EWC splits Region IX North opener


POWELL – It was the tale of two matches over the weekend for the No. 18-ranked Eastern Wyoming College volleyball team as it began its journey through the Region IX North Division on the road.

On Friday, the Lady Lancers dropped the opening set 28-26 to Northwest College in Powell, but EWC battled back to win three straight sets to come away with a 3-1 (26-28, 31-29, 25-21, 25-19) victory.

Sophomore Vanja Przulj led the team with 11 kills on 30 attempts, while freshman Victoria Anderer added nine. Freshman Anja Vuleta, sophomore Alyssa Parmelee and freshman Neza Pec had seven kills each. Sophomore libero J’Adore Hayes tallied 35 digs, while freshman Lejla Viteskic recorded a team-high four blocks.

The next day, it was the compete opposite story for EWC in Riverton.

The Lady Lancers won the first set, 25-18, but Central Wyoming College won three straight matches to hand EWC a 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16) loss.

Parmalee led the team with 12 kills, while Pec and Anderer had nine apiece. Freshman Alyssa George led the team with 23 digs, while Hayes added 21. Viteskic tallied four blocks. George and freshman Vanja Tomic served up two aces apiece.

The Lady Lancers (11-7 overall and 1-1 North Division) returns home to face Western Wyoming Community College at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 and Casper College at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

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