Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
CASPER, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team fought off a scrappy Casper College squad on the road Tuesday night and captured its 28th win of the season 25-10, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19.
The victory is the 28th of the season for the Cougars, who improve to 28-3.
WNCC breezed through the first set with ease, running to a 7-1 lead and led 12-4. WNCC kept its pinpoint serving going as Luiza Martins served five straight points for a 19-6 before winning 25-10.
The second set was back and forth. Casper held an 18-16 lead before Morgan Broussard had three points for a 19-18 lead. WNCC went up 23-21 and seemed in control, but the Thunderbirds scored the final four points of the match even things at a set apiece.
Broussard opened the third set with four straight service points for a 4-0 lead and the Cougars jumped up to a 12-7 lead. Casper fought back with four straight service points, including an ace, to tie things at 12-12. With the score knotted at 19=19, Mendes hammered home a kill. Broussard then recorded three points for a 23-19 lead. Silvia then hammered home the set winner.
Something the Cougars did in the third set, however, to get the win was taking advantage of Casper service errors. The Thunderbirds had five missed serves in the third set and for the match, Casper had eight errors.
WNCC showed plenty of fight to come back in the fourth set. WNCC trailed 5-2 early and later 9-6. Casper even held a 13-12 lead. WNCC fought back to take a 17-14 lead only to watch Casper take the lead one more time at 18-17 on a 3-point service run.
The Cougars fought back, stopping the run on a block. Martins then served six straight points to put WNCC up 24-18 before winning 25-19.
Leticia Silva had a team-high 14 kills to go along with 5 blocks, but the Cougars’ two setters, Martins and Broussard, finished the night with double-doubles. Martins had 19 points and 18 set assists plus 2 digs, while Broussard had 13 points, 20 set assists and 3 digs.
The Cougars tallied 29 blocks in the contest as Kylie Fa’amoe had 8. Gabriele Varela and Lindsay Wehkamp each had four while Kayla Martin and Allora Tanner had three apiece.
Martins and Priscila Mendes also pounded down eight kills, while Fa’Amoe had five kills, and Tanner with three. Rachael McCracken had 14 digs, while Mendes had six.
WNCC (28-3) will be back in action for five straight home matches beginning with three matches in three nights to end this week.
Otero Junio College comes in Thursday night at 6:00 on Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Night when breast cancer survivors will be admitted free and anyone wearing pink will get $1 off admission price.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is scheduled to be at that game as an honorary WNCC coach. He’s been to a Cougar volleyball game every year since WNCC won the national title in 2010.
WNCC then will host Lamar Community College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Trinidad State Junior College on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
The Cougars will have their final 2 home games of the season next week as McCook Community College comes in Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by Northeastern Junior College a week from Friday on the 18th.