MCCC Teams Ready for Region 19 Postseason


West Windsor, N.J. - The most exciting time of the season has arrived for Mercer County Community College's three fall sports teams. Each is hopeful about winning a championship in the upcoming Region 19 tournaments.

The Vikings are the defending regional champions in men's soccer and women's soccer. The women's tennis team finished second in its Region 19 Championships last season and went on to play at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Championships.


Coach Marc Vecchiolla's squad is the first MCCC team in action this postseason. The regional championships are scheduled to take place at Gloucester County Community College on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. Gloucester and Brookdale Community College are entering the highest-rated players, but Vecchiolla's top four players are experienced and he envisions some upsets in the tournament.

Sophomore Rebecca Wolf (Hopewell, N.J.) is a defending champion at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. The baseliner brings an 8-6 singles record into the No. 2 singles flight and will team with classmate Emily Dow (Princeton Junction, N.J.) at No. 1 doubles. Other Vikings with regional experience are sophomores Kristina Holsman (Hamilton, N.J.), who plays No. 3 singles, and Maria Eldridge (Lawrenceville, N.J.), who plays No. 4 singles. Eldridge leads the Vikings with 10 singles victories.


The Vikings have won the last eight Region 19 titles and hope for another magical postseason run as they focus on qualifying for the NJCAA Division I Championships that MCCC will host from November 18-22. All five teams who are qualifiers for the regional tournament have winning records, with coach Charlie Inverso's Vikings ranking first with a 13-1record.

The Vikings, who have won six straight games, have a bye to the semifinals and will host either No. 4 Burlington County College or No. 5 Delaware Tech-Terry, tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 26 at 7 p.m. The other semifinal match-up pits No. 3 Delaware Tech-Stanton at No. 2 Essex County College.

Reigning All-American Amit Aburmad (Tel Aviv, Israel) leads the Vikings into action, and the Vikings' sophomore-led squad also features forward Frank Tweneboa (Pennsauken, N.J.), and defenders Nigel Blair (Fort Lauderdale, N.J.) and Darnell Edwards (Silver Spring, Md.).


Coach Jodie Ricciardi’s team is the No. 2 seed for the regions because Burlington won a coin flip for the No. 1 seed. Both teams went 5-0-1 in region play, the tie coming in a 1-1 double-overtime stalemate between them. The Vikings have a bye to the semifinals and will host Sussex County College at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 27. That same day, Burlington will host either No. 4 Lackawanna Junior College or No. 5 County College of Morris in the other semifinal.

The Vikings have peaked at the right time of the season. They are 14-4-1, having ended the regular season on a 11-1-1 run. They are led by sophomore scorer Kasey Kenny (Staten Island, N.Y.), a 2008 All-American who has 28 goals in the season thus far.


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