ALFRED DAVIS / CLARION
Madison College’s volleyball team saw its post-season hopes dashed by Harper College for the third straight year. The WolfPack fell 3-1 to Harper in the NJCAA Region IV Division III Tournament Semifinal on Oct. 27.
Madison College won the first set, 25-21, but lost the next three, 25-13, 25-18, and 25-20. The loss ended the WolfPack’s season with a 16-12 overall record. The team’s 8-4 conference record was good for third place, behind champion Rock Valley College and runner-up Harper.
Sophomore Paige Hostetler wrapped up her record-setting career with a strong finish. She had 15 kills in 60 attempts against Harper in the tournament match. She finished the season with a school-record 443 kills, good enough for second in the nation. Her 695 career kills also set a Madison College record.
Hostetler’s efforts this season earned her recognition as the North Central Community College Conference Most Valuable Player. She is the fifth player in team history to earn the award and was one of four Madison College players to receive post-season honors this year.
She was joined on the all-conference team and the all-region team by sophomore Olivia Darkow, who was a second-team all-conference player and a first-team all-region player. In addition, Maddie Scalissi and Tianna Sackett were both second team all-region.
Darkow, the team’s setter the past two years, set a single-season record with 74 aces and now has the career record with 127. She posted 873 assists this season, good for fifth place in the school’s record books. She had more than 40 assists in five matches this season.
Scalissi, a sophomore libero/defensive specialist, had a team-high 364 digs this season. Her two-year total of 783 ranks sixth in team history. She had double-digit digs in 18 matches this season.
Sackett was in her first season on the WolfPack volleyball team after playing soccer and basketball in 2017-18. She was second on the team in both kills and blocks, with 262 kills and 40 blocks.
Although the season saw the end of a 13-year run of 20-win seasons, first-year coach Jeff Thomas and his team can take pride in their individual successes and the fact that the program continues to enjoy overall and conference success.