The McCook Community College volleyball team is hosting Durham College -- a team from Oshawa, Canada, this week for a week of intense training and opportunities for the Canadians to interact with area residents, volleyball fans and experience the sport in the heart of volleyball country.
The team arrived Sunday and had supper with MCC Vice President Kelly Rippen.
McCook Christian Church and El Puerto will provide a few evening meals for the team while they are in town.
On Monday, the Durham Lords and Coach Tony Clarke teamed up with Josh Cherry and B Street Auto Spa to wash cars and made snow cones. They collected donations for the McCook Animal Shelter.
On Tuesday, MCC and Durham gathered at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center for a public meet-and-greet, prize giveaways, and the two teams scrimmaged.
The Durham Lords, conference medalists three of the past five years, have finished third (Bronze medal) in 2019 and second (Silver medal) in both 2017 and 2015 at the Ontario College Athletic Association championships.
In her fourth year at the helm of MCC Volleyball, Kobza took over a 2-40 team, which improved to 8-24 in 2016, 20-19 during the 2017 season, and 21-14 a season ago, that included the school's first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference title since 1980.
The Durham trip to Nebraska came about because Durham Athletic Director Ken Babcock was in McCook this past April to watch his son Braden pitch for the MCC baseball team and spent several days following the baseball and softball teams as well as spending time on campus, with MCC staff and in the community.
Durham will take on Western Nebraska Thursday while MCC will open the season at home that same day against Garden City at 7 p.m.
Both teams will finish out the week at a Friday-Saturday tournament in North Platte. The Lords will play Eastern Wyoming at 5 p.m. and then take on the Lady Indians at 7 p.m. The Lady Indians will play Eastern Wyoming at 3 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, Durham plays Garden City at 10 a.m. and North Platte at noon. MCC will play Hesston (Kan.) at 10 a.m. and Garden City at 2 p.m.