H-D grads help SWCC to JUCO tournament


H-D grad Molly Schimp, far left, celebrates as the team holds up the Region XI trophy at Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Spartans play in Ohio this week for the national tournament. (Photo courtesy of Larry Peterson, Creston News-Advertiser)


CRESTON – Molly Schimp and Jenna Casey re-wrote the Hampton-Dumont volleyball record books.

Now they are helping Southwestern Community College of Creston head to the Junior College National volleyball tournament this week in Toledo, Ohio.

Schimp, who was a setter most of her career, made the move to libero for the Spartans and had 54 digs in the Region XI Pool B championship match against Kirkwood Community College at Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 9 in order to advance.

“She is an all-tournament team libero,” Southwestern Community College coach Melissa Blessington said. “Moving from setter to libero, that was a big thing for us – Molly works extremely hard for us. She’s never played the position, but she is so fast and so athletic and to be a libero, you always want to be better.

“I can’t ask for a better player on my team. She is such a phenomenal setter, which is one of the reasons it made it hard for me (to make the move), but I knew she’d work hard for me no matter what; it’s how she’s wired.”