and Ashley Smith who is a senior at Southeast Missouri State University. Jennifer is the fiancée of Zack Mills, former MAC basketball player and coach, and currently serves as the head coach of the Central Rebels. Ashley played at Jefferson and Southeast Missouri, and she will be student teaching in the area starting in the fall.  DJ Article

2004 Press Releases:

(11/15)  Volleyball Cardinals finish season 35-16 dropping a Region 16 Tournament contest to #8 West Plains.  The Cardinals wrapped up their best season under Coach Cindy Martin with a record number of wins and multiple awards.  Jane Latu and Colleen Crider were selected to the All-Region Team, while Jessica Wines and Ali Tyson made the Honorable Mention listing.  Complete Region 16 Volleyball Honors Link 

(10/29)  Three of the Volleyball Cardinals were honored by the Conference coaches as first team All-Conference selections.  First-Team All-MCCAC selections included: Coleen Crider, Jane Latu, and Ali Tyson from MAC.  Cassidy Wisdom made the list as All-Conference Honorable Mention.  Other All-Conference selections included: Julia DaSilva, Dalia Naidzinaviciute, Lindsey Grauge, and Tara DeMage from Jefferson, Kelly Houston, and Crystal Rosner from Meramec, Sheri Tuttle, and Samantha Rogoff from Three Rivers, and Megan Keefe from Lewis & Clark. 

(10/28)  Cards sweep Florissant Valley in three games in their final Conference game of the season.  MAC posted scores of 30-9, 30-11, and 30-17 in the victory.  The victory moved MAC to 5-2 in MCCAC contests.  Mineral Area is currently in second place in the MCCAC behind Jefferson (7-0).

(10/25)  Cards earn split at West Plains to get rolling down the stretch.   MAC dropped  a match to Seward County (KS) 25-30, 29-31, and 20-30.  Stats Leaders- Kills: Latu-9, Digs: Wisdom-14, Crider and Kramer-8, Assists: Tyson-11, Murdick-13.  The Cards also dropped a match to Univ. of Ark.-Ft. Smith by the scores of 23-30, 28-30, and 25-30.  Stats Leaders- Kills: Latu-14, Crider and Bollinger-6, Assists: Tyson-18, and Murdick-15, Digs: Wisdom-23, and Kramer-19.  The Cards defeated State Fair 30-24, 30-23, and 30-18.  Stats Leaders- Kills: Latu-11, Wines-10, Assists: Tyson-22, Murdick-13, Digs: Tyson-20, Wisdom-17.  MAC also defeated rival Three Rivers in three sets 30-19, 30-23, and 30-26.  Stats Leaders- Kills: Tyson-9, Latu and Wines-7, Assists: Tyson-15, and Murdick-16, Digs: Wisdom and Kramer-22, Murdick-19.  The Cards move to 31-13 on the season with the split.  Overall Tournament Stats- Kills: Latu-51, Wines-17, Assists: Tyson-56, Murdick-57, Digs: Wisdom-76, and Kramer-49.

(10/20)  The Cards swept the Lindenwood Lions, by beating both their gold and black squads in straight sets.   MAC defeated the Gold squad 30-26, and 30-26.  Stats: Kills: Latu-8, Crider-7, Bollinger-7; Assists: Tyson-14, Murdick-11; Digs: Wisdom-15, Crider-10. 

   The Cards also defeated the Black squad by the scores of 30-8 and 30-28.  Stats: Kills: Wines-7, Boyer-6; Assists: Tyson-7, Murdick-6; Digs: Wisdom-12, Crider-7.  DJ Story

(10/19)  The Cards earned another victory over the John A. Logan (Carterville, IL) Volunteers by the scores of 30-26, 30-22, 26-30, and 30-20.  Statistical Leaders included: Kills: Latu-16, and Wines-15(career high); Assists: Tyson-21 and Murdick-19,; Digs: Wisdom-22.  Complete Daily Journal Article

(10/14)  MAC drops MCCAC contest to 8th ranked Jefferson College in three games.   The loss drops the Cards to 26-10 (3-2) on the season.  Complete Daily Journal Article

(10/12)  MAC Volleyball moves to 26-9 with two wins at tri-match.   The Cardinals defeated host Kaskaskia (IL) in two games 30-24 and 30-24.  Jane Latu and Jessica Bollinger led the team with 6 kills each, while Ali Tyson and Jessica Murdick added 7 assists each.  McKendree JV pushed the Cards to 3 games, but MAC perservered to sweep the tri-match 30-17, 29-31 and 15-13.  Statistical Leaders for game 2 included: Kills - Latu and Wines with 9; Assists - Tyson 13 and Lafaele 7; Digs Wisdom 18 and Crider 11.  If the Cards can capture at least 2 more wins this season, it will be the winningest season MAC has had under Coach Cindy Martin. Complete Daily Journal Article

(10/1) Cards drop match to LakeLand CC.  The Cards dropped the match in thre games by the scores of 29-31, 25-30, 19-30 to tradional power-house LakeLand. 

(9/28) The Cards Drop Region 16 Contest at Defending Champion SMS-West Plains. MAC pushed the Grizzlies to four games, but dropped the contest by the scores of 18-30, 23-30, 31-29, and 20-30.  "We competed most of the match, but just couldn't get rolling," commented Coach Cindy Martin.  MAC will have another chance at the five-time (consecutive) defending Region 16 Champions at Home on Thursday, October 28. 

   Statistical Leaders: Kills: Jane Latu-13, Jessica Wines-10, and Jessica Bollinger-9; Assists: Ali Tyson-23, Jessica Murdick-13; Digs: Cassidy Wisdom-23, Colleen Crider-16, and Jessica Murdick-13.

(9/27) The Cardinals win two matches at the Southwestern Illinois Invitational Tournament this past weekend. The Cards competed in round-robin matches against three Nationally Ranked teams over the weekend. MAC started slowly as they lost to 19th ranked Indian Hills CC (Ottumwa, IA) 30-27, 20-30, 30-22, 30-24. The Cards came back to play, according to Coach Martin, “their best match of the year,” as they defeated 4th ranked (Div. II) Kellogg (MI) CC 30-27, 20-30, 30-22, 30-24.  

      Saturday's matches included an exciting match against traditional powerhouse Lake Land (Mattoon, IL) CC winning 23-30, 30-23, 24-30, 30-16, 16-14. They closed out the tournament by dropping a match 30-18, 30-27, 30-25 to the home team, 24th ranked Southwestern Illinois College.
      Individual leaders for the tournament included attack leaders Jane Latu (22) and Jessica Wines (19), dig leader Cassidy Wisdom (78), and assist leader Jessica Murdick (80).

(9/23)  Cards top Lewis & Clark (IL) to move to 22-5 on the season.  The Volleyball Cardinals have come out of the gate strong under third year Head Coach Cindy Martin.  The 22 wins is only 5 behind the most wins the Cards have posted in the Martin era.  Complete Daily Journal Article

(9/20) Cardinals win five out of six matches to capture Second Place at Three Rivers Tournament.   MAC was 4-0 in pool play and also won their semi-final match, which qualified the Cards for the championship match. Although the Cards defeated Northwest Shoals in pool play, Northwest Shoals came out on top in three games by the scores of 30-14, 20-30, and 15-10.  Complete Daily Journal Article

(9/9)  Cardinals beat Three Rivers to move to 12-4 on the season.  The victory moves MAC to 1-1 in the MCCAC and helps Coach Martin reach the win total for last season.  "We have shown improvement, and have a chance to be a really solid team this season," commented Cindy Martin after the game.  Complete Daily Journal Article

(9/8)  Shawnee Keeps Cardinals Grounded.  The Mineral Area College volleyball team played its first home match of the regular season on Tuesday, hosting the same Shawnee club that defeated MAC for the championship of the Lindenwood Tournament on Saturday.  Complete Daily Journal Article

(9/7)  The Volleyball Cardinals grab Second Place at the McKendree Tournament in Lebanon, IL on Labor Day Week-end. The Cards did not lose a game in pool play or in the Tournament, winning their first six matches to reach the finals. But, the winning streak ended at six with a hard fought loss in the Championship game.  Shawnee CC (Ullin, IL) defeated the Cards 34-32 and 30-16 to take home the Tournament Championship.  Complete Daily Journal Article

(9/7)  The Mineral Area College Volleyball Cardinals just completed a week of strong competition as they lost a tough contest to conference rival Jefferson last Tuesday in the MCCAC opener for both teams 30-26, 30-11, 30-24. The Cards had significant leads in games 1 & 3 before losing those games to the defending MCCAC Champions.  The loss drops the Cards to 5-2 on the season and 0-1 in MCCAC contests.

(8/28)  The Mineral Area College Volleyball team has kicked off their season with a bang.  The Cards finished the season opening tournament at MAC with a 5-1 record and won the tournament.  Coach Cindy Martin has assembled a quality squad that should be vastly improved and looks to be a force in Region 16 and the MCCAC Conference. Read the Daily Journal MAC Tournament Article 

(8/25)  The Mineral Area Cardinals volleyball team has high expectations for the 2004 season. Last year the Cardinals finished up 12-23, and Coach Cindy Martin says, "that's not acceptable. We've set goals for ourselves this year."  To Read more of the Daily Journal "Season Preview" Article Click Here.