PHCC Teams Make Push for Postseason

October 14, 2015

By: BRIAN LUCKETT, PHCC Sports Information Director

MARTINSVILLE, VA – As the regular season is winding down, Patrick Henry’s volleyball and men’s soccer programs are looking to close on a high note. With both teams in position to appear in postseason play, ending the regular season in strong fashion is a key priority.

The Lady Patriots’ volleyball team has garnered considerable attention as they now sit in first place in Region X with an 11-0 conference record (12-6 overall) and are nationally ranked at No. 17 in the country. With this being the inaugural season of Lady Patriot volleyball, the outcome has been a remarkable story in the NJCAA.

“We went from almost not having a team, to being the top team in the NJCAA Region X,” said head coach Kelly Proffitt. “Now, we are focused on finishing the season strong and taking it one game at a time.”

Four games remain for the Lady Patriots’ regular season schedule, with the next three games taking place at home in Stone Hall. The Patrick Henry volleyball team will host Central Carolina Community College Thursday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m. and Vance Granville on Saturday (Oct. 17) in a doubleheader starting at noon.

Thursday’s match will be Sophomore Night and the Patriots will honor the team’s lone sophomore, Kalayna Cassady. The athletic department is also featuring tonight’s game as a “gold rush” and encourage fans to wear gold or yellow to the game.

The Patrick Henry men’s soccer team, while not a newcomer to the NJCAA, is also enjoying success this season and are now ranked No. 20 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. With an 8-4-2 overall record and 7-1-1 in Region X play, the Patriots are looking forward to making a splash in postseason play.

After recently defeating nationally ranked Spartanburg Methodist in overtime, the soccer team is pushing to continue their win streak to close the regular season. With three games remaining in the regular season, including Louisburg, the current No. 1 ranked team in Division I NJCAA, the Patriots are looking to stay focused on the task at hand.

“We have some tough competition to close the season,” said head coach Enda Crehan. “In order to obtain the end goal we want, we have to keep playing together and finish the season the right way.”

An added benefit for the Patriots is having one of the top NJCAA D1 players in Elias Tamburini, who is committed to play soccer at Virginia Tech following this year. Tamburini currently leads the team in goals with 17 and was previously named the NJCAA soccer player of the week for September 14-20.

The Patriots soccer team’s last home game is Saturday (Oct. 17) against USC Salkehatchie. The game will take place at the Smith River Sports Complex and will begin 6 p.m.

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