While the eyes of the nation are focused on that little basketball tournament that tips off today all across the country, another tournament will also begin today in Rochester, Minnesota, and that one has the attention of many of us at Rock Valley College.
The RVC women’s basketball team will open play at the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) national tournament this afternoon, looking to bring home the program’s first national title. This marks the second time in the last four seasons the Golden Eagles have represented their region at the national tournament. They are also the third women’s program from Rock Valley College to compete at the NJCAA national tournament in the last six months. The RVC women’s tennis team won the national title back in October and the RVC volleyball team placed third nationally in November.
Behind third year head coach Misty Opat, the RVC women won the conference title for the second straight season, finishing a perfect 8-0 in conference play a year after going 13-1 in the conference.
You can read more about the lady Golden Eagles in Jay Taft’s feature story on rrstar.com. You can also follow the action at the national tournament at the tournament’s official web site and can even watch some of the games live on NJCAA-TV.
Meanwhile, second year men’s basketball head coach Julian Springer has already made huge strides with the RVC men’s program. After 10 straight losing seasons, the Golden Eagles finished the 2011-2012 season with a 20-11 record, good for third best in the conference. The 20 wins were the most since the 2000-2001 season when RVC went 25-8 and finished in seventh place at the national tournament.
With several freshmen on the roster for both clubs this season, the future certainly seems bright for basketball at RVC.