Fundaro and Chara named Second-Team All-Conference by the KJCCC

Fundaro and Chara named Second-Team All-Conference by the KJCCC

CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference released the volleyball Eastern Division All-Conference teams this week, with a pair of Cloud County Community College players receiving Second-Team honors.

Sophomore outside hitter Giovanna Fundaro and freshman outside hitter Dayana Chara were each named Second-Team All-Conference players for a T-Birds' team that finished 17-17 overall this past fall.

Chara, also voted a Second-Team All-District player in District N, was the team leader in kills (335) and in attack percentage (.325), while Fundaro was one of Cloud County's most versatile players, finishing second on the team in kills (283), aces (39) and third in digs (298).

"I think it's very valuable for our program to have those two players get that recognition to know we're moving in the right direction," said Cloud County head coach, Deb Monzon. "I think it is very deserving for both of them."

According to available records, Fundaro will graduate from Cloud County as the program's leader in career aces since the implementation of the modern scoring format in 2008 with 64. The previous record was 61 by Kaylee Bontrager in 2013-14.

"Giovanna was a tremendous two-year player for us," Monzon said. "She came in as a leader and could play all the way around the court. She had some games this year that were real highlights for her career and she's very deserving of this honor."

While the T-Birds will be without Fundaro moving into the 2019 season, Monzon said she is excited about what the team can do building around Chara.

Despite missing two matches, and being limited in a handful of other ones due to soreness, the 335 kills by Chara were the second most in a single-season for a Cloud County player in the modern scoring format, just behind the 352 by Laura Sudbeck in 2015.

"There were a lot of comments made at the conference meeting about Dayana's athletic ability. She probably came in a little raw, but other coaches can see her tremendous potential," Monzon said. "Consistency and her stepping up into a leadership role will be key things next year. And there's probably some technique things we'll work on with her because her arm was sore a lot this year. A lot of that had to do with her hitting technique so it's something we'll work on this spring."