The Next Chapter

Hey Cougar Fans!

It has been a super long time since I have been able to talk to you all, so let me update you on everything that has been happening! I have decided to change my major to secondary education in english and literature arts. I enjoy reading and writing with a passion, and this way I will be able to do it everyday of my life.

Another huge update on my life is that I have officially decided where I am going to play volleyball at the next two years. The past few months I have been going on visits and trying to decide on this huge decision. I have decided that I am going to continue my education and athletic career playing volleyball for Illinois Wesleyan University! I am super excited for this opportunity and can not wait for the next two years. I know that you all have not heard from my best friend and fellow teammate, Jackie Beaver for a while, so I will update you on her exciting news. This semester Jackie moved to Grand Rapids Michigan and has been attending Ferris State. She has also decided to play volleyball there!

Sadly, this will be my final blog for ICC volleyball. With that being said, I would like to thank some people that have entered my life along the way. I would like to thank TR for being there for all of us when we are injured or even when we just need to smile. Another person who makes everyone smile when we walk in the room is Trish. Trish is another one of our coaches that always knows how to keep us positive and looking forward to the next play. Janelle has especially been important in my career because she was also a middle hitter. Thank you Janelle for always helping me become the best middle that I can become.

I would also like to say thank you to Sam for pushing us everyday at practice and always making us work our hardest. Our athletic trainer Mike also deserves a lot of credit. Without him we would not be in the healthy conditions that we are all in now. Emma, Reilly, and Nicole for coming in on their own time to help us at practice. Also a huge thank you to our manager Jamison for coming to practice every day and playing against us to push us to be better.

My final thank you goes out to Sue Sinclair. The past two years have been the best years of my life. You introduced me to my best friends and brought so many wonderful people into my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity that you have given to me. I am excited to see where you take your teams in the future. Thank you for everything that you have taught me on and off the court. I owe the past few years to you. Thank you to everyone who has impacted me these past two years.

For the last time, Jessica Norris #12

Spring ’19

Sophomore Outside Hitter Mary O’Brien here with the blog this week. It has been awhile since we have chatted last, and we have a lot to catch up on. The Cougars are back in the gym and working hard this spring season. The off season is a great opportunity to hit the weight room and train on the court as well. This spring we have been working really hard to get stronger, faster and more explosive. It has been really fun to watch the team improve our athleticism and in turn translate that over to our court play. We recently had our first spring tournament at University of Illinois at Springfield. It felt great to get back on the court and play against teams other than ourselves. We played three matches against UIS, Milliken University and Illinois College. Each match was extremely competitive and fun. It’s always exciting to play against various different four-year schools as it gives us the opportunity to experience other styles of play.


This spring has been really great, and it is hard to believe that my two years at ICC are coming to a close. This past week I signed with Missouri State University as I plan to continue my academic and athletic career. I could not be more excited for the opportunity to play at the next level and join such a strong program. Choosing a new school is no easy task but I know I have made the right decision to join the Missouri State family, it is the perfect fit for me. Missouri State offers a very strong Business program that I will be majoring in and I also really love the proximity to home. Not to mention the amazing coaches, players and opportunity to play in the Missouri Valley conference. With that being said I cannot give enough thanks to all who have helped me reach this point. I want to thank my family, teammates, friends, the whole ICC staff and especially Sue for all that they have done over the past two years. Coming to ICC has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. These past two years have been nothing short of amazing. ICC has given countless opportunities and tools to be successful academically, athletically and in life. I cannot wait to see what this next phase of life brings for all our sophomores and I am confident that they will all do well because of the core values that have been forged at ICC. Thanks for reading! #RollCougz


Season Reflections

Hello everyone! My name is Sam Garcia and I was #3 this year for ICC’s volleyball team. I am a sophomore here at ICC although this is my first year playing volleyball. I am also on the softball team. I am majoring in Accounting and plan on transferring to a four year university to get my masters in Financial Accountancy. I enjoy spending my time with my friends and family when I am not at practice or work.

This season was a very enjoyable one! From our very first adventure of traveling to the high ropes course then to Texas and our pink out game. Although our season is over, we have several things to be proud of. We overcame adversity several times, improved our volleyball IQ and grew together as players. The girls are getting back at it in the weight room. Maddie McCunn and I will be moving on to softball so we won’t get to be with the team in the spring.


It was definitely not easy to play volleyball again since I had been out of practice for two years but everyone made it so easy to get back into the swing of things. I really can’t thank all of my teammates and coaches enough for how much they pushed and encouraged me throughout the season.

The Finale

Hello! My name is Maddie McCunn #13 and I am a freshman setter from Eureka High School. I am majoring in Nursing and I’m also on the softball team here at ICC! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and being outdoors.

The last three months went by super fast! It felt like it was just yesterday we were doing team building activities during pre-season. This past Wednesday, we played Southwestern Illinois College at home for our first round of playoffs. We also celebrated our sophomores as they played their last game in Ramsey Gym. Coming out with lots of energy, we ended up defeating SWIC in 4 sets. Friends and family members celebrated with us at the end of the match and provided cake and punch!

This Saturday we made the trip down to Lewis & Clark to face Lincoln Land. This game determined if we made it to Nationals in West Virginia or not. Unfortunately, Lincoln Land came out on top, but we put so much heart into the game. Despite the loss, we still had fun on the court with each other. I, along with the other freshmen, will miss every sophomore immensely and will miss all the jokes we had on and off the court. Thanks to all of the coaches who put in hours of time to the sport of volleyball! The cougs will be back at it next semester, but unfortunately, Sam Garcia and I will not be there due to the softball season!

#RollCougz for life!!



Hey everybody! Im #18 Brooke Hammer a freshman outside/right side hitter from Limestone High School! I enjoy spending time with my family and enjoying the outdoors!

Being apart of this team has brought me new friends and great experiences. This week the Cougs have been working hard with a full week of practice before our tournament at Parkland. We fought hard and ended 4-0 at Parkland (woohoo)!  We hope to see you next Wednesday for Sophomore night against SWIC at 6pm!!!

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Mid-Season Update

I am Addie Pals #6, a freshman setter from Riverton High School in Riverton, IL. My major is Special Education and I’d like to eventually get a Master’s Degree in Administration. In my free time, I like to visit my family at home and try new foods.

These past few months have been full of new experiences and people. I’ve made lot of new friends that I have a bunch of fun playing volleyball with! I’ve really enjoyed my first few months here at ICC and I’m so glad I chose to be here for my first two years of college!

This past week, us Cougars have been spending a lot of time in the gym practicing and preparing for our upcoming matches. We traveled to Southwestern Illinois College on Thursday in Belleville, IL and got a W! We got a three day weekend after our game to rest up and recover for our upcoming weeks. The next week we played a very important match against Parkland! We also played a home tournament Friday and Saturday this weekend where we went 2-2. Tonight we are on the road in Springfield, IL to face Lincoln Land!! IMG_2733.JPG

Home Tournament

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I am Maddie Malinowski #1 from Bloomington Central Catholic High School and transfer from Lincoln College. In my free time I love to be with my family and friends.


These past months on the volleyball team have been very great to be a part of. I have learned so much as an individual and a player on and off the court. This past week we have had a long week of practices that have been very drill oriented to help us with all of the little things we need to work on. We have focused a lot on team skills and individual skills. We also had some fun before practice with Janelle and team bonding with some blindfolded dodgeball. All of us were matched up together and we had to let the person without the blindfold guide us. This weekend we had a tournament at home with three region matches Frontier, Rend Lake, and John Wood. This week of practice definitely prepared us for this tournament. We came out 4-0 for the weekend! Hope to see you back here next week for some more Cougar Volleyball news!

Join us Wednesday at 6:00 pm at home for our Dig Pink match! Wear pink and come support the cougars against Lewis and Clark!!




Tournament Weekend

Hey everyone!

This is Ciela Tamayo #4. I am a freshman outside/ right side hitter from Illini Bluffs High School. In my free time I love to hangout with friends, listen to music, and be outdoors.

The past month has been full of changes, which is great! I moved into campus housing, became apart of a new team, started college, and have made so many new friends. I am so glad I decided to play volleyball here at ICC! Last weekend we were in Sugar Grove for the Waubonsee Tournament. It was a great time!! After playing on Saturday we ate dinner at Maggianos, an expensive Italian place that did not disappoint. Then we went to the hotel and played games together like slap-tillioso (I won). On Sunday we ate breakfast at the hotel, went to play 2 more games, then those of us that rode the bus home got to eat Mexican food. Overall we finished the tournament 2-2 and I had a great time with my team! Stay tuned for when we take on Texas this weekend!




Cougars Finish Pre Season

#16 Courtney Oeder aka your favorite cougar! This week we finished up the last of pre season. On Friday we went to Great Oaks Park and did the high ropes course. It was a great time we learned how to over come fear, work together, and support each other.

On Sunday we had an athlete mixer with a whole bunch of games. We were split up into 10 different teams and competed against one another. It was a fun time to talk with other athletes.

We hope to see you tonight 5 pm @ the CougarPlex for our home opener!

Pre Season has begun

Hi Cougar Nation! Number 12 Jess Norris here to get you all excited about our upcoming season! I am a returning sophomore middle hitter from Washington. After this year I will be transferring on to study accounting. I have been extremely busy this summer. I have been balancing our summer workouts, a job, classes, and family time. This summer my family went to Florida and Disney World once again. Every year we enjoy the most magical place more and more.

One of my favorite things about the summer means sand volleyball! My sand partner is my best friend and teammate Jackie Beaver, we did very well this sand session and are excited to take our talents onto the court once again! One thing about me that I have shared before is that I love to read, so when our coaches told us that we would be reading a book together over the summer I was so excited! The book that our team has been reading is Pound The Stone by Joshua Medcalf. This is by far one of my favorite reads ever as it shows not only how to be a better athlete, but how to be a better leader and teammate as well.


This past week we started our preseason and we have been working extremely hard! Our passion for the game will push us through the next few weeks of preseason until we get to start our matches! Next weekend on Saturday August 11th, we have our annual Alumni scrimmage 1pm @ CougarPlex.  We hope you will  come watch and help us kick off our season and meet our incoming cougars. I hope to see you all there and cheering us on this upcoming season!

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