SHERIDAN – The Eastern Wyoming College Lady Lancers took all three of their games to four sets at the Region IX Tournament in Sheridan over the weekend, falling in two of them.
EWC opened the tournament against Northwest College. The Lady Lancers narrowly lost the first set, 25-23, before dropping the second, 25-14. EWC rebounded to pick up a win in the third, 25-23, before pushing the fourth set to extra points, falling 29-27.
Helena Khouri had a solid game at the service line, recording three aces. She also led the team in digs, with 22. Alex Simmerman recorded 11 digs and Kylee Tresch added another 10. Tresch and Simmerman also paced EWC in assists, with 14 and 13, respectively.
At the net, Lissette Lefforge tallied 10 kills and four blocks, both of which were team-highs. Precious Williams and Katie Strohschein each kicked in six kills, while Kodi Edwards and Sage Martin had two blocks apiece.
The loss to Northwest dropped the Lady Lancers to the lower bracket, where their first game was against Central Wyoming College. EWC picked up a win in the first set, 25-16, before slipping up in the second, 25-21. The Lady Lancers started on a roll and closed out the match in the next two sets, 25-18, 25-21.
Khouri again piled on the aces, with three in the win, followed by Lefforge, who added two. Khouri amassed 29 digs to pace EWC, followed by Dawson Sharman, with 12, and Simmerman, with eight. Simmerman led the way in assists, with Simmerman, while Tresch added another 19.
At the net, Williams racked up 11 kills, with another 10 coming from Lefforge. Lefforge added four blocks to her stat line. Edwards and Strohschein chipped in two blocks apiece.
With the win, EWC moved on to the second round of the lower bracket, squaring off against host Sheridan College. EWC lost the first set, 25-18, before rallying to win the second 25-21. Sheridan handled business on their home floor in the third (25-14) and fourth (25-21) sets.
Khouri continued her dominant weekend in the back line, tallying 25 digs, followed by Williams, with 15, and Simmerman, with 10. Simmerman finished her stat line with an ace and 15 assists. Tresch also added 16 assists and two aces, both of which were team-highs.
For the third game in a row, Lefforge, who also had two blocks and an ace, recorded 10 kills to lead EWC. Williams added eight and Edwards chipped in seven. The two also combined for three blocks.
At the end of the weekend, EWC finished its season with a 7-30 record. Sheridan College went on to finish second in the tournament, losing to Laramie County Community College in the championship game.