Cougars get 10th win of year

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team received 13 kills from Allora Tanner and Kayla Martin and the top-ranked Cougars dropped Western Wyoming Community College 25-17, 20-25, 25.15, 25-18 for their 10th win of the season.

Kylie Fa'amoe, who had nine big blocks in the match, said this is a big win for them in the hostile environment.

"i thought we played really good. We played as a team. We had our ups and downs, but we pulled it off with the win," the freshman from Utah said. "This win is a huge win for us to win on the road. It shows that we work hard."

The Cougars picked up the offensive as three players finished with double figure kills. After Tanner and Martin, Leticia Silva pounded home 12 kills. Another area that stood out was the team's blocking, especially in the third and fourth games. Fa'amoe led the way with nine blocks, while Silva had six, Tanner had four, and Lindsay Wehkamp and Priscila Mendes each had three.

Fa'amoe said the blocking was a big key in the win.

"Our blocking was huge," she said. "The blocking helped us a lot because they were running a lot of hard angles, but we ended up stopping them."

Another big key was how the Cougars put the second game defeat behind them where Western Wyoming led 17-7 at one time before WNCC cut the lead to 18-16 before a late service run helped the Mustangs even the match at 1-1.

Fa'amoe said coach told them after the defeat to forget about the atmosphere and play their game and that is what they did.

"Coach just told us to forget the refs and go out there and play our game and play the way that we know how to play," she said. "This is a huge win for us on the road because it shows that we work hard."

The third game sae WNCC jump out to a 7-2 lead before Western Wyoming sliced the lead to 10-9. After that, Luiza Martins had three points and Mendes chipped in three more for an 18-10 lead. WNCC kept playing tough for the 25-16 win.

Martins started the fourth game with five straight service points. After the Mustangs sliced the lead to two points on three different occasions, Tanner and Fa'amoe had back-to-back double blocks and then Tanner put down back-to-back kills to help the Cougars to an 18-10 lead.

Western Wyoming sliced the lead to 19-16 on a four-point service run, but a big frontline stand helped the Cougars get the win.

Martin finished the match with a double-double. the freshman from Utah had 13 kills, 11 digs, two blocks and four points. Tanner finished with 13 kills and four blocks, while Silva had 12 kills and six blocks.

Also for WNCC, Mendes had seven kills, three blocks, four digs, and eight points; Wehkamp had three kills, three blocks, and seven points; Rachael McCracken had nine digs and five points; Martins had 24 set assists, five digs, and three points; and Morgan Broussard had 17 set assists and two points.

WNCC, 10-1, will have two matches today in Rock Springs, taking on Northwest College at 10 a.m. before meeting up with New Mexico Military Institute at 1 p.m.

"We have to go out with the same mindset [tomorrow]," Fa'amoe said. "We need to go out and play hard and play like we know how."

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