NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – For the second straight match, the Eastern Wyoming College dug themselves in a 2-0 deficit only to bounce back and force a fifth game.
Only this time, the Lady Lancers completed the comeback to get a 3-2 (17-25, 20-25, 25-20, 26-24, 16-14) road victory over North Platte Community College.
It was the second time this season EWC has defeated North Platte, but things were a little different this time around.
“Going into the match, we knew things would look a little different,” coach Dante Geoffrey said. “Vanja (Przulj) was out with a shoulder injury for precautionary reasons. We really want to keep everyone healthy for October and November.”
As a result, the Lady Lancer lineup experienced a shift.
“For the players, that can take a little bit to feel confident and comfortable when you know things look a little bit different. It’s hard to say how much it contributed to a really slow start,” Geoffrey said. “The energy wasn’t there.”
Finding themselves down 2-0 again, Geoffrey made a few more changes, and they worked.
J’Adora Hayes came on in the third set was a contributing factor to the comeback.
“J’Adora Hayes had a reversal of the night she had against Western Nebraska where she struggled a little bit the first two sets. This time, she came in after the first two sets and was a difference maker. It was a nice bit of redemption for her to see her play how she is capable of playing.”
Now the Lady Lancers turn their attention to this weekend’s Sheridan College Tournament where they will play Rocky Mountain JV, Miles Community College, Dawson Community College and Colorado Northwestern Community College.
“We are going to use it as an opportunity to continue to add some new wrinkles to the offense and try to some new things because the following two weekends get a lot tougher,” Geoffrey said. “We’ll see ranked opponents and probably soon-to-be-ranked opponents. We want to be as diverse as possible when that comes.”