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NORFOLK — Central Community College continued its hot start to the season, going 4-0 at a two-day tournament in Norfolk.

The ninth-ranked Raiders, now 11-0 on the season, opened the tournament Friday with three-set victories over Marshalltown Community College (Iowa) and Colby Community College (Kan.).

Freshman outside hitter Jacie Laetsch led the Central attack against Marshalltown, recording 14 kills in the 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 win. She added 10 digs.

Amber Anderson had 12 kills for the Raiders, Paxton Throne dished out 36 assists and Jessica Eurek recorded 20 digs.

Scotus Central Catholic graduate Maeghan Pieper was the offensive star for Central in the 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Colby Community College. She hammered home 13 kills in the match.

Throne added to her assist total with another 32 to go along with 10 digs. Laetsch had 17 digs and Maddie Davis served a pair of aces.

“I was happy with our effort in both matches this evening,” Central head coach Mary Young said following Friday’s action. “I thought Paxton Throne distributed the ball well and our offense is improving each match. Defensively, our block was strong and helped ignite our backcourt defense and overall play.”

Central started Day 2 of the tournament with a 25-13, 25-18, 21-25, 25-12 win over Lake Region State College (N.D.).

Amber Anderson paced a balanced Central offense with seven kills. Three other Raiders — Chainey Tompkin, Lakeview graduate Jordee Korte and Laetsch — recorded six kills each and Korte hit a match-best .429.

Throne tacked on 39 assists and five aces, and Eurek had 13 digs.

The Raiders finished their sweep Saturday against ratings contender Fort Scott Community College (Kan.).

Central hit .296 in the match on its way to a 27-29, 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 victory.

Anderson, a sophomore from Omaha, had a monster performance with 19 kills on .450 hitting. Pieper put away 14 kills to go along with three solo blocks and two block assists, and Laetsch had 13 kills and 11 digs.

Eurek led the team with 16 digs and Tompkin recorded five block assists.

Throne, another sophomore from Omaha, finished the tournament with 159 assists after tallying 52 against Fort Scott.

“We ended the day with a quality win against a very good Fort Scott team,” Young said. “They had a potent offense and distributed the ball well. When you factor in their organization and effort on defense, it was a really great win for us.”

Central hosts Southeast Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Raider Fieldhouse.

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Tyler Ellyson is editor of The Columbus Telegram.

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