CCC spikers end long road trip on a positive note

By Jeremy Nelson, Central Christian College Sports Information
September 06, 2014

DALLAS — Central Christian College’s volleyball team remained on the road Friday at Dallas to participate in a triangular with Dallas Christian and St. Thomas University. The Lady Tigers wound up with a split, losing to St. Thomas, but defeating Dallas Christian.

The Lady Tigers lost in four sets to the St. Thomas University Celts. They dropped sets one and two 19-25 and 15-25. They played much better in the third set winning a close one 25-23. In the final set the Celts took charge and finished the match 25-15.

Offensively the Lady Tigers recorded 30 kills on 138 attempts with 19 errors. Winona Vili was the team's kills leader with 8 on 26 attempts. Brittany Bergstrom and Kasi Kraus were next, each recording seven kills. On the defensive side of the ball, the Lady Tigers had 90 defensive digs and 5 blocks. Individually, Sierra Sandoval and Ciara Costello had 23 and 20 digs respectively.

The two-day road trip finished on a good note for Central, defeating the host school, Dallas Christian, in three close sets 25-23, 25-21, 25-22. The CCC offense doubled its hitting percentage from the early match to .167 on 31 kills on 120 attempts with just 11 errors. Kraus was the primary target, recording 8 kills on 33 swings and 4 errors. Defensively, Costello had 26 of the team's 76 defensive digs.

In both matches, the Tigers did a nice job of serving. Between the two matches, they notched 21 aces. They had 14 in the first match and seven more in the finale. Setter Hannah Crandall added 49 more assists to her season total. She had 25 in match one and 24 in match two.

"I think the girls worked hard overall this weekend,” CCC coach Christina Ludwick said. "Tough opponents and long road trips will help us in the future during conference."

 The Lady Tigers have played their last four matches on the road but will have five of their next six at home. "We are excited to be back in town for the next two weeks,” Ludwick said.

The 2-4 Lady Tigers will be back in action on Monday night against crosstown rival McPherson College. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Sport Center.