BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Central Christian College’s volleyball team has some work to do in pool play today in the NCCAA Regional Tournament.
The Lady Tigers got under way on Thursday with a four-set loss to Colorado Christian University. CCC suffered a huge blow early when star spiker Mayuko Shono went down with a knee injury that will keep her out of the rest of the tournament.
“When one of your top players goes down in such a dramatic way there's always a chance the team will panic or crumble,” CCC coach Christina Ludwick said. “We have faced some tough times this year, but nothing like an injury of this magnitude. The team handled it with such grace and poise and the girls were so determined to fight.”
Central won the second set 25-22, but it was Colorado Christian taking control in the other three.
Kasi Kraus led Central in kills with 11 and Ciara Costello had 22 digs. Hannah Crandall totaled 25 assists.
“Colorado Christian is the No. 2 team in our region and is phenomenal on both sides of the ball,” Ludwick said. “I was extremely impressed with the way we competed and executed throughout the match against a team that is hands-down the best team we've seen all year. As a coach I'm so proud of what these kids are doing on and off the court. We still have two matches tomorrow, both must wins, and if we perform the way we did today, we'll find ourselves in the semifinals Friday night. With these kids, anything is possible."
Central, now 17-18, plays Oklahoma Wesleyan and Mid-America Christian University today.