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Southern Idaho claims record 10th volleyball championship
 November 17, 2012

Top-seeded College of Southern Idaho cruised to a 25-20, 25-21, 25-20 sweep of No. 2 seed Western Nebraska CC to win their 10th NJCAA volleyball national championship.

The Southern Idaho defense – led by 16 digs from sophomore libero  Heather Meeuwsen – smothered the Cougars' attack, holding Western Nebraska to a .095 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Eseta Maka anchored the Golden Eagles' defense inside with a team-high nine blocks. Southern Idaho was led by sophomore outside hitter Keani Passi's double-double performance that included 12 kills and 12 digs.

The tournament got off to a rocky start for the Golden Eagles after losing their opening set to No. 16 seed Faulkner State CC (Ala.). Southern Idaho quickly rebounded to take the first round match 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19. The Golden Eagles settled in during their second match, pummeling No. 8 seed Hillsborough CC (Fla.) in a 25-16, 25-11, 25-20 sweep. Facing No. 4 seed San Jacinto-Central (Texas) in the semifinals, Southern Idaho pulled out a 25-23, 27-25, 14-25, 25-20 victory.

Claiming their 10th volleyball title in program history, the Golden Eagles lifted the national championship trophy for the first time since 2009. College of Southern Idaho has established itself as the premier volleyball program in the NJCAA, claiming more championships than any other school. Miami Dade College (Fla.) ranks second with eight national titles.

The Golden Eagles boast a 33-1 record following this championship season. Southern Idaho's only defeat in 2012 came at the hands of Western Nebraska on Aug. 31. The Golden Eagles won their last 29 matches on their way to the title.

Western Nebraska winds up with a 40-3 record to end the 2012 season.

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