MCC Volleyball downs North Platte; wins NCCAC
The McCook Community College volleyball rallied from two sets down against North Platte Friday at home to win clinch the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship.
MCC took the match 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17 and 15-10 on sophomore recognition night.
The win lifts MCC to 5-0 in the standings with one NCCAC match left – Saturday at 4 p.m. against Central. Central is in second place at 3-2, North Platte finishes at 3-3 and Southeast Community College was 0-6.
After dropping the first two sets, MCC tried some lineup changes and one – freshman Victoria Thomas (Houston, Texas) -- paid immediate dividends.
“Victoria Thomas came on for us in the third set and just lit a fire underneath the team and the points she had were very vital to the energy that our players had,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.
Thomas finished the match with eight kills. Freshman Thaynara Isabela (São Paulo, Brazil) led MCC with 18 kills to go along with 11 digs, two assists blocks and one ace. Sophomore Jordan Jerome (Rawlins, Wyo.) contributed nine kills 14 digs and two aces.
“I also thought McKenna Crews picked up a lot of balls that were game changers for us,” Kobza said of her freshman libero from Loveland who had a team high 23 digs and three ace serves also assisted on four kills.
Sophomore Janie Sommer (Maxwell) entered the weekend seventh in the nation in assists with 994 and topped the 1,000 mark for the season with 43 Friday to go along with nine digs, three assist blocks, one solo block, two kills and two aces. Amanda Pizzol (freshman, São Paulo, Brazil) had five digs.
“And I have to give it to North Platte. Their libero Katy Bartell is phenomenal. That girls picks up a lot of balls,” Kobza said of the sophomore from Eustis-Farnam who had 21 digs for the Knights.
Sophomores Mia Pena (Greeley, Colo.) and Amerika Jones (Honolulu, Hawaii) added to the MCC front-line attack. Pena had six kills, five digs, two assist blocks and an ace. Jones had five kills and an assist block. Makayla Brown (freshman, Colorado Springs) was credited with five kills and three assist blocks. Freshman Jisell Chumacero (Eaton, Colo.) had three kills three digs and three assist blocks.
“We are not where we need to be yet,” said Kobza. “We still have a ways to go and we have a big day Saturday.”
MCC goes to 18-13 on the season. North Platte goes to 16-14.
MCC honored five sophomores and one student assistant prior to Friday’s Match. Those honored included Jordan Jerome, Mia Pena, Kaylee Palmieri (Gibbon), Janie Sommer, and Amerika Jones, along with student assistant Suzy Cordova, (Fort Collins).
MCC will play two matches Saturday starting with a Region IX south matchup with Lamar starting at noon. Lamar and Central Community College will follow at about 2 p.m. and MCC will wrap up the NCCAC schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. in the second match of a triangular against Central.
On Monday MCC will host the University of Nebraska Kearney JVs at 7 p.m. for the annual Pink-Out Night for breast cancer awareness.
Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Standings
W – L PCT. OVERALL
McCook 5 – 0 1.000 18-13
Central CC 3 – 2 .500 15-17
North Platte 3 – 3 .500 16-14
Southeast CC 0 – 6 .000 9-24
Sept. 2 – McCook 3, Southeast 0 (at McCook)
Sept. 7 – McCook 3, North Platte 2 (at North Platte)
Sept. 8 – Central CC 3, Southeast 1 (at Beatrice)
Sept. 15 – North Platte 3, Central CC 0 (at North Platte)
Sept. 29 – North Platte 3, Southeast 0 (at North Platte)
Oct. 5 – McCook 3, Southeast 1 (at Beatrice)
Central CC 3 North Platte 0 (at Columbus)
Oct. 6 – McCook 3, Central CC (at Columbus)
Oct. 12 – North Platte 3, Southeast 1 (at Beatrice)
Oct. 20 – Central CC 3, Southeast 0 (at Columbus)
Oct. 22 – McCook, 3, North Platte 2 (at McCook
NCCAC REMAINING SCHEDULE
Oct. 23 – Central CC at McCook 4 p.m.