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MDC’s State Champion Women’s Volleyball Team Makes Move for National Title in Iowa This Week

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The Lady Sharks Volleyball Team are in Iowa this week (through Nov. 22) competing in the finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships.

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Miami, November 20, 2008 - A string of recent championship wins has inspired the Miami Dade College Women’s Volleyball team to make a move for the national title in Iowa this week. Having already captured the 2008 Southern Conference Championships, the Atlantic District Championship and the Florida State Championship, the Lady Sharks will attempt to add another jewel to their championships crown during the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa, beginning today through Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008.

The Lady Sharks, 24-6 for the season, are seeded seventh in the 16-team field, and will open up play at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, with a match versus North Idaho College. No other two-year college in the country can match the success of MDC volleyball through the years, as they have won eight national championships (tied for first all-time with the College of Southern Idaho), have finished as national runners-up ten times (more than any other college) and is the only team to have competed in every national championship tournament since 1976 except for one year, 1988.

MDC’s Lady Sharks Head Coach Origenes “Kiko” Benoit has led the Lady Sharks to two second-place finishes in his first three years as Head Coach, including a second-place finish last season when the Sharks entered the national championship match undefeated only to lose to Western Nebraska CC and finish the season at 33-1.

The team is led by NJCAA All-American Rosa Medrano, a sophomore hitter from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Cristina Castrillon, a freshman hitter from Medellin, Colombia. Top seeds in the 2008 tournament include Iowa Western College as the #1 seed with a record of 52-4; Western Nebraska College at the #2 seed with a record of 56-3; and #3 seed University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith with a record of 41-3.

Results can be obtained from the NJCAA Volleyball tournament website at:

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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