Valuable Life Lessons

Hi Cougar Fans!

Our 2017 season has come to a close, but it was definitely one of the most memorable ones yet (in my humble opinion). Throughout this season, we had accomplished several amazing things whether it was having several weekends where we went 4-0, or making Sue laugh as much as possible. Having our season end before we had the chance to go to nationals was a very emotional moment, but all the great wins, team laughs, and overall fantastic experiences we had over this season made it a successful one.

My two years within the ICC volleyball program have taught me some very valuable life lessons that I will carry with me to the professional world as well. This is because in addition to all the physical training we do, we do an incredible amount of mental training that has helped me on and off the court. Learning life skills such as resiliency, positive thinking, and focus has most definitely impacted my way of thinking in a most positive way. I am sure that these skills will be put to use in my future endeavors!

It is still strange for me to think about that this past season was my last season of playing an organized sport. I have played volleyball since I was in 6th grade, so living a life without having practices at least 3 times a week is going to take some adjusting to. However, I am very excited to continue my education at Florida International University next semester in Miami, FL! I will be studying international business there and possibly even studying abroad one more time. It will be quite the change from living in the Midwest, but I am beyond excited to experience a new culture and see everything Miami has to offer!

I am very fortunate to have spent the last two years playing volleyball for ICC. I will never forget all the amazing experiences and opportunities I have been able to have here, along with all the people I have met along the way. Moving on is bittersweet, but I will always remember my time here.

-Maria Alferova #1


My Last Season as a Cougar

Hey Cougar fans!

I can’t believe my last season as a cougar is finished.  Although, there were so many memories made here that I’ll never forget; whether that be the friendships, bus rides on the cougar cruiser, or even just the hard-fought games.  It sure has been a ride, but sadly my volleyball career has come to an end.  I could not be more thankful for the coaches that have put in the time and effort to help me to succeed as the player and person that I have become.  I could not have done it without all of you!  As for my professors, I couldn’t have asked for better ones for these first couple years of college.  College is such a transition and these teachers made it so easy, especially with being an athlete.

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Through these years, I saw myself grow tremendously, on and off the court.  Along the way, I was able to coach club volleyball and attend FCA camp where I taught girls what I know, which was a blessing in disguise.  I had the opportunity to teach younger girls the sport that I learned to love so much in hopes of them seeing the opportunities it can bring.  It will be a transition going from playing volleyball every day to only playing when I get the chance.  From my experience at ICC I know it’ll only benefit my future endeavors and for that I am so thankful.

As for next semester, I will be transferring to the University of Iowa where I will major in communication with a minor in public relations along with a certificate in event planning.  Eventually, once I’m done with school I hope to come back to become an event planner around the central Illinois area.  I’m very excited to start my journey and see where it takes me!

Lastly, I want to thank my family and friends for the continual love & support, along with following me wherever I went & continue to go.  As always…  Go cougars!

Leah TerBush #6

2017 Comes to a Close, 29-10

Hey cougar fans!!  My name is Jodi Daniel, I am a freshman DS from Metamora! (#5) My two biggest pet peeves are people who are not aware of their surroundings and those who smack their gum.  I would prefer to visit Alaska over Hawaii, the cold and snow over the beach any day.  I am studying nursing at ICC.  My favorite memory this season was when we were riding up to one of our tournaments in the van. TR was driving and had to slam on her breaks and Sue got scared and let out a loud turkey gobble and the whole van was in tears from laughing so hard. One of my favorite verses I live by and play by is Philippians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”

This past week has been pretty emotional, we went into post season play focused and ready to fight for every point.  Wednesday night we had an exciting win against Lewis-and-Clark and had the opportunity to honor our eight sophomores.  We had a great crowd and enjoyed a cake and punch reception following the match.  Thank you to our family, friends, and fans we appreciate your support.

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Saturday afternoon we had a team meal, watched some game film and headed to Lincoln College for the District championship match.  Unfortunately it didn’t turn out like we had planned, and we lost to Lincoln Land.  It’s always hard to close out a season.  On the upside, I have made some pretty great friends and some great memories.  I am grateful for the time that I had to play along side the sophomores.  We finished our season 29-10 and I had four teammates recognized on the all region team: Kenzie Rhodes & Claire Milnes 1st team, Leah Terbush 2nd team, and Mary O’Brien Honorable Mention.  Way to represent our team, I’m proud to be a Cougar.

Sunday, we signed our first two players for our 2018-19 season.  We are excited to have them join the team.  Welcome, Maddie McCunn, setter from Eureka High School, & Addison Pals, a setter from Riverton High School.


Until next time… Jodi Daniel #5

Cougar Pride

Hey Cougar fans!

Its Mary OBrien (#11) Freshman outside hitter from Peoria, IL! Here are a few things about me, to help you get to know me better: I was born and raised in Peoria, I have two older brothers and one older sister. I love shopping for deals at consignment shops, keeping my room clean and hanging out with my family. When I am not at school or volleyball you can most likely find me napping or babysitting. If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life- it would be chicken. Once, in high school I won a eating competition at lunch, eating 8 chicken patties (with buns), in 30 minutes. This is now a school record. Haha!


This past weekend we traveled to Champaign for a two day tournament at Parkland College. On Friday, we faced Carl Sandburg College and IVCC. We won both games. The matches were very exciting and hard fought. The tournament was a great opportunity to face some tough competition and compete against strong NJCAA teams. On Saturday, we faced McHenry and Sauk Valley. Both of which are ranked in the top 20 according to the NJCAA poll. We started off the day with a 3-0 win against McHenry. Later we played Sauk Valley, it was an intense game full of heart and hustle. Unfortunately we lost 3-2. We are excited to finish our regular season 28-9 and prepare for our post season play.

To finish off our fun weekend of volleyball we celebrated Halloween a few days early as a team. The whole team dressed up in costumes, and enjoyed some delicious treats and fun games. Check out our awesome costumes in the picture down below!


This week we have two days of practice before heading into the semi-final District match.   Also Wednesday night is Sophomore night, so come out and support your Lady Cougs as we take on Lewis & Clark. The game is at 6pm at the CougarPlex.

Thanks for reading and supporting ICC Volleyball! Mary O’Brien #11

25-8 One Week Left Till Post Season

Hello Cougar fans! It’s Brooke Gardner (#13). I am a sophomore, and I play outside for ICC. Here are a few things about me to help you get to know me: I was born and raised in a little town called Princeville, IL. I love to joke around and lighten the mood with my teammates. Most of my favorite memories come from sports, but my favorite would have to be winning our sectional championship for softball my senior year. We went on that year to get second in state, but the reason the sectional championship was my favorite memory is because it was one of the most competitive game I have ever been a part of (14 innings), and my team got to come out on top! I love games that are a challenge, because it makes winning that much sweeter. That’s why I always look forward to playing a tough team!

We did not have any week day games this week, so that meant it was an eventful week of practices! When we were off floor for practices, we worked mentally, and when we were on floor, we worked physically. One of my favorite things about ICC volleyball is when we take the time during practice to watch some videos, or talk about things that really make you think deeper about things. This week, we came up with a mantra for ourselves. A mantra is sort of like a statement that you can repeat to yourself for concentration or to remind yourself of something. I think it is really important to make your mantra specific to yourself. My mantra is “I will not fear failure”. This is important for me to repeat myself to help boost my confidence, even outside of volleyball.
This past weekend, we went 1-3 in the Jefferson College tournament. Although we did not have the outcomes we wished for, we got to see some great competition to help better prepare us for the post season (which is what is most important). We also came away with some positives, like building team chemistry, and figuring out how to use that to become and even better team. We are looking forward to this weekend’s matches at Parkland College! On Friday, we will be facing Carl Sandburg and IVCC. Then this Saturday we play McHenry and Sauk Valley. It is going to be another fun weekend filled with lots of volleyball and tough competition.

Cougars go 4-0 at Home

Hi Cougar fans!!

I am Mallory Flynn (#2) and I am a freshman setter/defensive specialist from Monmouth, IL. I’ll tell you a few things about myself so you can get to know me. I have played volleyball since I was in fourth grade and I actually played with the exact same group of girls then that I did all throughout high school. Even though I love volleyball, my favorite sport to watch is gymnastics. I used to be a gymnast for four years, but quit when I was nine so I could start volleyball. When I was little, about second grade, I decided that I wanted to be a dental hygienist. It was a very odd thing for a young girl to want to be but I remember dressing up as a dental hygienist on our career day at school and loving it. I haven’t changed a bit, I want to still be a dental hygienist and I plan to enter that program next year at ICC!

We didn’t have any matches throughout this week but during practices we worked hard and stayed focus to prepare for our home tournament. We ended up going undefeated (4-0) for the whole weekend at our home tournament and this made all the hard work in practice totally worth it!  We had four great wins over Southwestern College, Fort Scott, Kaskaskia, and Lincoln Trail. We fought hard in every game for these wins and never gave up when we were down.Thanks to all our fans who came out to support us. This coming weekend we will take a road trip to a tournament at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri where we will face Jefferson College, Cloud County, Iowa Western, and MSU West Plains.


Being a student athlete is very challenging, but it has taught me how to manage my time. I have been surprised by how much opportunity I have to do my homework throughout the day before I head practice. I love being able to continue playing volleyball and make lifelong friends along the way!

Home Tournament this Weekend

Hey Cougar Fans!!!
It’s Claire Milnes (#10), it’s been awhile since I’ve wrote to all of you!! I am in my sophomore year here at ICC. This year I got the opportunity to join the Paralegal program. This was very exciting for as I did not think I would work with my volleyball schedule. It is a lot of work juggling my Paralegal class load during season, but it’s worth it.
This past week we got the opportunity to play Lincoln Land again and sadly it did not have the result that we wanted. This is not the end of the world though. This loss has put more drive into our team that will help us push through the end of our season into post season.   After a few hard days of practice we then traveled to Springfield for Lincoln Land’s home tournament. At this tournament we were able to come out with four good wins versus: John A. Logan, Frontier, Saint Louis, and Harper.  In a couple of these matches we had to fight hard and overcome things not within our control, but we were able to pull together and come out victorious.  We finished the weekend 20-5.
In light of our weekend Sue gave us the day off of physical practice on Monday, we focused on film review. I thought this was beneficial because we compared film of ourselves to that of USC and UCLA. This  forced us to realize what we all have to improve upon. Now off to practice as we prepare for our home tournament this coming weekend! I hope so see you all there! Friday we play at 5 and 7 pm and on Saturday our matches are at noon & 4.
Click the link at the top of the blog to go to our schedule and be sure to check the extra page of pictures from our season.  Thanks to David Crossett and D.C. Arts n’ Photography for capturing us in action on the court, they do such a great job!
I am so proud of our Cougz so far this season and can’t wait to see what the rest of it brings! Thanks for reading💛💙
Claire Milnes #10