August 25, 2017. The season opener against Central Community College at the 2017 Wichita Kickoff. The Red Raven Volleyball would fall three sets to two. For a team that went to the national tournament the year before, would this set the tone for the season?
Absolutely not! The Red Raven Volleyball team would lace their shoes up and go on to win an impressive 29 straight games. Not only did the team win 29 games, but they swept 20 of those matches (3-0 every match) and only went to the fifth set four times.
Such an impressive run for the team and the players as they continue working towards their goal of not only returning to the national tournament, but coming away as champions.
"The streak was great. It was an intense run, but [the winning streak] is not our goal," head coach Delice Downing said. "Having a winning streak in the postseason is definitely the number one goal."
During the streak, the Red Ravens had players selected for KJCCC Player(s) of the Week three times. In Week 1 (Daniela Santos and Dekyra Dennis), Week 3 (Adianez Reyes Rivera), and in Week 6 Rivera was named setter and offensive player of the week.
The team also ranked as high as fourth in the NJCAA during the streak.
After such a long winning streak, it would be easy for a team to have a bit of bitterness after the loss and point fingers. It would be common for a lul after the loss as well. None of which took place for the Red Ravens. Following the loss, the team went on and swept the next three games in dominating fashion.
"We could have taken the loss and allowed it to turn us against each other, but we learned from the match and won our next three," said Downing.
If the streak was going to come to an end, there would be no better opponent to lose it to than the #2 ranked team in the NJCAA, Parkland College.
The team has the hunger and the drive to start another winning streak as they head into the final weeks of the season.