NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Community College volleyball team went right to work on Friday, sweeping Iowa Lakes Community College, 25-13, 25-17 and 25-18 in the first round of ICCAC postseason play at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
The Hawks (7-15, 5-14 ICCAC) powered to a convincing first-set win, hitting .286 as a team. Northeast held strong in the second set, tallying 14 kills to only four errors, which was good for a .323 hitting percentage. The Lakers began to capitalize on a few miscues by the Hawks, but Northeast managed to re-gain the momentum later in the third set.
Carly Hirsch (Norfolk, Neb.) recorded 16 kills and a .469 hitting percentage. Payton Weber (Alliance, Neb.) added eight kills and 12 digs, while Elizabeth Christensen (Stanton, Neb.) notched six kills and 21 digs. Jamie Bonifas (Blue Hill, Neb.) had 34 assists and 10 digs, while Alexis Kapales (Jonesboro, Ark.) tallied 16 digs.
The Hawks hit the road to battle Kirkwood Community College in the semifinals of the Region XI-B Tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.