DODGE CITY - Closing out the weekend out west, the Cloud County Community College volleyball team would split a pair of matches by falling to Dodge City Community College in five sets before bouncing back to sweep Lamar Community College in three sets at the Student Activities Center in Dodge City on Saturday.
The split leaves the T-Birds with an 8-7 overall record while falling to 0-5 in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference play while the Conquistadors improve to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in KJCCC action following their first of two matches on Saturday. Lamar dropped to 3-15 overall following their match with Cloud County with a match against Dodge City remaining on Saturday night.
Against Dodge City
Opening the afternoon with conference action, CCCC would jump out to an early 1-0 lead with an impressive 25-16 set one victory over the Conquistadors as Cloud County would go on a late run to break open what was a two-point set to win by nine. It would be all Dodge City in the second set as DC3 would score 10 of the first 11 points of the set to go up 10-1 and never look back to take a 25-12 decision and knot things up at 1-1. Each of the next two sets would then be decided by two points as the T-Birds and Conquistadors would take 25-23 decisions with Dodge City winning the third set and Cloud County taking a must-win fourth set to send things to a decisive fifth set. In the fifth set, CCCC and DC3 would trade points back and forth to put things at 13-13 all before the final two points would go the way of the host Conquistadors to pull out a 15-13 set victory to pull out the home win.
Finishing with just a .149 attack percentage, Cloud County would tally 38 kills on 141 attack attempts while committing 17 attack errors. Second-year freshman Lakyn Tenbrink would finish as the lone T-Bird in double-figure kills with 10 while Kenzie Cooper would notch a career-best nine kills. Hollie Stewart would add eight kills on 13 attempts and no attack errors to finish with a .615 attack percentage as all eight kills would come in the final two sets of action.
Other statistical leaders for CCCC against Dodge City included a team-high 29 set assists from Kylie Fuller who also added 19 digs defensively. Freshman Zoe Bechard would record a career-high 25 digs while serving as Libero for the T-Birds in the match while Cooper (16) and Cadence Nondorf (10) also had double-digit digs.
Against Lamar CC
CCCC would take care of business in all three sets against the Lopes as the final set scores would see the T-Birds win by scores of 25-16, 25-17, and 25-15. All three sets would see Cloud County jump out to early leads and never look back as the Lopes would not have answer for the T-Birds.
Final stats from the Cloud County match against Lamar were not available at the time of this release. This recap will be updated on www.cloudtbirds.com once final stats are made available.
Cloud County kicks off a three-match week on Monday evening when the T-Birds host Central Community College for a 6:30 p.m. first serve. The match will be the second between the Raiders and Cloud County in the past two weeks as CCCC would take a five-set win over Central on Sept. 9 in Columbus, Neb.