Lady Lancers fall twice in home triangular to North Platte, WNCC

TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College Lancers hosted the North Platte Community College Knights and the No. 11-ranked Western Nebraska Community College Cougars for a triangular Tuesday evening at the Verl Petsch Jr. Activities Center.

The Lady Lancers went 0-2 for the day to drop to 1-9, extending the losing streak to nine straight.

In the first match of the evening, the Knights handed EWC a 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20) loss.

North Platte jumped out to a 3-1 lead and never trailed in the opening set.

The Lady Lancers kept things close throughout the first set until the Knights put together a small run late in the set to pull away for the win.

In the second set, it was EWC who jumped out to an early lead, but North Platte tied the match and neither team held more than a one-point advantage until a 3-0 spurt by the Knights gave the visitors an 18-15 lead.

The North Platte advantage remained at three the rest of the set.

In the third set, the contest remained close.

EWC went on a 7-3 run to end the set to pull off the team’s first set win dating back to Aug. 24 against Utah State Eastern.

The strong finish to the set was capped off by Lisette LeForge’s kill.

The Lady Lancers looked to carry the momentum over to the fourth set, leading 13-12 following a kill by Souadou Bangoura.

However, North Platte responded with 4-0 run and never trailed the remainder of the match.

LeForge led the team with 11 kills, while Dawson Sharman added 10. Defensively, Sharman and Nadia Montalban-El Hiriche led the team with six digs, while Bangoura, Laforge, Yoana Tsaneva and Katie Strohschein tallied one block each.

In between matches, North Platte fell to the Cougars, 3-1 (25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 25-13).

In the final match of the night, the Lady Lancers came out swinging against Western Nebraska, taking set one 25-23 before falling in three straight sets 25-15, 25-12, 25-22.

In the opening set, Megan Musselman set the tone for the rest of the set, recording her only kill of the match

Western Nebraska tied the match at three apiece, but a 4-0 run gave the Lady Lancers a little breathing room.

The Lady Cougars managed to tie the set again before Sharman served up an ace and the Lady Lancers never trailed again the remainder of the set against the national-ranked team.

Over the next two sets, Western Nebraska dominated the Lady Lancers, but in the final set, EWC looked to force a fifth set.

They grabbed an early 4-2 lead courtesy of a block point by Tsaneva, but the visitors battled back with a 4-0 spurt to take the lead.

Western Nebraska’s advantage grew to as many as 24-17, but EWC had one more run in them and scored the next five points before the Cougars finished them off.

LaForge led the Lady Lancers with 10 kills, while Sharman added eight. LaForge also added three aces.

Defensively, Bangoura recorded a team-high three blocks, while Montalban-El Hiriche tallied 12 digs.

The Lady Lancers travel to Northeastern Junior College in Colorado this weekend for the Pizza Hut Invite Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, EWC will have a shot at revenge against North Platte at 2 p.m. and then face Lamar Community College at 6 p.m. The next day, the Lady Lancers will open with Otero Junior College at noon and finish up with Colorado Northwestern Community College at 2 p.m.

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