North Platte – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team will travel to Columbus to participate in the Region IX Division II volleyball tournament on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28.
The Lady Knights are the second seed in the tournament and will face the number three seed Southeast Community College Lady Storm in the first game of the tournament at 5 PM. The winner of that game will face the number one seed Central Community College Lady Raiders at 7:30 PM on Friday.
The Lady Knights are 17-21 on the season and finished the season at 3-1 in Region IX Division II play.
Luisa Hernandez leads the Lady Knights in kills with 429 kills, which is also leading the region. Hernandez also had 487 defensive digs, which leads the Lady Knights and is second in the region.
Carlie Wytulka leads the Lady Knights in set assists with 776 and Carly Moss has 50 service aces to also lead the Lady Knights. Shaylee Johnson had 144 total blocks to lead the Lady Knights.
The Lady Raiders, the number one seed in the tournament and is ranked 11th in the recent National Junior College Athletic Association Division II volleyball poll is 28-9 on the season and 3-1 in Region IX Division II play. They gained the number one seed by winning the tie-breaker over North Platte.
Amber Anderson has 365 kills to lead the Lady Raiders. Jacie Laetsch is second on the team with 312 kills and Chainey Tompkin is third with 307 kills. Laetch has 415 defensive digs and 40 service aces, Paxton Throne has 1138 set assists and Tompkin has 152 total blocks to lead the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Storm are the tournament third seed with a record of 8-23 overall and 0-4 in Region IX Division II play.
Stevie Tobin has 297 kills and 35 service aces to lead the Lady Storm. Katie Ellard leads the Lady Storm and the region with 673 defensive digs. Other leaders for the Lady Storm are Addi Schram with 709 set assists and Maggie Parde with 57 total blocks.
All tournament games will be live streamed. The link can be found at www.npccknights.com.
The winner of the double elimination tournament will travel to play the winner of Region 13 for the District G championship in a best of three playoff for a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament in Charleston, W. Va.
Fort Dodge, Iowa – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team swept both games on day one of the Triton Invitational on Friday.
The first game, the Lady Knights defeated the Des Moines Area Community College Lady Bears in three sets, 25-21, 25-16, and 25-19.
Luisa Hernandez had 12 kills for the Lady Knights and Carly Moss added eight kills. Taylin McNair had 19 set assists and Carlie Wytulka added 16. Moss also had 13 defensive digs.
In game two of the day, the Lady Knights defeated the Iowa Lake Community College Lakers in three sets 26-24, 25-6, and 25-14.
Hernandez finished the game with 14 kills, while Aly Camacho and Wytulka ended with nine kills each for the Lady Knights. McNair and Wytulka finished with 22 and 20 set assists respectively. Hernandez also had 14 defensive digs.
Lady Knight Head Coach Alexa McCall said, “I thought overall we served and passed really well for the most part. It helped us defensively and we were able to stay aggressive on offense.”
The Lady Knights finished their regular season by going 0-2 on the final day of the Triton Invitational.
The Lady Knights started off the day by playing the sixth ranked Cowley County Community College Lady Tigers. The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Knights in three sets, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-19.
Luisa Hernandez led the Lady Knights in kills with 14 kills. Carly Moss had 12 defensive digs and Taylin McNair had 16 set assists to also lead the Lady Knights.
In the second game, the Lady Knights were defeated by the 17th ranked and host Iowa Central Community College Lady Tritons, 25-8, 25-13, and 25-18.
Hernandez had 11 kills, McNair had nine defensive digs, Carlie Wytulka and McNair each had 10 set assists to lead the Lady Knights.
Lady Knight Head Coach Alexa McCall said, “We played some tough teams today and just weren’t able to execute.”
The Lady Knights end the regular season with a 17-21 record. Of the 38 games, 11 opponents are currently ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II ratings or received votes. Three are ranked or received votes in the Division I ratings.
The Lady Knights will begin the Region IX Division II tournament on Friday, October 27 in Columbus. The Lady Knights will be the second seed in the tournament.
North Platte – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team claimed their share of the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference crown by defeating the Southeast Community College Lady Storm on Wednesday in three sets 25-14, 25-16, and 25-17.
The win gives the Lady Knights a 15-19 record overall and 5-1 record in the NCCAC. The Lady Knights tied Central Community College for the top spot in the conference. The two teams also tied in the Region IX Division II regular season. Central will be the number one seed in the Region IX Division II tournament because they defeated the Lady Knights in four sets, while the Lady Knights defeated Central in five sets.
“I’m glad we took care of the things we needed to tonight,” Lady Knight Head Coach Alexa McCall said. “I thought we served really well and that helped us to play well at the net.”
Luisa Hernandez led the Lady Knights in kills with 10, followed by Carlie Wytulka with seven. Wytulka also had 12 set assists. Hernandez had 10 defensive digs to lead the Lady Knights.
The game was the final game at the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium for six sophomore members of the Lady Knights that include Mikenna Curlee, Antonya Schaffert, Madi Gilg, Cheyanne Kuhlmann , Aly Camacho and student assistant Stephanee Black.
“I’m proud of our sophomores and can’t thank them enough for what they have done for the program,” McCall said.
The Lady Knights will finish the regular season this weekend when they travel to Fort Dodge, Iowa to play in the Triton Invitational.
North Platte – Six sophomores will make their final regular season appearance for the North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team at the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium when the Lady Knights play the Southeast Community College Lady Storm at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 18.
The sophomores are: Mikenna Curlee, Antonya Schaffert, Madi Gilg, Cheyanne Kuhlmann, Aly Camacho, and Student Assistant Stephanee Black.
Lady Knight Head Coach Alexa McCall said, “I am really proud of our sophomores. They each have very different roles but I have been very impressed with how they have handled them and their willingness to do whatever it takes for their team. They are great girls on the court and off and have set the standard high for our freshman.”
The Lady Storm come into the game with an 8-20 overall record. They are 0-3 in Region IX Division II play and 0-5 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference.
Stevie Tobin leads the Lady Storm in kills with 23 kills. Katie Ellard has 606 defensive digs and Addi Schramm has 6 set assists for the Lady Storm.
The Lady Knights are 14-19 on the season and are 2-1 in Region IX Division II play and 4-1 in NCCAC play.
Luisa Hernandez leads the Lady Knights in kills with 369 and defensive digs with 438. Carlie Wytulka has 711 set assists to also lead the Lady Knights.
“This is a big game for us as it is a Region and Conference game”, McCall said. “I hope that we take care of things on our side. We have been working on blocking and terminating out of defense and I hope we use this week of practice that we had to execute things we should be at this point.”
The game will be broadcast on ESPN 1410 radio and on the internet at www.northplattepost.com. It will also be video livestreamed at www.npccknights.com.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has hired Washington State athletic director Bill Moos to head its sports program.
University officials announced the pick on Sunday, less than four weeks after firing AD Shawn Eichorst. Eichorst was let go the day after the Cornhuskers football team lost to Northern Illinois at home. His replacement was named the day after Nebraska was routed in Lincoln by Ohio State.
University chancellor Ronnie Green praised Moos in a statement as a “proven winner.” Green says Moos was picked from a field that included several sitting athletic directors from Power Five conference schools.
Moos has been athletic director at Washington State since 2010. The 66-year-old agreed to a five-year contract with a base annual salary of $1 million, plus incentives. His job at Nebraska will start on Oct. 23.