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Cougar volleyball wins twice Saturday

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team picked up two more wins on Saturday after topping New Mexico Military Institute 26-24, 25-22, 25-7, and then Northwest College 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-14 for their 12th victory in a row.

The top-ranked Cougars, who captured their sixth straight win, used a balanced offensive output in picking up the two wins.

WNCC coach Giovana Melo said she was happy with the wins even though it took the Cougars a while to wake up especially since Melo said after the team played well against a good Western Wyoming team on Friday and spotty on Saturday.

"Friday was a really good match for us and probably one of the best matches that I have seen us play for a while," she said. "That is the thing that we can't do is play one really good match like we did Friday and then play the way we did today."

The first match of the day against New Mexico Military took a while for the Cougars to wake. WNCC led 24-20 in the first game only to watch New Mexico Military come back to tie the game at 24-24. WNCC rebounded and won the game on a Kayla Martin kill.

The second game saw the Cougars come back from a 10-6 deficit behind four points form Lindsay Wehcamp and two more from Allora Tanner to lead 18-13. WNCC led 22-17 before NMMI sliced the lead to 22-20 before WNCC won 25-22 on a Kylie Fa'amoe kill.

WNCC woke up in the third game, exploding to a 4-1 lead and lager 13-3 on four Amanda Schoene points. Moments later, Erika Goodwin pushed the Cougars lead to 19-4 on five points before WNCC won the match on a Rachael McCracken ace sserve.

The Cougars had a near double-double from Fa'amoe, who finished with nine kills and 11 blocks. The Cougars also received eight kills, six points, three blocks, and two digs from Tanner; Martin with four kills, five points, and two digs; Priscila Mendes with three kills; Leticia Silva with seven kills and seven blocks; Gabby Varela with four kills and four blocks; Schoene with two kills, four digs, and for points; McCracken with nine digs and five points; Goodwin with five points; Luiza Martins with 15 set assists, three points, and two digs; and Morgan Broussard with 16 set assists and eight points.

In the Northwest match, the Cougars had to battle from behind after dropping the first game 25-23. The Cougars only lead of the game was at 1-0.

After that the Cougars heated up. Game two saw Northwest take a 4-2 lead, but Martin served three points for a 6-4 lead. WNCC never relinquished the lead again as they built a 16-11 and pushed it to 22-15 for the 25-17 win.

The third set saw Martin help the Cougars to a 13-9 lead with two points before Luiza Mrtins had three points for an 18-12 lead. WNCC kept the momentum going with the 25-19 win.

The final game was all Cougars as they went up 11-6 on a McCracken ace and led 17-10 on three Martin points, including an ace serve. WNCC finished off the Trappers with back to back kills from Martin and Wehkamp for their 21th straight win.

Martin led the Cougars in the Northwest match with a triple-double of 12 kills, 17 points, 17 points, and three aces. Two other players also notched double-digit kills. They were Fa'amoe with 11 kills and three blocks, and Silva with 10 kills and four blocks.

Also for WNCC, Martins had 23 set assists, nine digs, and seven points; Mendes had nine kills, eight digs, and five points; Tanner had five kills and four blocks; Wehkamp had six kills, six blocks, and four digs; McCracken had 18 digs and seven points; and Broussard had 26 set assists, six digs, and seven points.

The Cougars, 12-1, will be back in action next weekend when they compete in the Pizza Hut Invite in Sterling, Colo. The Cougars will face North Idaho College and Iowa Western Community College on Friday before taking on Barton Community College and Laramie County Community College on Saturday.

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