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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!!

#Rollcougs

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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!

#RollCougz

 

 

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.

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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!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram – ICCVolleyball – we are counting down the days to our first match.          Cougar Volleyball Schedule 2018

Make the Most of Each Moment

Hi! This is Haley Peterson. I am a setter from Pekin Community High. After this year I will be transferring on to study Horticulture. This summer has been a full schedule and has kept me pretty busy, but it has been one of the greatest summers I have had in a long time. I have taken a full load of classes this summer, especially with majoring in Horticulture. I have been working at the Horticulture Land Lab at ICC for the summer and have been planting in the gardens and maintaining the greenhouses with all of the other student workers. If you have not been out to the lab, I would recommend going out there. It is absolutely gorgeous with all of the annuals in bloom! This summer I went on a college visit to SIU in Carbondale IL, and I fell in love with the campus. Once the college visit was over, my family and I went down to Kentucky Lake and spent a week on the lake tubing, skiing, and relaxing on the beach. My family and I have gone there more many years, and we enjoy it more and more every year.

Along with many other events and activities that have been happening in my life this summer, we as a team, are keeping busy as well. We have been playing sand volleyball once a week and also have been doing morning weight lifting the other days of the week. Also, we have had open gyms once a week to keep working on our skills on the court. We have been using these opportunities to get ready for season, which starts next week! I am so excited to begin my sophomore season and create new memories with a bunch of great teammates.

Being a student athlete can be a challenge sometimes, but it really pushes me to do better in school and in my daily life. It is sometimes hard to be away from home a lot, but it makes me cherish the moments with my family when I am home.

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One of my favorite quotes is, “Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.” This quote has taught me a lot relating to big decisions that I have had to make and will soon be making again. Also it has taught me that each moment is not going to last forever, so I have to make the most of each moment in my life with the all the people I care about.

Till next time!

Haley Peterson #14

Gearing Up for Pre Season

Hello volleyball fans!

This is Jacquelyn Beaver!  I am a sophomore middle hitter from Metamora High School. After this year I will be transferring on to study psychology. My summer has been crazy packed! I took three classes this summer, along with work and of course making time for the game I love!

At home my family welcomed in a kitten and named him Francisco. Although he looks cute on the outside, he can be a real brat! This is my family’s first time having a kitten friend in the home so we are all learning. Some on his favorite hobbies are biting your nose while you sleep, hiding where no one can find him, helping out with homework and cuddling in your arms when he is tired. He is a strange one but has already found a way into our hearts.

Even though I’ve been too busy for any far trips I have been having a lot of fun with family and friends around home! On the fourth of July my sister and I ran the firecracker 5K on the riverfront. This was our second 5K this year and we hope to run more! My sister and I got a chance to take a weekend trip to St. Louis. While we were there we watched Jason Derulo perform under the Arch with fireworks following the concert! This summer I also had tons of opportunities to fish! I set two new fishing records for myself! I feel like I spent almost every day this summer with Jess Norris. We have become like sisters in the last year.

Each summer the ICC players sign up to play in a sand league in Peoria. Jess and I have been loving the competition and the fun that comes with each game! As well as playing sand, we are putting in the time off the court in the weight room. 6:30AM lifts are tough but each of us know that it is the little steps that count. I can’t wait to start preseason and see what talent the freshman will bring with them!

Be sure to come support the team this year and help us on our long road to nationals!  You can find our game schedule icc.edu/athletics!

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Jacquelyn Beaver #8

Wrapping Up Spring Season

Hey it’s Courtney, it’s the first time hearing from me! I am a freshman, middle hitter from Princeton, IL.  In my free time I like to hang out with friends, go watch movies and sleep!  My favorite things to eat are waffles, takis, and mac & cheese.  I’m excited to get an opportunity to write the blog.
This week was our last week of spring season. At practice we had a fun week where we dressed in themes – mix match, tank day, wacky shirt day.  Friday we got in vans and drove to the lake house in Southern Illinois! It was a fun relaxing atmosphere.  We paddle boarded, kayaked and fished. And some of us went for and unexpected swim…. Jackie and I – it was a bit chilly but totally worth it!

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Our tournament on Saturday at John A Logan went well and we had a blast being there.  We played SWIC, Lincoln Trail, Kaskaskia, Logan Alumni, and Logan.  We finished 6-4 in sets for the day.  I’m sad we had to leave!  Our semester is wrapping up with saying goodbye to our sophomore teammates who are graduating and studying for finals.
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Don’t forget to sign up for ICC Volleyball Camp this summer and spread the word – I hope to see you there!
~ Courtney Oeder # 16