Conquistadors must slay Goliath
By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 21, 2000
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Pasco-Hernando Community College walked out of last year's NJCCA volleyball tournament in shock.
The Conquistadors were unceremoniously sent home with losses in their first two matches.
PHCC was ready to forget about its first visit to the national tournament.
As PHCC prepared for its second visit, first-year coach Sam Cibrone wanted his sophomores to think back.
He wanted them to remember the feeling of being overmatched. And Cibrone wanted them to keep that from happening again.
"Luckily most of my team is sophomores. They've all been there. They know the shell-shocked effect is over," Cibrone said."
PHCC (30-8) had a true Goliath to slay in its tournament opener Monday in Overland Park, Kan. The Conquistadors met the College of Southern Idaho (46-5).
NJCCA Div. I volleyball championships
WHEN: The tournament started Monday and continues through Wednesday.
WHERE: Bailey Ann Okun Activity Center in Overland Park, Kan.
FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS: No. 6 College of Southern Idaho (46-5) vs. No. 11 Pasco-Hernando (30-8); No. 7 Barton County (Kan.) (47-4) vs. No. 10 Iowa Western (39-5); No. 2 Western Nebraska (49-1) vs. Illinois Central (30-25); No. 1 Miami-Dade (29-0) vs. Vernon Regional (Texas) (32-11); No. 8 Lee College (Texas) (33-3) vs. No. 9 Arizona Western (42-7); No. 5 Utah Valley (36-7) vs. No. 12 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (32-3); No. 4 Seward County (Kan.) (45-5) vs. No. 13 Wallace State (Ala.) (37-5).
THE SKINNY: Miami-Dade has dominated its opponents the past two years. It won last season's national title with a 32-0 mark. This year, Miami-Dade has won another 29 in a row, including a decision over PHCC in the state final to seize the tournament's top seed.
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