TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College volleyball team opened the Region IX North play over the weekend, and the Lady Lancers dropped both matches.
On Friday, the Lady Lancers dropped a 3-2 match to the No. 17-ranked Central Wyoming College Lady Rustlers.
Eastern Wyoming won the first set 25-22, but Central Wyoming won the next two sets 26-24, 25-23. The Lady Lancers battled back to force a fifth set with a 25-16 win. In the deciding set, the visitors edged EWC 15-13.
Freshman Gareth Bruce led the team with 11 kills, while freshman Fatima Ramirez and sophomore Alyssa George added 10 each. As a team, the Lady Lancers served up 10 aces, including four from freshman Asli Erdi and three from sophomore Vanja Tomic. Tomic also tallied 24 assists, while freshman Halle Hogan added 22.
On the defensive side of the net, freshman Jelena Jablanov tallied 28 digs, while Tomic had 18. Erdi had five blocks, while freshman Makenna Reinhert and sophomore Victoria Anderer had two apiece.
The next day, Northwest College came to the Verl Petsch Jr. Activities Center, and the Lady Trappers left town with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-18) sweep.
In the opening set, the Lady Lancers jumped out to an 8-3 lead, but Northwest chipped away at the deficit tying the match at 13 before eventually taking the lead at 17-16. The teams were tied on four more occasions, including 21, 22 and 24 and 25 before the Lady Rustlers scored the final two points of the set.
In the second set, the Lady Lancers took an early lead behind a pair of aces from George to take a 3-1 advantage.
The second set proved to be much like the first as the teams found themselves tied five times before Northwest scored the final two points of the set to take a 2-0 lead.
In the final set, the visitors scored the first point of the set and never trailed en route to the sweep.
George led the team with 11 kills, three aces and 16 digs. Ramirez added six kills, while Bruce had five. Tomic dished out 18 assists, and Erdi and Anderer had two blocks each.
The Lady Lancers (5-8 overall and 0-2 in the Region IX North) travel to Casper on Friday, Oct. 1 for a 7 p.m. match and to Western Wyoming Community College for a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 2.