The Harvesters lost a hard-fought match Friday to Ridgewater in the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament.
The Harvesters lost the first two games but fought back to win the next two, forcing a decisive fifth game.
Scores were 18-25, 14-25, 25-19, 25-22, 10-15.
The Harvesters will play Central Lakes for third place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Follow along on Twitter or watch live at njcaatv.com.
The Harvesters fan section was excited to watch the team play today.
Thursday started early with a team breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast, the Harvesters prepared for a early morning practice on the game court. The day before they practiced on a practice court.
At practice the team did competitive drills and worked on ball control. After practice the team ate lunch at Panera before going back to the hotel for down time. Most players slept. The coaches went to a meeting while the team got ready for the banquet.
At the banquet, coach Brandon Crisp received the District C Coach of the Year award.
There was a hypnotist at the banquet who hypnotized a group of players from all the teams. The Harvesters outside hitter Nyjah Meadows was one of the ones hypnotized. The hypnotist had the entire banquet laughing at the crazy things the players were doing.
At one point, he had the athletes act like they had just met their idol. Meadows walked up to teammate Courtanae Calhoun and started crying with excitement to finally meet Calhoun.
After waking the athletes up, the hypnotist asked the participants if there were ready to start and all of them said yes not knowing that for 45 minutes straight he had them dancing with coaches, dancing with random people and acting like Steve Irwin.
— Brianna Harmon
The Harvesters pose for a group photo.
Kersten Fredrickson and Alyssa Jimenez are in shock while being hypnotized.
Coach Brandon Crisp poses with the Eastfield banner and his District C Coach of the Year award after the banquet.
It was an early morning Tuesday for the Harvesters volleyball team.
The team met at 4 a.m. at the college to take a bus to the airport for a 6:45 a.m. flight to Minneapolis-St-Paul airport. Once arrived there the team had a two hour layover.
The layover turned into a delayed flight to Rochester due to the emergency lights being dead on the aircraft. The plane ended up having to be switched out, and then the team took a quick 15-minute flight to Rochester.
The team arrived at the hotel early afternoon and had a few hours of down time before going to practice, where they worked on serving and ball control.
The tournament banquet is tonight. The Harvesters’ first game is 12:30 p.m. Central time Friday. The match will stream live at njcaatv.com. Follow along Twitter @BHarmonETC.
Shots from tonight’s practice:
Fifth set: Northhampton wins 16-14 (Northhampton wins 3-2)
Fourth set: Northhampton wins 25-15. (Match tied 2-2)
Third set: Eastfield wins 30-28. (Eastfield leads 2-1)
Second set: Northhampton wins 27-25 (Match tied 1-1)
First set: Eastfield wins 25-15 (Eastfield leads 1-0)
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Sophomore captain Cynthia Martin will have her second win against a top 10 team with a Harvesters victory.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Lady Harvesters play their third top ten team in a 21-hour span when they go up against Northhampton at 10 a.m. Yesterday, Eastfield got its first win over a top 10 team, and first national tournament win in school victory when they beat Fashion Institute of Technology.
Northhampton comes into the game ranked No. 7 in the nation with a record of 34-1, their only loss on the season came yesterday when they faced Central Lakes.
Sophomore libero Cecilia Valadez stands next to the water cooler after playing 10 sets on Friday.
Set 5: Eastfield wins 15-12 (Eastfield wins 3-2)
Set 4: FIT wins 27-25. (tie match 2-2)
Set 3: Eastfield wins 25-24. (Eastfield leads 2-1)
Set 2: FIT wins 25-18. (tie match)
Set 1: Eastfield wins 25-20. (Eastfield leads 1-0)
Sophomore Jordan Taylor prepares for her second game of the national tournament.
After losing their first-round game against SUNY-Adirondack, the Lady Harvesters had to immediately prepare for a 3 p.m. match against the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Sophomore libero Cecilia Valadez covers her face after a 3-2 loss to SUNY-Adirondack in the first-round of the national tournament.
Adirondack wins final set. (Adirondack wins match 3-2)
Set 4: Adirondack wins 25-23. (tie game after 4 sets)
Set 3: Adirondack wins 25 – 17. (Eastfield leads 2-1
Set 2: Eastfield wins 25- 22.
Set 1: Eastfield wins 25-23.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — No. 1 seed Madison College (Wisc.) beat No. 8 seed Fashion Institute of Technology (N.Y.) in straight sets in the opening game of the NJCAA Division III National Volleyball Tournament. Eastfield plays at 12:30 p.m. If they win, the Lady Harvesters will play Madison at 3:30. If they lose they will play FIT at 2:30.
-Kevin Cushingberry Jr.
From left, sophomores Cecilia Valadez, Cynthia Martin, Tangela Fuller and freshman Ashley Holweger will play their first national tournament game today at 12:30 p.m.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Lady Harvesters made a pit stop at Denny’s prior to the first national tournament game in Eastfield history.
Tune in to etceterasports.wordpress.com for live coverage during the 12:30 p.m. game.