RVC’s national championship bid comes up just short

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Ashley Scott delivered the match-winning point on a kill from the right side as No. 2 Owens Community College (29-7) became the first NJCAA Division III volleyball team to capture three consecutive national championships with a thrilling 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 15-12 win over No. 1 Rock Valley (34-8) at the Regional Sports Center on Saturday.

Maddie White, who had team-highs in kills (21) and digs (17) while adding five assists and three blocks in the championship match, was named the MVP of the national tournament. Sydnie Meinke and Emily Fallis each earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Owens head coach Sonny Lewis was also named the NJCAA Division III Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive season.

“I’m just so happy for the players,” Lewis said. “After not playing last year and having almost an entirely new team, they worked hard this whole year to get to this point. I’m proud of them.”

The Express are now 40-3 in postseason play over the past six seasons with three national titles, a national runner-up finish, a third-place finish and a ninth-place finish. Since moving to the Division III level, the Red and White are 22-0 over the past three seasons, and they have dropped just five total sets over those 22 matches.

RVC finishes the season with a 34-8 record. This was the Golden Eagles best finish at Nationals since 2012 when the won the last of their three national championships.

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