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Monday, November 24
Volleyball - at West Plains, Missouri
NJCAA National Tournament
No. 2 Barton v No. 15 Wallace State, Noon
Barton def. Wallace State, 30-9, 30-17, 30-4

Tuesday, November 25
Volleyball - at West Plains, Missouri
NJCAA National Tournament
No. 2 Barton v No. 10 Frank Phillips, 10 am
Barton def. Frank Phillips, 30-19, 30-18, 30-16
No. 2 Barton v No. 3 Southern Idaho, 6 pm
Barton def. S. Idaho, 30-25, 30-26, 31-29

Wednesday, November 26
Volleyball - at West Plains, Missouri
NJCAA National Tournament
Championhip -- No. 2 Barton vs. No. 5 SMS-West Plains, 6 pm
Barton def. West Plains, 30-21, 30-20, 30-25

Home matches are in Bold
Tournament matches are in Italics
* Denotes conference match

NJCAA Tournament Information

NJCAA Bracket

Coach Hunter headed overseas for professional job
In the coaching profession, success often opens up opportunities. That is what has happened for Barton County Community College volleyball coach John Hunter. The Cougar head coach – with the NJCAA National Title under his belt – is on his way to Japan to become an assistant volleyball coach in one of the premier professional volleyball leagues in the World. Hunter tenured his resignation today to the Barton County Board of Trustees at its monthly meeting. The search for a successor will begin immediately.

Ferreira, Caten, Salzano earn All-American honors; Hunter tabbed Coach-of-the-Year
For the 4th time in school history the Barton County Community College volleyball team placed two players on the NJCAA All-American 1st team. Raquel Ferreira and Paula Caten were selected as 1st team All-Americans, which was released Wednesday by the NJCAA. In addition to Ferreira and Caten, Livia Salzano was picked 2nd team, giving the Cougars 3 players honored on the All-American team for the 1st time in school history.

Cougars capture NJCAA National Volleyball Championship
After several years of national success, the Barton County Community College volleyball team reached the pinnacle Wednesday night when the Cougars captured the 2003 NJCAA National Volleyball Championship in West Plains, Mo. The Cougars and Coach John Hunter earned that title by knocking off the host school Southwest Missouri State-West Plains, 30-21, 30-20, 30-27. The win was Barton County’s 45th National Title in schools history, but the 1st in volleyball. The other 44 have come in track and cross country. Barton, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, ended its season with a 34-1 record.

Barton headed to NJCAA title game for 2nd time in school history
The Barton County Community College volleyball team will be making just its 2nd appearance in the NJCAA Volleyball National Tournament after scoring a 30-27, 30-26, 31-29 win over Southern Idaho in the semifinals of the National Tournament in West Plains, Mo. The Cougars, the No. 2 seed will take on the host school Southwest Missouri State-West Plains in the Championships Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The game can be heard live on 104.3 FM in Great Bend. West Plains, the No. 5 seed, beat the No. 1 seed Miami-Dade in semifinal action, winning 15-8 in the deciding game of the match.

Cougars place 3 on All Jayhawk West 1st team; 7 honored
With the Barton County Community College volleyball team heading to the NJCAA Tournament in pursuit of its first NJCAA National Championships, the team was rewarded with several members named to the All Jayhawk West team and All Region VI, District D team. Currently the Cougars are 30-1 as they take their No. 2 NJCAA ranking to the NJCAA tournament this week in West Plains, Mo.

Barton headed to NJCAA Tourney for the 16th straight season
The Barton County Community College volleyball team secured a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament with 3 wins over the weekend at the District D Championships in Hutchinson. Barton opened the 4-team double-elimination bracket by breezing by Colby, 30-9, 30-6, and 30-13 on Saturday. Sunday the Cougars took care of Hutchinson twice, winning 30-17, 30-23, 30-23 in the winner’s bracket final then defeated the Blue Dragons 30-20, 30-12, 30-17 in the Championship. The Cougars, ranked No. 2 in the country, are now 30-1.

Cougars move in District D Final Four with win over Highland
The Barton County Community College volleyball team opened post season play by cruising to a 30-9, 30-8, 30-14 win over Highland Community College Monday night at the Barton County Gym. The improved the No. 2 ranked Cougars to 27-1. Barton County will take on Colby Saturday at 12:30 in District D play in Hutchinson.

Barton closes out regular season with win over Pratt
The Barton County Community College volleyball team rolled to an easy win to wrap up the regular season and with it a share of the Jayhawk West title. It is the 3rd straight year the Cougars have won or tied for the West title. Barton achieved that by defeating Pratt on the road 30-9, 30-9, 30-18. Barton, ranked No. 2 in the country, is now 26-1 overall and 7-1 in the West. The Cougars will host Highland Monday at 5:30 pm in Region VI, District D 1st round action. That contest will be followed by the Barton County women’s basketball season opener against the Newman JV at 7 pm. Admission to both events is free.

Cougars roll by No. 13 ranked Hutchinson in West play
The Barton County Community College volleyball team knocked off their 6th ranked team in the past 11 matches, defeating Hutchinson 30-26, 30-14, 30-21 at the Barton County Gym Wednesday night in Jayhawk Conference. The win gave Barton an 11-match winning steak and improved the No. 2 team in the country to 25-1 overall and 6-1 in the West. The 6-1 mark has the Cougars tied atop the standings with No. 12 Seward County. Hutchinson fell to 36-5 overall and 6-2 in the West.

Barton rolls by two more ranked foes in 3-0 weekend in Liberal
The Barton County Community College volleyball team continued its successful run with ranked foes by defeating two more ranked teams over the weekend at the Seward County Invitational in Liberal. The Cougars were 3-0 on the weekend. The Cougars were to play four games at the event but the schedule was revised due to the funeral services of Seward County president Dr. James Grote on Friday. Barton did not play Seward County. The No. 2 ranked Cougars are now 24-1 on the season and are riding a 10-match winning streak that includes wins over 5 ranked teams – 4 in the Top 10.

Barton’s Salzano named NJCAA volleyball Player-of-the-Week
Barton County Community College freshman Livia Salzano has been the volleyball Player-of-the-Week by the NJCAA for her efforts in helping Barton County to a 6-0 record over the weekend in Hillsboro, Mo. at the Jefferson College Invitational.

Barton climbs to No. 2 in poll after big weekend; set to face 3 more ranked teams
The Barton County Community College volleyball team reached its highest ranking of the season today when the NJCAA released its most recent volleyball poll. The Cougars, despite losing their only game of the season last week, climbed from No. 3 to No. 2 thanks to a 6-0 weekend which included a win over No. 1 ranked Miami-Dade. The win over Miami-Dade ended a 76-match winning streak for the Sharks. Barton also beat No. 4 Southwest Missouri State-West Plains and No. 7 Jefferson College over the weekend as well.

Cougars impressive in sweeping through ranked foes in Missouri
If responding to a loss is any indication of how good a team is then the Barton County Community College volleyball team must be pretty good. The No. 3 ranked Cougars rebounded from their only loss of the season, a Jayhawk West home setback to No. 17 Seward County, by knocking off the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 7 teams in the country as they swept through the Jefferson College Invitational in Hillsboro, Missouri with a perfect 6-0 mark. The Cougars are now 21-1 on the season.

Barton volleyball loses for 1st time this season
The Barton County Community College volleyball team fell to defeat for the first time this season Monday night when Jayhawk West foe Seward County came to Great Bend and pulled off the upset of the No. 3 ranked Cougars. Seward County defeated the Cougars by a 30-28, 30-27, 30-25 score to drop Barton to 15-1 overall and 5-1 in the West. Seward, who entered the game with a No. 17 ranking, improves to 16-7 overall and 5-1 in the West as well.

Cougars earn West win over Colby; remain unbeaten
The Barton County Community College volleyball team kept its perfect season in tact with a Jayhawk West win over Colby Wednesday night at the Barton County Gym. The Cougars won the contest 30-17, 30-18, 30-17 to move to 15-0 for the season and 5-0 in West play. The win keeps the Cougars tied atop the Jayhawk West with Hutchinson at 5-0. Seward County fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in the conference Wednesday night when they fell to Dodge City in a thrilling 5-game match.

No. 4 Cougars impressive in Hometown Brand Center Classic
The Barton County Community College volleyball team remained unbeaten this season, going 3-0 over the weekend at its own tournament, winning the Hometown Brand Center Classic. The tournament involved 3 ranked teams, including Barton. Barton, ranked No. 4, knocked off Cowley County, No. 7 Jefferson College and No. 12 Seward County to run its mark to 14-0 this season. Jefferson College was 2nd with Seward 3rd and Cowley 4th.

Barton wins at Butler to move to 4-0 in Jayhawk West; 11-0 overall
The Barton County Community College volleyball team remained unbeaten on the season with a 30-8, 30-10, 30-21 win at Butler County Wednesday night. The win moved Barton to 11-0 for the season and 4-0 in Jayhawk West play. The win was the 3rd conference road win for Barton this season. Barton has just one West road game remaining.

Cougars remain No. 4; host powerful Hometown Brand Center Classic this weekend
The Barton County Community College volleyball team remained in the No. 4 spot in the NJCAA’s latest poll this week. The Cougars are now 10-0 for the season and 3-0 in Jayhawk West play. The Cougars will put their unbeaten season on the line this weekend when they host the Hometown Brand Center Classic at Barton County. The Cougars will be 1 of 3 ranked teams in the event, including a pair of Top 10 teams.

Cougars move to 3-0 in West; earn 22nd straight Jayhawk win
The Barton County Community College volleyball team kept its spot at the top of the Jayhawk West with a conference win over Garden City Wednesday night at the Barton County Gym. The No. 4 ranked Cougars won the match by a 30-20, 30-13, 30-22 score to move to 3-0 in the West and 10-0 overall. Garden City fell to 0-3 and 3-9. It was the 22nd straight Jayhawk West win for the Cougars, dating back to 2000.

Cougars ranked No. 4 in first NJCAA volleyball poll of season
The Barton County Community College volleyball team landed in the No. 4 spot in the NJCAA’s 1st poll of the season that came out today. The Cougars are one of four teams from the Jayhawk West that cracked the Top 20 poll. Barton, which finished 5th last season, came in behind Miami-Dade County, Southwest Missouri State-West Plains, and the College of Southern Idaho. The Cougars are off to a 9-0 start on the season and are currently 2-0 in the Jayhawk West. Barton County will open at home Wednesday when they host Garden City in a 6:30 p.m. Jayhawk West battle at the Barton County Gym.

Barton volleyball moves to 2-0 in West; 9-0 overall
The Barton County Community College volleyball team won its 2nd Jayhawk West road contest of the year Wednesday night, defeating Dodge City 30-20, 30-8, 28-30, 30-15. The moved the Cougars to 2-0 in the West and 9-0 overall this season.