Posted 3 months ago
By John Axtell
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team has won four straight contest after posting two victories on Day 1 of the Crystal “Inn”vataional Saturday in Salt Lake City.
The 7th-ranked Cougars received 17 kills from Leticia Silva and eight blocks from Stephanie Massanet as they dropped North Idaho College in five sets 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 15-6, then finished off the first day with a four-set win against Casper College 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19 behind a 15 kill performance from Massanet.
The Cougars battled hard against North Idaho, a team they beat last year to finish fifth at the national tournament. In the rematch in Salt Lake, NIC got the better of the Cougars in game one. WNCC came back to grab the next two games to take a 2-1 lead. The Cardinals tied the match at 2-2 with the 25-22 win, but the Cougars took control in the fifth and final game 15-6.
WNCC had plenty of offensive and defensive in the match. WNCC pounded home 53 kills and committed just 20 hitting errors out of 163 attempts. The Cougars also had the block party at the net, led by Massanet with three solo blocks and eight all together. Silva finished the contest with 17 kills, and three blocks, while Karina Martin pounded down 10 kills.
Fabiana Andrade tallied 37 set assists and had 10 points. Rachael McCracken had 23 digs and seven points. Also for the Cougars, Cassandra Hernandez had 11 digs, Massanet had nine digs and seven points, Amanda Schoene had 11 digs, and Keala Kaio-Perez had six kills, six kills, and seven points. Martin also had six digs, while Kylie Fa’amoe had 10 points and seven kills.
WNCC’s net game was just as impressive in the win over Casper. Massanet led the charge with 15 kills and four blocks. Martin also hammered home 10 kills and had four blocks. Silva and Fa’amoe each had seven kills.
McCracken finished with 21 digs, nine points, and four aces; while Andrade had 38 set assists, eight digs, and three points. The Cougars also had Kaio-Perez finish with 10 digs and four points; Schoene had four digs, seven points and an ace; Fa’amoe had seven points, four digs, and two aces; Hernandez with six digs; and Martin with four digs.
WNCC, 4-3, will be back in action Saturday in the second day of the tournament as they take on a pair of Top 10 teams. They face No. 8 Salt Lake Community College at 9 a.m. and No. 2 College of Southern Idaho at 1 p.m.