COLUMBUS — The injury bug continues to bite Central Community College.
The fifth-ranked Raiders, who were already playing without three sophomore starters, lost freshman setter Maddie Davis over the weekend while hosting the Ramada Classic.
Davis, who moved into the starting lineup when Paxton Throne was hurt the previous weekend, went down during Saturday's four-set loss to 16th-ranked Iowa Central Community College at Raider Fieldhouse.
"I can't say enough about our effort and ability to fight in the match," Central Community College head coach Mary Young said. "Many teams would give up, but I thought we played with a lot of heart. Iowa Central is a solid team and we hung right with them and made them play to beat us."
With Throne and Davis out, Lakeview graduate Jordee Korte stepped in to fill the setter position for Central. Young said she showed "a lot of poise" in the role.
The Raiders dropped the Iowa Central match 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23 to finish 2-2 at the Ramada Classic.
They started Saturday by rolling to a 25-23, 25-17, 25-17 victory over Bismarck State College.
Central hit .327 in that match, including a team-best 13 kills on .444 hitting for Chainey Tompkin, who also had two solo blocks and four assisted blocks.
Amber Anderson tallied 10 kills on 24 attempts and Jacie Laetsch filled the stat sheet with nine kills, 13 digs, two solo blocks and two assisted blocks.
Lexi Holland recorded a team-best 15 digs and two aces for Central and Davis had 44 assists.
"I was pleased with our ability to bounce back from our loss on Friday evening," Young said. "We all left the gym pretty frustrated and it was good to rebound with a quality win. We were way more efficient with our hitting and it enabled us to score on Bismarck."
The loss Young is referencing came in the second match Friday against Kansas City Kansas Community College, which topped the Raiders 25-21, 25-21, 13-25, 25-22.
Central hit just .172 in that match.
"We ran into a KCK squad that played with a ton of confidence and we weren't able to get into a good rhythm and struggled at the net offensively," Young said.
Anderson led the way for Central with 12 kills, Laetsch added 11 and Tompkin and Lakeview graduate Morgan Iverson followed with 10 each. Iverson also had two solo blocks and four assisted blocks.
Holland finished with a team-best 20 digs and Davis contributed 38 assists and 11 digs.
The Raiders opened their home tournament Friday by sweeping Williston State College 25-14, 25-12, 25-19.
Tompkin and Anderson went for 13 kills each as Central hit .347 in the win.
Laetsch and Korte recorded a team-best eight digs apiece and Davis had 45 assists in a well-rounded performance for the Raiders.
Central is now 24-7 on the season, but just 5-4 since sophomores Maeghan Pieper and Jessica Eurek suffered knee injuries nearly two weeks ago.
"We continue to get tested with all of our injuries and I'm really proud of our team and their ability to stay positive and a cohesive unit," Young said. "I do believe it's preparing us for something great."
North Platte Community College visits Raider Fieldhouse on Wednesday.