The top-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team captured two more wins on the season with sweeps over Cloud County Community College and the host team Northeastern Junior College Friday at the Pizza Hut Invite in Sterling, Colorado.
The Cougars opened the tourney with an impressive 25-21, 25-14, 25-12 win over Cloud County behind a 16-kill performance from Barbara Briceno. WNCC followed that up with an even more impressive win knocking off NJC 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 to run their record to 11-2 on the season.
Against Cloud, three Cougars finished with double-digit kills. Briceno led the way with 16 kills followed by Lara Picht with 12, and Brooke Kaawa with 10. Kaylee Spreier had a strong serving night, finishing with 10 points and an ace. Spreier also had three kills, three digs, and a block.
Briceno added eight digs and three points, while Picht had seven digs, six points, and an ace, while Kaawa had seven digs, 2 ½ blocks, and three points.
Also for the Cougars, Bia Berta had 38 set assists, five points, five digs, and three aces; Danica Daum had two assists; Genesis Benitez-Fontanez had two digs; Kirstee Trees had two digs and two points; and Alwaise Villa had two digs.
The Cloud County match got the Cougars warmed up and they had an easy win over NJC. The Cougars finished the match with 49 kills and five aces.
Briceno finished with a double-double of 16 kills and 10 digs. Briceno also had four points and an ace. Picht also had 11 kills while tossing in seven kills and three points.
Joise Maldonaldo had a break-out match, finishing with eight kills, while Kaawa had six kills, five points, and seven digs.
Also for the Cougars, Spreier had three kills, 12 points, two aces, and three digs; Berti had 33 set assists, three points, and five digs; Benitez-Fontanez had six kills and four set assists; Trees had two digs; Villa four digs and a point; and Lauren Shaul with three points and a dig.
WNCC, 9-2, will wrap up the Pizza Hut Classic with two matches on Saturday when they will face Sheridan College at 11 a.m.and then Casper College at 3 p.m.