EWC volleyball closes out at region tourney


CASPER – The Eastern Wyoming College volleyball team closed out 2021 season at the Region IX Tournament in Casper on Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Lancers went 1-2 at the tournament to finish the season with a 15-13 record.

Eastern Wyoming won the first-round contest, sweeping the South Division’s Trinidad State Junior College, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19).

Sophomore Vanja Przulj led the team with 13 kills, while freshman Alyssa George added 11. Sophomore Anja Vuleta had five. Freshman setter Ivona Zarin dished out 19 assists, while sophomore libero J’Adora Hayes tallied a team-high 17 digs. Freshman Lejla Viteskic led the team with three blocks.

The win advanced the Lady Lancers to a quarterfinal matchup against rival Western Nebraska Community College.

The Lady Cougars handed EWC a 3-0 loss, falling 25-20, 25-19, 25-17.

Przulj was the lone Lady Lancer in double-figures in kills with 12. A total of nine EWC players tallied at least one kill. George and freshman Neza Pec added five apiece. George also had a team-high 13 digs, while Zarin had 10 assists. Pec had three blocks.

The loss dropped Eastern Wyoming to a must-win match on the consolation side of the bracket against Central Wyoming College.

The teams split their regular season matchups, both winning on their respective home courts, but the Lady Rustlers won the neutral court game on Thursday afternoon, ending any Lady Lancer hopes of qualifying for the national tournament.

CWC ended the EWC season with a 3-1 loss.

The Lady Rustlers won the first two sets 27-25 and 25-15, but the Lady Lancers kept the match alive with a 27-25 win. Central Wyoming bounced back in the fourth for the match win 25-14.

Przulj led the EWC attack with 15 kills, while George added 10. Pec had six. Zarin handed out 24 assists, while Przulj and Hayes had 22 and 23 digs, respectively. Freshman Victoria Anderer had two blocks to close out the season.

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