It was a rousing opener here Tuesday night for Central Christian College’s volleyball team at a very loud Jerry E. Alexander Arena.
The Lady Tigers needed only three sets to blank county rival Bethany College, 3-0.
CCC was a 25-22, 25-18 and 25-22 winner.
“This program has always been considered weak and tonight the girls wanted to send a message that we are anything but,” CCC coach Christina Ludwick said. “Our girls have been working their tails off all preseason and tonight their hard work paid off. Our crowd was unbelievable, too. I've never seen a crowd that big and loud at Central, ever. We're excited to see what we can accomplish this season."
Leaders for the Lady Tigers were Hannah Crandall (34 assists), Mayuko Shono (nine kills), Brittany Bergstrom (nine kills), Kasi Kraus (10 digs) and Sierra Sandoval (10 digs).
For Bethany, Ariel Buhr came up with 23 assists, while other standouts were Alexa Gerber (nine kills), Paloma Juarros (10 assists) and Eileen Vlamis (10 assists).
“"Central Christian is a very scrappy team and did a nice job of attacking us," Bethany coach Nathalea Stephenson said. "Our blocking tonight hurt us. We were early on the blocks. They set the ball high and we didn't adjust well. With the higher sets you have to wait and we did not do that tonight."
CCC goes on the road Saturday to play a triangular in Omaha. Bethany is off until Sept. 3 when it hosts Bethel in its KCAC opener.