TORRINGTON – The No. 16-ranked Eastern Wyoming College volleyball team ended the Lancer Invitational in the win column against North Platte (Neb.) Community College on Saturday afternoon.
The 3-1 win proved to be the win of the weekend who also lost to nationally ranked Northeastern (Colo.) Junior College and Salt Lake (Utah) Community College on Friday and Utah State Eastern on Saturday morning.
In Saturday’s 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21 win over NPCC, the Lady Lancers jumped out to a 7-3 lead behind a serving ace by sophomore J’Adore Hayes and a block from freshman Lejla Viteskic.
Eastern Wyoming never trailed in the opening set en route to the 10-point set win.
In the second, 14 ties highlighted the set.
EWC led 16-15 before North Platte went on a 10-2 run to even the match score at one.
In the third set, the Lancers were the first on the scoreboard and never trailed.
North Platte managed to tie the set at four, but a kill by freshman Alyssa George put EWC back in front. The visiting Lady Knights tied the match again at 18, but freshman Anja Vuleta’s kill quickly broke the tie on the next point.
In the game-deciding set, Eastern Wyoming used a 6-2 spurt to regain the lead to pull away for the win.
Sophomore Alyssa Parmelee led the Lady Lancers with 10 kills, while Vuleta added eight. Sophomore Vanja Przulj and freshman Neza Pec had six apiece. Hayes had a team-high 23 digs, while freshman Alyssa George had 14. Viteskic tallied six blocks.
In the morning game, the No. 4-ranked Utah State Eastern Eagles knocked off EWC, 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15).
Freshman Victoria Anderer’s kill gave the Lady Lancers a 2-1 advantage, but it was short-lived as the Eagles scored the next seven points.
A serving error by USE slowed its run, but it wasn’t until Przulj’s kill and sophomore Devyn Volz ace when EWC strung a few points together.
The Lady Lancers got as close as five over the remainder of the set.
In the second, Utah State Eastern scored the first three points, but a kill from Anderer, an ace and a kill from George tied the set at three. Anderer added her second kill of the set to give the Lady Lancers a 4-3 lead.
With EWC leading 9-7, USE scored six straight points to regain the lead and take a 2-0 set lead.
In the third, Eastern Wyoming scored five of the final seven points to prevent the sweep.
In the final set, the Lady Lancers never led as the Eagles pulled away for the win.
No individual stats were available from the match at press time.
On Friday, EWC opened the Lancer Invite with a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22) loss to No. 11 Northeastern Junior College just three days after knocking off NJC on their home court.
Przulj led the team with 15 kills, while Parmelee added 13 and Pec 12. Hayes tallied 20 digs, while Anderer recorded eight blocks.
In the second match on Friday, Eastern Wyoming fell to No. 13 Salt Lake Community College, 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22).
Przulj led EWC with 19 kills, while Pec added 12. Hayes tallied 19 digs, and Pec and freshman Vanja Tomic had 12 each.
The Lady Lancers are now 10-6 on the season and open Region IX North Division play on the road against Northwest College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday in Riverton at Central Wyoming College at 4 p.m.