The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team captured its fifth straight win with a straight set win over Casper College 25-22, 25-21, 25-14 Saturday afternoon at Cougar Palace.
The win was the Cougars 26th of the season to three losses.
Brooke Kaawa, who had 14 digs on the night to lead the team, said they played alright.
“We played alright,” the freshman from Hawaii said. “We could have done a lot better but I think we did execute on a lot of stuff.”
Kaawa was one of two players with double figure digs. Barbara Briceno also pitched in 12 digs. Briceno also had double figure kills with 11, while finishing with seven points and three aces.
Kaawa said, while they got the sweep, the defense was just OK.
“It was an OK defense,” she said. “We could have read better and dove for a lot of balls. It was just alright.”
WNCC had to battle in the first and second games to get the win. The first game saw WNCC trail Casper several times before the Cougars came back to get the win 25-22.
The second game saw another tight battle before WNCC came back to get the win 25-21.
The third game WNCC jumped out early and coasted to the win, winning 25-14 between excellent frontline play.
WNCC had plenty of balance in the contest. After Briceno’s double-double, Kaawa also pounded home eight kills with four points.
Lara Picht finished the match with 10 kills, seven digs, seven points, and two aces, while Kaylee Spreier chipped in six kills, four assist blocks, two digs, and six points.
Also for the second-ranked Cougars, Kadara Marshall had five kills; Bia Berta had two kills, 32 set assists, seven points, and four digs; Genesis Benitez had five digs; Alwaise Villa had nine digs and three points; Lauren Shaul had two digs; and Kirstee Trees had two points and an ace.
WNCC, 26-3 overall and 5-1 in conference play, will be back at home for three Region IX South matches next week, beginning with Otero Junior College on Thursday at 6 p.m., followed by contests with Lamar Community Collegeon Friday and Trinidad State Junior College on Saturday.
Thursday’s match will be huge since Otero defeated the Cougars in four games a week ago. Kaawa said they are focusing their attention one game at a time.
“Otero is the first game we play next week and it is the main game we are going to think about.” she said. “Because we lost to them the first time, we think we can fix our mistakes and hopefully come out with a win.”
NOTES: Saturday’s afternoon contest with Trinidad State will be homecoming for the Cougars. WNCC will host a tailgate party before the match beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. On Oct. 26 against Northeastern Junior College, it will be PAWZitively Pink night for Breast Cancer Awareness with many activities going on.