WICHITA, Kan. — The ninth-ranked Central Community College volleyball team went 4-0 over the weekend while facing some of the nation's top NJCAA Division II competition.
Central downed four rated teams, including No. 2 Lincoln Land Community College, during the two-day Wichita Sports Forum Kickoff in Kansas.
"Overall, it was tremendous to find ways to win against such quality competition," Central head coach Mary Young said.
The Raiders started the event Friday by beating sixth-ranked Coffeyville Community College in five sets, 25-23, 27-25, 16-25, 15-25, 15-13.
Amber Anderson, a sophomore from Omaha, recorded 15 kills in the match and Scotus Central Catholic graduate Maeghan Pieper added 10. Pieper also had two solo blocks and two assisted.
Jessica Eurek led the Raiders with 28 digs and Paxton Throne dished out 38 assists and served four aces.
“It’s definitely exciting to see us compete at a high level early,” Young said. “It's early in the season and we have quite a few unforced errors, but we will correct those errors with more repetition and as we get more comfortable as a team."
The Raiders needed only four sets to take down 10th-ranked Cowley County Community College in their second match Friday. Central won 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-21.
Anderson led the charge again with 15 kills, while Jacie Laetsch, Chainey Tompkin and Pieper tallied eight each.
Lakeview graduate Jordee Korte was the defensive leader for Central, recording eight assisted blocks and one solo.
"I was particularly pleased with our defense and our ability to frustrate both teams we played,” Young said following Friday's matches.
Central continued the momentum Saturday by upsetting second-ranked Lincoln Land in five sets before beating No. 17 Johnson County Community College in come-from-behind fashion.
Playing without Anderson, who missed Saturday's matches with an illness, the Raiders took down Lincoln Land 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-6.
Pieper stepped up in Anderson's absence, leading the team with 18 kills and three aces. Tompkin added 14 kills, Throne had 46 assists and Eurek recorded 18 digs.
The Raiders fell in a 2-0 hole against Johnson County, losing the first two sets 25-20 and 25-16, before rallying for the five-set victory. Central took the final three sets 25-16, 25-22 and 15-11.
"I can't say enough about our resolve and toughness to come back on JCCC and earn the 3-2 win in the final match of the weekend," Young said.
Tompkin paced Central with 15 kills in that match and Pieper notched 10. Both players had one solo block and four assisted blocks.
Lexi Holland recorded 23 digs and nine kills for CCC and Throne had 41 assists, two solo blocks and three assisted blocks. Maddie Davis led Central at the service line with six aces.
Central, now 5-0 to start the season, hosts Northeast Community College at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the home opener at Raider Fieldhouse.