Volleyball coach Dante Geoffrey came to Lamar Community College with a mission to create a culture of success. Lamar's improvement was marked in their record, postseason success, player recognition and statistical gains.
The Lopes got back to .500 record with a 17-17 record in 2016, a season capped with a pair of playoff victories, the most for the program in more than a decade. Three Lopes were named to the All Region IX-South team - including the Libero of the Year - and two were named to the All-Tournament team.
The stats show the progress and process that led to improved results for the Lopes under Coach Dante.
Lamar went from 8.43 kills/set in 2015 to 10.11 kills/set in 2016; 7.36 assists/set to 9.98; 0.79 aces/set to 1.97; and 16.06 digs/set to 19.05. The 1.97 aces/set ranked eighth in the nation and the 19.05 digs/set ranked ninth.
Confidence and hope hit new highs following a season of historic victories, program milestones, and postseason accolades for multiple Lopes players.
The Lopes returned to .500 with a 17-17 record in 2016 and look to earn the program's first winning record in four years this fall.
Lamar opened its Region IX-South schedule in 2016 with perhaps the biggest regular-season win in school history. For the first time in the program's existence, the Lopes were able to down Northeastern Junior College, doing so in a five-set thriller in front of an energetic home crowd.
September's tournament season was highlighted by a season-best seven-game win streak as the Lopes thrived while adapting to a new system and learning to succeed as a cohesive unit.
A rocky end to the Region IX schedule could have derailed Lamar's postseason hopes but the Lopes rallied to finish strong. A common goal was pursued with a clear vision and a selfless mindset, leading Lamar to two postseason victories, the most in more than a decade. The team success led to individual honors, as four players received postseason awards.
Andreia Bomfim, Larissa Francisco and Tanaia Hansen were named to the Region IX-South All-Region team and Devine Star Hoskie and Francisco made the postseason's All-Tournament team.
Now, with a reloaded roster featuring players from Colorado (nine), New Mexico (two), Arizona (two), Texas (one) and Serbia (two), the Lopes are looking toward the future, ready to take on a new set of challenges and further the progress that began a year ago.
The Lamar Community College volleyball team embarks on the 2017 season with the intention to build on the success of the culture-changing 2016 campaign. The 2016 LCC team set the bar, and now it's time for the 2017 Lopes to raise it.
The Lopes will kick-off their season with the Quiznos Classic tournament to be held on Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26, in the LCC Wellness Center. On Friday, LCC will play Pratt Community College first at 1:00pm and then Hesston College at 6:00. On Saturday, the team will face Frank Phillips at 1:00pm, followed by Dodge City Community College at 6:00.