TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College volleyball team topped Central Wyoming College on Tuesday evening in a five-set thriller.
The Lady Lancers won the first two sets, before the visiting Lady Rustlers won sets three and four to force the fifth and deciding set in a 3-2 (25-15, 25-22, 25-27, 17-25, 15-11) EWC victory.
In the early going, CWC grabbed an early 7-4 lead, but a service error and a kill by sophomore Alyssa Parmelee sparked an 8-1 rally to give EWC its first lead of the match.
With a 12-8 lead, the Lady Lancers never trailed again for the remainder of the set, pushing its lead to 10 by scoring the final three points of the set.
In the second set, Eastern Wyoming raced out to a 5-1 advantage, but Central Wyoming battled back to tie the set at 17. However, back-to-back kills by sophomore Vanja Przulj put the Lady Lancers back on top for good to close out the set.
In the third, EWC scored the first five points of the set, looking to close out the contest with a sweep, but Central Wyoming had other ideas.
The visitors scored nine of the next 11 points to take their first lead since the early moments of the match.
CWC held the lead until sophomore Anja Vuleta’s block gave the Lady Lancers a 20-19 advantage.
Over the remainder of the set, the teams swapped the lead three times and were tied on three occasions.
An attack error, which ended up in the net, gave EWC a 25-24, forcing Central Wyoming to use its final timeout.
Coming out of the break, the Lady Rustlers scored three straight points to extend the match.
In the fourth set, CWC jumped out to a 3-1 lead and never trailed in the eight-point set victory, forcing a fifth and final set.
In the fifth, kills from freshman Victoria Anderer and Przulj gave EWC a 5-3 advantage, and the Lady Lancers never trailed in the deciding set. Przulj capped off the match with an emphatic kill.
Wednesday’s home volleyball finale against Western Wyoming Community College was canceled and will go down as a no contest for the Lady Lancers. EWC (13-11 overall and 3-4 in the Region IX North) wraps up the regular season against Laramie County Community College (10-9 and 5-3) in Cheyenne on Saturday at 3 p.m.