Cougars move to 22-2 on the season

Luiza Martins and Morgan Broussard ran the 6-2 offensive to perfection Tuesday night as the No. 3 Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team had little trouble in sweeping past McCook Community College 25-9, 25-10, 25-9.

"We have been working on that [6-2 offense] a lot," Broussard said. "I know that is one of the things that Coach wanted to see us doing at the end of the season. We are starting to run it early and it should help us out a lot."

Broussard said the team is starting to hit its stride and it is nice that they have put together a string of 16 straight matches.

"It is nice to have that streak but we are not focused too much on the wins; we are focused on getting better each time," she said. "That, getting better is our main goal."

With the 6-2 offense that the Cougars showcased Tuesday night, they took a huge step in getting better. Martins and Broussard combined for 39 set assists, 23 from Martins and 16 from Broussard as the Cougars showed plenty of depth in the South subregion win.

"The 6-2 offense should be a big threat for other teams and it is good for us all to play in different roles and get different people on the court," he said. "Every person has something to give out which is nice. We are all ready to play and that will really help out."

The Cougars had a plethora of hitting stars Tuesday night. The team combined for 45 kills on just six hitting errors. Kat Agson paced the Cougars with 11 kills followed by Danika Youngblood with eight, Allora Tanner and Yoro Tovar with seven each, Lauren Knox with six, and Megan Johnson with four.

WNCC also took away the net game from the Indians, recording 12 blocks in the match. Tanner finished with four assisted blocks, while Johnson had one solo block and two assisted blocks. Lyndsay Wehkamp also had two assisted blocks.

Broussard said the team just played well and if they can fine tune the 6-2 offense, they could be a dangerous team heading down the stretch.

"Tonight we did good. Our serves were a lot better. We did send a few out and into the net, but I think we got a lot better with our serves and our hitting accuracy. We had a lot of fun, too," she said.

WNCC quickly jumped out to a 13-4 lead behind strong serving from Martins, Johnson and Youngblood. McCook sliced the lead in half at 18-9, but a Agson kill and then six Tovar service points gave WNCC the first set 25-9.

Martins served eight straight points to start the second set before Broussard served three points, including an ace, for a 15-4 lead. McCook came back to cut the deficit to 18-8, but a Tanner Kill and timely hitting gave WNCC the second set 25-10.

The third set was close at the beginning as WNCC held a slim 9-5 lead. After that, the Cougars strong serving game surfaced as Alex Rivera served five points for a 15-5 lead and then Broussard had three points on an ace and two Johnson kills. Moments later, Tanner hammered home another kill and WNCC would come away with the 25-9 win.

Broussard had a excellent match on Tuesday, finishing with three aces to go along with her 16 set assists and six points. Martins had 23 set assists and 12 points.

Defensively, Alex Rivera had 17 digs followed by Youngblood with five, and Kasey Lafitaga and Lauren Knox each with four.

WNCC, 22-2, will next be in action Thursday when they host Otero Junior College at 7 p.m. The Special Olympics will be a part of Thursday's action. After Thursday, the Cougars will host Lamar Community College on Friday followed by a home game with Trinidad State Junior College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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