The 2015 volleyball season is nearing the end of the season, but that doesn't mean they are slowing down. Not only have four of the Lady Lopes been named to the Region 9 All-Region Team, but they are also looking forward to the upcoming Region 9 Tournament starting this Wednesday, November 4, in Sterling, Colorado.
Sophomore Karina Grajeda is an outside hitter from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is an aggressive attacker and plays scrappy defense. She averages 2.17 kills and 3.87 digs per set. She is one of two returning players to have received post-season honors and was named to the All-Tournament Team last season.
TaNille Williams is a sophomore middle hitter from Long Beach, California. Not only is she an aggressive attacker, but she is also a big blocking presence on the court. In her freshman season she was ranked 2nd in blocks and 4th in attacking percentage in a season, as well as being named to the All-Tournament Team at the Region Tournament. So far this season she has made 87 solo blocks, earning her the second place ranking in the country and 139 total blocks, ranking 13th in the country. She has greatly contributed to the team's blocking stats, making the Lady Lopes 4th in the nation for solo blocks and 12th for total blocks.
Tanaia Hansen is a freshman opposite side hitter from Eads, Colorado. She has aided Williams in putting up big blocking numbers including 31 solo blocks putting her at 53rd in the nation.
Freshman Andreia Bomfim is a libero from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She is a consistent force in the Lopes back row; she is currently ranked 17th in the nation for digs, averaging 4.27 digs per set.
"Our emphasis this year was on the defensive side of the court. It has shown up in the stats. These ladies have put in the work and are seeing the rewards of that hard work," said Head Coach Brandon Stephenson.
The Lady Lopes are currently the #4 seed going into the Region 9 South Tournament, to be held November 4-6 at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. LCC will play the second game of the tournament at 7:00pm on Wednesday, where they will take on #5 seed Trinidad State Junior College. If they win, they will play #1 seed Western Nebraska at 11:00am on Thursday.
Follow the Lopes through the Region Tournament through up-to-date information and live streaming at www.gonjc.com.