Posted 11 months ago
By Robert Lovell
The North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team (20-13) finished up their regular season as they swept McCook Community College (1-34) Wednesday night (25-15, 25-19, 25-23). The victory is the 899th in head coach Sally Thalken’s career. The Lady Knights finish the season with a 5-1 record in Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference play. The game was a Pink Out to support the fight against Breast Cancer with a theme of “Volley for the Cure.”
The Lady Knights started out the game fast as they raced out to an early lead and won the first set 25-15. In the second set the Lady Knights continued to play well and won 25-19. The third set was more of a battle before the Lady Knights would end the game with a sweep by the score of 25-23.
The Lady Knights were led by Samantha Kennedy who had 15 kills and two blocks for the game. Samantha Byrn was second with seven kills. Joli Hopping had 37 assists in the game and Shannon Liewer had 22 digs.
“It was nice to get another win,” said head coach Sally Thalken. “It was great that everyone on the team saw the floor and did some good things to contribute to the win.”
The Lady Knights head to the Region IX Division II Tournament in Beatrice to compete to extend their season on October 31. The Lady Knights will face host Southeast Community College on Thursday October 31 at 7 p.m. to open the round-robin portion of the tournament. The Lady Knights will then play #16 Central Community College at 11 a.m. on Friday November 1 and Dawson Community College at 7 p.m.
After the round-robin has been completed the two teams with the best records will face off on Saturday November 2 at 1 p.m. for the Region IX Division II Tournament Title. The winner will advance to the District G Playoff to compete for a birth in the National Division II Tournament.