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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

Cougs are 16-4

Hello everyone! My name is Selena Scudder. I am a setter/defensive specialist and my volleyball jersey number is #3. This is my first year attending Illinois Central College (ICC) and my first year playing volleyball at ICC as well. I am a sophomore transfer student that transferred from Kaskaskia College. I attended Kaskaskia College for my first year of college where I played volleyball as well. I decided to come back home for personal reasons, but I could not be happier with the decision I made. I love being back home with family and I am beyond blessed to be given the opportunity to attend ICC as a student and to play volleyball for them as well.

Moving on, I’ll tell you guys a few things about me. My favorite sport to play and watch is volleyball of course. If I had to choose a chore to do around the house it would be vacuuming the house because I would turn on some good tunes and dance and sing while vacuuming. In five years, I see myself finishing graduate school to become a pediatric physical therapist. The reasons I play volleyball is because I love the game and have so much passion for, but also for my family. My family have been my biggest supporters since day one and I whenever I hit the court for practice and games, I strive to make my family proud. If I could live anywhere it would be Dallas, Texas and my biggest heroes are my mom and grandma. They are the strongest women I know and I hope to be like them some day!

Being a student athlete is hard and rewarding at the same time. The classes I am taking require a lot of time as well as volleyball. Trying to balance them is challenging, but the coaches make it easier for us. The coaches are very understanding when it comes to school because our first priority as a student athlete is school. The coaches constantly tell us that it is school first then volleyball, which I love because if I need a little more time to study or to do homework or if tutoring sessions run a little past practice time, the coaches understand and are happy we’re getting what needs to be done, done on and off the court!

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As for the team and I, we have been working really hard to get where we are. We are currently ranked 6th in the nation and we are continuing to work hard to get even further. We have been working on speeding up our game tempo, working on different plays with different lineups, playing next to someone we usually don’t play next to, working on different things we haven’t done before, trying new things, etc. Our hard work is paying off. We’re winning our games with focus, determination, and leaving everything we have on the floor. Speaking of the team, the ICC volleyball team, has welcomed a new member, Isaiah Anthony-weighing 8lbs 1oz, 19.5”. Our assistant/setting coach, Paloma Simundic, had baby Isaiah a few days ago and we are very excited for coach Paloma and her family. We can’t wait to meet him!

Before I end the blog, I wanted to say that being a part of the Illinois Central College volleyball team has been an amazing experience so far. The team welcomed me with open arms without any questions or judgement and I couldn’t appreciate them more. I have made so many friends and have had a great time with the girls. My teammates and coaches are my family on and off the court.

Be sure to come out and watch us play at home on

Wednesday night 6 pm versus Lincoln Land.  Go Cougs!  

#3 Selena