Zepkowski named all-tourney; Hornets recognized for sportsmanship

Tioga County Sports Report
ROCHESTER, Minn. — SUNY Broome Community College placed fourth at the 2021 NJCAA Division III National Championship here this past weekend.

In addition to that achievement, Owego grad Sara Zepkowski was named to the All-Tournament Team and the Hornets received the 2021 NJCAA Division III National Championship Sportsmanship Award.

The fifth-seeded Hornets fell to top-seeded Rock Valley College (Illinois), 3-0, in the semifinals and 3-1 to Minnesota State in the third-place match.

Rock Valley (33-7) came into the semis having played more than double the number of matches the 18-0 Hornets had under their belts. The Golden Eagles won by scores of 25-15, 25-14 and 25-22.

Zepkowski recorded six kills, 7 1/2 service points, three blocks and a dig. Macey Gibson tallied six kills, 7 1/2 points, five digs, a block and an ace; and Mackenzie Struble dished out 21 assists, 11 digs, one kill and one point. Gibson and Struble are also Owego grads.

Tioga grad Bri Rossi contributed four digs and one assist.

BCC took the second set against Minnesota State, 25-19, but dropped the other three, 25-16, 26-24 and 25-23.

Zepkowski posted 14 kills and 17 1/2 points to go with five blocks, a dig and an assist; and Gibson added 15 kills, 15 points, nine digs and an assist.

Struble doled out 43 assist and made 20 digs, and also had four kills, 6 1/2 points, two aces and a block; and Rossi collected 17 digs.

BCC ended its season with an 18-2 record.

Rock Valley fell in the championship match in a 5-set marathon to No. 2 Owens Community College (Ohio).


IN PHOTO 1: (L-R) The Tioga County Connection — Owego's Mackenzie Struble and Sara Zepkowski, Tioga's Bri Rossi, and Owego's Macey Gibson and Maddie Powell. ... PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL ROSSI. ... IN PHOTO 2: The Broome Community College volleyball team. ... PHOTO COURTESY OF BCC.