Scottsdale completed a magical run to the NJCAA Division II national volleyball championship by blanking the top-seeded and #1-ranked team, Parkland (Ill.), 3-2 Saturday in Charleston, W.Va.
The Artichokes finished with a 29-4 record and a 26-match winning streak, and in the process knocked off the two teams that had won the last four national titles in a row. SCC won its semi-final against second-seeded Coffeyville (Kan.), which had captured the last two championships and the stopped Parkland which had won in both 2015 and 2016.
For Scottsdale it was the fifth volleyball championship, but the first since 1985 when the Artichokes won their fourth title in five years. Ironically, that five-year run was broken by fellow ACCAC member Central Arizona. It was also part of a run that saw the conference reach the national title game eight straight years. Mesa finished second the previous two years and Eastern Arizona was runner-up the following season.
Against Parkland, SCC rallied from down two sets to one, much as it had in the semi-finals when it trailed Coffeyville in set 2-0. Scottsdale won 25-21, 17-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8 over Parkland.
Jazmyn Wheeler, who was named MVP of the tournament, again dominated offensively with 26 kills. She also had 34 digs. Yazmina Gonzalez contributed 20 kills and 11 digs. Setter Catie Speas had 49 assists and Alexis Diaz-Infante totaled seven blocks. Gonzalez and Speas were both chosen to the all-tournament team.