Lake Land College, which has won eight of its last 10 matches, will seek its first national tournament berth since 2002 when it hosts the Midwest District B Tournament this Saturday at Laker Fieldhouse.
The Lakers finished runner-up in last week’s Region 24 competition to qualify for this single-elimination tournament. Lake Land (23-14) plays in a semifinal at 1 p.m. against Indian Hills Community College (33-3), the runner up in the Iowa Region and the sixth-ranked NJCAA team in the nation.
Missouri State University–West Plains (16-18), the winner of the Missouri region, and Kaskaskia (22-13), the third-place team from Region 24, play n the first semifinal at 11 a.m. The winners will face off at 5 p.m.
Lake Land, 10-1 in home matches this season, ranks second nationally for digs. Ashlyn Clem has a team-high 603, a 4.54 digs average per set. Ashlyn Macdonald lead the Lakers in kills at 296, followed closely by Caroline Moreira (288), Maria Gentry (283) and Katie Tarkington (270), who has a team-high kill percentage of .403.
Lake Land won the right to host this tournament by finishing second at last week’s Region 24 tournament after knocking off Shawnee Community College and upsetting second-seeded Vincennes University in four sets. The Lakers lost in the championship to John A. Logan, which is hosting another district qualifying tournament.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for K-12 students and senior citizens.