Kaylee Spreier couldn’t have asked for a better performance Thursday against McCook Community College.
Spreier, who was celebrating her 20th birthday, finished with five big kills along with five points, two aces, and four digs to help the Cougars to the 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 win. It was the Cougars’ 25th win of the season while also pushing the Cougars South conference record to 5-1.
“We played really good. We haven’t played this good for a long time so it is good to get a good win. We actually had less errors,” the birthday girl said. “Being ranked number two it is very important for us to play our best. We have to show that we need to be ranked that high and we haven’t played like that in a while to show how good we can be.”
And Thursday’s win was crucial after playing a tough four games against Northeastern Junior College on Wednesday.
“Last night [Wednesday] we fought hard in that game. It wasn’t our best game but we got the win,” Spreier said. “It was really good that we came in and got the job done tonight.”
In deed the Cougars played much better against McCook. The Cougars never trailed in game one, trailed once in game two, and just a couple times in game three, the last time at 10-8, to get the sweep.
A big key in the win was a balanced offense, where seven different players notched a kill.
“I think our offense was really good tonight,” Spreier said. “The passes were great so that enabled the sets to be great, and the hitters than could do a lot with them. We had a lot of different people that played in the front row and it seemed to work.”
Barbara Briceno led the way with 15 kills followed by Lara Picht with 13. Kadara Marshall pounded home seven while Brooke Kaawa had six. Bia Berta also had three while Joise Maldonado came in to get one.
WNCC also had a strong serving game where the team finished with eight aces, two each from Spreier, Picht, and Briceno. Kaawa and Alwaise Villa each had one.
The big key in the serving game, though, was errors. The Cougars had just five missed serves. Picht had 10 points service line followed by Briceno with nine, and Spreier with five.
The first game saw a tight match at 6-4 before Briceno served four points for an 11-4 lead. WNCC went on to win the first 25-15 on a Briceno kill.
The second set saw McCook lead 2-1 before Spreier served three points, including two aces for a 5-2 lead. WNCC went on to lead 10-5 on a Spreier kill and later pushed the lead to 17-14 on three more Spreier points. WNCC would go on to win 25-18.
The third game was pretty tight early with McCook leading 8-6 on two Sidney Kizer points. McCook would lead 10-8 before a Marshall kill and then Picht served six straight points for a 15-10 lead.
WNCC went pushed the lead to 19-13 on two Alwaise Villa points. McCook would come back to cut the lead to 20-19 on three Kizer points and would tie the game at 22-22. Picht would come back with a kill and then serve the final two points for the win.
The Cougars also received 26 set assists from Berta, Danica Daum had 15 set assists; Genesis Benitez-Fontanez had three digs, Briceno finished with nine, Picht six, Kaawa seven, and Villa five.
The Cougars will have a day off before hosting Casper College on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. The Cougars will then have three matches next week beginning with Otero Junior College on Thursday, the team that defeated the Cougars last week. They will also face Lamar Community College and Trinidad State Junior College.