NIACC opens regular season this weekend

NIACC players celebrate a point in last Friday's scrimmage against Iowa Central.
NIACC players celebrate a point in last Friday's scrimmage against Iowa Central.

What's next: The NIACC volleyball team opens its regular season Friday and Saturday at the Waubonsee CC Invitational in Sugar Grove, Ill. The Lady Trojans face Macomb CC and Owens CC on Friday and play Glen Oaks CC and No. 12 (NJCAA Division II) McHenry County College on Saturday.

Leading the way: NIACC returns five sophomores from last year's team that was 8-23 overall and 1-7 in the ICCAC. Returning for the Lady Trojans are Shelby Heston, Hannah Wagner, Sydney Roush, Connor Gauch and Jordana Foote.

Home opener: The Lady Trojans open their home season Wednesday, Aug. 29 against Southwestern in an ICCAC match, which starts at 7 p.m. in the NIACC gym. Southwestern has won two straight matches in the series against NIACC. The last NIACC win in the series came in the 2015 season with the Lady Trojans winning 3-1.

Trojan tidbits: Wagner was a second-team all-NJCAA Region XI selection as a freshman … Wagner recorded 278 kills in 2017 … Heston was a second-team all-NJCAA Region XI-A selection as a freshman … Heston recorded 223 kills as a freshman … Roush recorded 799 assists as a freshman, which ranked sixth in the ICCAC … Chris Brandt begins her ninth season as coach of the Lady Trojans … Brandt is 0-1 all-time vs. Owens CC and Glen Oaks CC … This will be Brandt's first meetings against Macomb CC and McHenry County College.