The Fashion Institute of Technology Women’s Volleyball Team clinched the 2011 NJCAA Region XV volleyball championship, defeating defending champions Nassau Community College 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 17-25, 25-12). The win earns the team a berth into the NJCAA Division III National Championships which are held in Rochester, Minnesota November 10th-12th.
After losing a very close match to Nassau early in the regular season, the Tigers went on to win 13 straight matches, and 15 of their last 16, before getting the rematch with Nassau in the Championship game. Sparked by this dominant trend, the Tigers fascinated the fans with their overpowering defensive efforts and amazing serving ability to dominate the Lions in the finals. Outside hitter Kayla Kalleberg and middle hitter Enya McNiece each had 7 kills, while Ariane Datil and Casey Buie pounded down 6 kills each.
This shared offensive responsibility was successfully created by freshman setter and Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP), Lauren Curley. According to Coach Auguste, “Lauren Curley is the engine that propelled our team to regional success. As a freshman and setter she orchestrated our offense in a manner that brought energy and consistency to our team. She received a deserving award and I am very proud of her.”
In addition, to the MVP award, two All Tournament Team awards went to FIT’s 1st Team All Region recipients; Casey Buie and Kayla Kalleberg. The coaching staff and players would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all the parents and supporters this season.