Titans win against North Platte, move on to consolation bracket finals

Volleyball team photo
The Terra State Titans women's volleyball team shows off their district championship shirts. 

Terra State Community College women’s volleyball had the longest match yet during their time at the NJCAA DII national championship. The no. 15 seed Titans came out victorious against no. 11 North Platte in five sets 13-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9.

It was a back-and-forth game, with North Platte taking a quick lead to win the first set, but the Titans took the lead on the second. The third set was close, but North Platte won to further their lead. The Titans had no trouble in the fourth and fifth sets, winning by 7 points in the fourth set and 6 in the fifth to win the match.

The team continues to add to their individual statistics. Tyriana Settles had 26 kills, just two shy of tying her previous school record of 28 kills in a match. Melissa Groudle scored five aces and Settles was just behind her with four aces. Karagyn Durco added 54 more assists. Abby Yost had another 13 digs, and Durco was very close with 10 digs.

“This whole experience has been one for the record books,” said head coach Stephanie Champine, “We came out looking nervous and started out not taking care of all the little things that lead to big outcomes. We battled back taking that second set. The team did not want to make tonight our last match. They play with heart, and they fight hard. We are grateful to have the opportunity to compete this season, and the girls have loved every minute of this experience. We are thankful for everyone supporting us from home and having President Schumacher here to cheer us on has been incredible.”

The Titans will take on the no. 9 seed Grand Rapids Community College Raiders today at 10 a.m. The winner of this game will take home the ninth-place finish.