Posted 7 months ago
By John Axtell
The second-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team saw their 19-match winning streak come to an end after falling twice at the Tyler Junior College Invite in Tyler, Texas, on Friday.
The Cougars opened the day falling in straight sets 20-25, 22-25, 23-25 to No. 5 Tyler Junior College. WNCC came back and played tough against top-ranked Blinn College, taking the first two sets 25-22, 25-14 before dropping the next three sets 16-25, 23-25, 11-15 to fall to 25-3 on the year.
WNCC will continue the Tyler Tournament Saturday when they face Division II, No. 1 ranked Cowley County Community College at 8 a.m. followed by the College of Central Florida at 10 a.m.
WNCC head Giovana Melo said that the team still needs to get more consistent and play hard trough every point.
“These two games was won by the teams that wanted it more and in my opinion we didn’t want it as much as the other teams,” Melo said. “In the beginning against Blinn we looked really good but then after that we let it go again. That is something we have to work on.”
The Cougars looked sharp against the top-ranked team in the first two sets. WNCC won the first set 25-22 on a Lindsay Wehkamp sliding kill. In the second set, WNCC and Blinn were tied at 12-12 before a Kylie Fa’amoe kill put the service into Rachael McCracken’s hands. The freshman from Weldona served five straight points, including two aces for a 17-12 lead. Later, Morgan Broussard had five points with two aces for a 23-13 lead before Martin served the final point for the 25-14 win.
WNCC was never in the third set, falling 25-16. The Cougars started the fourth set well, leading 10-5 after four Broussard points. Blinn came back with a six-point service run to lead 12-10. The Cougars led 21-20 late and cut the lead to one point at 24-23, but couldn’t get over the hump as Blinn won 25-23.
The fifth set saw Blinn got on two crucial service runs, the final one saw the top-ranked team lead 11-5 before winning 15-11.
Against Blinn, three Cougars finished with double figure kills. Kayla Martin led the way with 19 kills followed by Leticia Silva with 11 kills and Priscila Mendes with 10. Martin also had eight digs and a block, while Mendes had 18 digs.
Also for the Cougars, Rachael McCracken had 30 digs; Luiza Martins had 30 set assists and six digs; Morgan Broussard had 22 set assists and four digs; Kylie Fa’amoe had five kills; Allora Tanner had eight kills and four digs; and Lindsay Wehkamp had three kills and three digs.
Against Tyler, Silva led the way with 13 kills and four blocks; Martin had eight kills and five digs; Tanner had four kills and three blocks; Mendes had five kills and six digs; Wehkamp had four kills and four digs; Martins had 22 set assists and two digs; Broussard had 10 set assists; and McCracken had seven digs and two set assists.