Central Christian College’s volleyball team finally recorded its first MCAC win of the year here Saturday during triangular action at Alexander Arena.
The Lady Tigers were successful against Central Baptist College, winning in four sets (25-19, 18-25, 26-24, 25-12).
Mayuko Shono led in kills with 16, while Kasi Kraus had 11 and Kayla Townsend chipped in with 10. Ciara Costello had 21 digs. Townsend and Makayin Tuttle had five blocks apiece.
"Today was the day we've been waiting for all season,” CCC coach Christina Ludwick said. "Today it finally clicked for us and we did all the little things we've been working so hard on."
The win assured the Lady Tigers of a berth in the MCAC Tournament, their first-ever appearance in the conference playoffs.
"We've been searching for our first conference win this year and today the girls wouldn't be denied,” Ludwick said. "The first set proved it would be a battle, but we hit well overall. The second-set slump that seems to always show up had us struggling big time. But after earning a tough third set, the girls understood what was at stake and wouldn't be denied. This year conference playoffs are taking eight teams. If we won today we'd be in the playoffs for possibly the first time ever. Set four proved that they wanted it more than anything. I can't say enough about them to tell you how proud I am. Hard work pays off. And it will continue to pay off. "
The good vibe didn’t carry over to the second match for the Lady Tigers as they lost in straight sets to Peru State (16-25, 12-25, 23-25).
Shono wound up with 15 kills. Costello had 17 digs.
"Peru State is phenomenal,” Ludwick said.. "They beat us 3-0 earlier in the year with their backups. Our girls came out swinging and worked their tails off. We almost stole a set from them at the end, something that we never came close to earlier this season. Overall I have to praise Mayu and Ciara for their excellence on the court today. You'll have a hard time finding two kids who work harder and want to win more than them."
The Lady Tigers are 9-18 on the season. They play Wednesday at Haskell.