For the first time in program history, the Harford Community College girls volleyball team claimed the Region XX Title. The Fighting Owls (17-7) were crowned Region XX Division I Champions after defeating Baltimore City Community College in five sets Friday night.
The Fighting Owls, who already set a school record for wins earlier this season, toppled the Panthers for the third time this season. Harford is one win away from the NJCAA National Championships after claiming a 24-26, 25-17, 25-13, 25-27 and 15-5 victory in their first postseason game.
All-American candidate Lexie Roberts led the way with 25 kills and 12 digs, giving the freshman her ninth double-double of the year. She also added four aces in the win. Roberts leads the conference and ranks second nationally in kills and blocks.
Two more Fighting Owls tallied double-doubles in the championship victory. Ashley Joyner totaled 15 kills and 10 digs, while Emily Letke recorded 41 assists and 13 digs. Maddie Hewitt also had 10 digs. Defensively, Kori Hawkins had three blocks, while Roberts, Alissa Buettner and Letke each chipped in with two.
The Fighting Owls travel to Park Hills, Mo., Saturday to face the winner of Region XVI in the District N Championship. The match starts at 6 p.m. The winner advances to the 2012 NJCAA Division I National Championship.