MCC Volleyball team downs Storm in three sets

The McCook Community College volleyball team downed Southeast Community College Tuesday night in straight sets, 25-9, 25-15, 25-23 to sew up the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship with a 5-0 mark. MCC has one remaining NCCAC game left to play in North Platte Oct. 17 but all three of the other teams have at least two conference losses. MCC cruised in the first two sets and trailed 17-11 in the third set before a lengthy officiating delay which reversed a point and the Lady Indians were able to step up the intensity and close out the win on a 13-7 run. Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 12 kills on Wauneta-Palisade High School Night. It was also Red Willow County Night. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) had eight kills. “Our passing was a little off tonight, and that affected our timing with hitting,” Kobza said. “It was the first off-night our setter Ashley Carson had all season, she was sick and had to battle all night.” While MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said it’s nice to add another conference banner in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center (the other came in 1980) the team has its eye on a bigger prize in the Region IX south division. “We are way better than we showed tonight,” she said. “I told the girls all these people came out to see us tonight and we played poorly, but won. We need to start playing better and we need to start now.” Southeast falls to 2-14 on the year. MCC improves to 14-5 and now hits the road for six straight games starting Thursday with a three-day weekend swing through southern Colorado against Region IX south division opponents. On Thursday MCC takes on 8-9 Trinidad State at 7 p.m. (MT). On Friday (at 6 p.m. MT) the Lady Indians face 16-1 and 19th-ranked Otero Junior College in La Junta and on Saturday, it’s on to Lamar to face the 14-7 Runnin’ Lopes. “We’ve got to step it up facing three quality teams on the road,” Kobza said. MCC’s next home stand will be Oct. 11-13 when the Lady Indians host these same three schools in the same order. Game times are 7 p.m. for the Oct. 11 game with Trinidad State, 6 p.m. for the Oct. 12 game with Otero and 3 p.m. for the Oct. 13 game with Lamar.

For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page: