CCAC Wild Cats Volleyball Team is runner up in the NJCAA Region XX Championship Tournament
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County Wild Cats Volleyball Team finished in second place at the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XX Championship hosted by Butler County Community College (BC3) on Saturday, October 26. The BC3 team took the Region XX title for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Two CCAC students, Abi Cmar and Harper Ercole, were named Region XX All-Tournament players. Other members of the CCAC team are Donna Durrett, Kristen Karcher, Paige Presutti, Jordan Reiff, Donaeya Robinson, Emily Seese and Marah Williams. All of the students attend Boyce Campus except for Reiff, who attends South Campus.
Earlier this month, the Wild Cats also placed second in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) Championship Tournament with Cmar, Ercole and Presutti named to the WPCC All-Conference Team. This is only the third year that CCAC has had a volleyball team following a five-year break, and 2019 marked the first time the team has been in the conference finals since 1993. The team was started in 2016 by Head Coach Scott Smithley and CCAC Math Professor and Assistant Coach Joe Guiciardi.
Smithley remarked that coming in second in the third year since the team got started is “a pretty big jump.” He believes the team has a competitive edge because several of the students played in high school and also in Junior Olympic and club ball programs for years.
“We’ve recruited students that were used to competing at a high level, and we’re seeing the results of these efforts,” said Smithley. He noted that it also helped to have the assistance of Guiciardi, who has extensive coaching experience, including coaching a high school team that won a state title.
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Photo: CCAC Wild Cats Volleyball Team members, flanked by Head Coach Scott Smithley (left) and Assistant Coach Joe Guiciardi, pose with their second-place plaque following the NJCAA Region XX Championship.