Cougars topple Trinidad
Kylie Fa'amoe put on a show in the third set for her parents as the fourth-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team swept past Trinidad State Junior College 25-12, 25-17, 25-18 Saturday afternoon at Cougar Palace.
Fa'amoe finished the match with 10 kills and four blocks, but it was the Fa'amoe show in the third set as the 6-foot-2 middle hitter pasted the floor for six kills. Fa'amoe said it was the first time her parents came to a home match and it gave her something to play for.
"It felt good to get the wins this weekend because this was the first time they came out here to watch me in a home game," Fa'amoe said. "So, it was really exciting to see them."
The Cougars made the 3-day home stand a successful won, capturing three straight wins all in sweeps. WNCC has now won 20 of the 34 matches by straight set wins as they notched their 31st victory of the season.
Saturday afternoon, the Cougars started strong and kept the intensity and fire up throughout the match despite spirited runs by Trinidad State Junior College.
"I thought we played really good today," Fa'amoe said. "We went our hardest and we were playing really aggressive. Coach told us to go out there and play our game and focus on our side> We just needed to worry about doing the little things "
Once again, just like Friday's game with Lamar, the Cougars used strong serving to open the match. Priscila Mendes started things with a four-point run for a 5-0 lead and then Rachael McCracken ran off seven straight points for a 13-1 lead behind two ace serves. The Cougars continued excelling like a well-oiled machine as they ran to a 25-12 win.
Trinidad State came out strong in the second set, jumping to a 4-3 lead on a Jennifer Morris point. Kayla Martin stopped the momentum with a kill and then Morgan Broussard rattled off four straight service points for an 8-4 lead.
Trinidad cut the lead to two points twice, but big ace serves from Mendes and Lindsay Wehkamp helped push the lead to 18-12. WNCC pushed the lead to 21-13 on two Broussard points and then McCracken recorded her third ace of the match for a 24-16 lead. Leticia Silva finished off the set with a thundering kill.
WNCC controlled the third set early as WehKamp ran off four service points for an 11-4 lead. Fa'amoie then had a big kill and Mendes served up six points for a 19-6 lead. The Trojans fought back as Morris had four straight points to cut the lead to 22-15, but it wasn't enough as Silva hammered home points 24 and 25 for the win.
Martin led the team with 13 kills and four blocks followed by Fa'amoe with her 10 kills. Silva finished with eight kills and four blocks, while Mendes had five kills, Gabriela Varela ahd four kills and three blocks.
Fa'amoe said that she has never played on a team with this many offensive weapons and she is excited to be a part of the offensive explosion.
"This is my first time of playing on a team with this many hitters and it is really fun and exciting," she said.
McCracken finished with a double-double with 10 digs and 11 points along with three aces. McCracken also had three set assists. Luiza Martins had 17 set assists and three digs; Broussard had 15 set assists and eight points; Mendes also finished with 12 points and five digs, while Martin ahd three points and an ace.
WNCC (31-3) will be back in action Tuesday when they host McCook Community College at 7 p.m. at Cougar Palace. The Cougars will then have their last home on Friday when they entertain Northeastern Junior College in sophomore recognition night.
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