COLUMBUS — Central Community College continued its perfect start to the season Tuesday by winning its home opener in four sets over rival Northeast Community College.
Ninth-ranked CCC downed the Hawks 25-10, 14-25, 25-16, 25-12 at Raider Fieldhouse behind double-digit kill nights from sophomores Maeghan Pieper and Chainey Tompkin.
Pieper, a Scotus Central Catholic graduate, led the team with 13 kills on .320 hitting. Tompkin hit a ridiculous .611 en route to 11 kills for Central.
Coming off a big weekend when Central defeated four nationally ranked opponents in the Wichita Sports Forum Kickoff, head coach Mary Young said her players' intensity was lacking a bit Tuesday evening, which cost them the second set.
“I think it was a little jitters. I didn’t see the enthusiasm I thought I would see. We play better when we’re playing with more energy," Young said. "We didn’t play with a ton of energy tonight and I think as a team we were trying to overproduce. We forced it and we’re not great like that."
Young did like what she saw from the Raider defense.
“Defensively, we played great last weekend and good tonight, but it’s a marathon. We have a long way to go and we know that," she said.
Paxton Throne recorded a team-high 17 digs for Central, while Tompkin and Lakeview graduate Jordee Korte had three block assists and one solo block apiece, accounting for five of the team's seven blocks.
Throne added a match-best 41 assists.
Central is 6-0 to start the season, and Young knows the team will continue to improve.
"We want to be playing our best in October and November, so we’re learning along the way and it’s good," Young said.
The Raiders head to Norfolk on Friday for a two-day tournament. They'll face Marshalltown Community College and Colby Community College on the opening day.