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WNCC_Cougar _ 250 PixelsThe top-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Friday as it split a pair of matches at a tournament in Salt Lake tournament.

                The Cougars withstood  a five-set battle in posting the 25-10, 17-25, 25-15, 19-25, 15-11 win over North Idaho College, but then fell in straight sets  to Snow College 25-21, 25-22, 25-17 to drop their record to 6-1 on the season.

            WNCC hass two more games in the tournament on Saturday when they face Missouri State-West Plains at 9 a.m. followed a contest with the College of Southern Idaho at 1 p.m.

          Against North Idaho, the Cougars received a 13-kill performance from Gabriela Varela and strong serving from Luiza Martins and Kayla Martin to open up a tight contest to win 25-10. Martin served the final five points, including three straight aces for the win.

                North Idaho then evened the match at 1-1 before WNCC put together another solid performance in winning the third game 25-15. The Cardinals won the fourth game setting up the dramatic fifth set.

                In the fifth, WNCC trailed 7-6 at one time but battled back to take a 10-9 lead on a Lindsay Wehkamp kill. After North Idaho tied the game, a service error put the service into Martin’s hands and she served up another ace to push the lead to 13-11. Wehkamp served out match point.

                Varela paced the Cougars with 13 kills and two blocks. Martin also had an all-around match, tallying eight kills, nine digs, 12 points, five aces and two solo blocks. Wehkamp also chipped in seven kills, two blocks, and four points.

                Also for the Cougars, Priscila Mendes had six kills, four blocks, seven digs, and five points, followed by Kylie Fa’amoe with four kills, seven total blocks, and three solo blocks; and Allora Tanner with four blocks.

Martins had 16 set assists, five digs, and six points, while Morgan Broussard had 11 set assists, two digs, and five points, and Rachael McCracken had 18 digs and four points.

                WNCC followed that win in suffering its first defeat of the season in the sweep. The last time the Cougars were swept was the national tournament match last November.

                Snow College came into the contest undefeated after a 4-0 mark at the Southern Idaho tournament last weekend. The Badgers used their height – six girls 6-1 or taller – to hand the Cougars their first loss of the season.

                Mendes paced the team with nine kills, seven digs, three blocks, and three points, while Tanner had seven kills and three digs and Fa’amoe added four kills and four blocks.

Also for WNCC, Martins had three kills, two blocks, six digs, and two points; Wehkamp had two digs and four points; Broussard had two digs, five set assists, and three points; McCracken had 17 digs; Martins had 14 set assists and three digs; and Kasey Lafitaga had three digs.