The Plainswomen were on the road this past weekend to go compete in the Wyo-Braska Volleyball Tournament in Torrington. After coming off of a pair of losses in the 38th Annual Sheila Worley Invitational Tournament the previous weekend at home, the ladies were looking for a rebound, and a rebound is indeed what they got. With matches against Barton Community College, Western Wyoming College, Central Wyoming College and Eastern Wyoming College, the Plainswomen swept through the weekend with 4 straight wins, putting them at an even 8-8 overall record for the season. This was the first time in Coach Mackenzie Chrisman's coaching career that she has led her team to a 4-0 weekend in tournament play. NJC Volleyball heads to Nebraska on Tuesday, September 21st to battle North Platte Community College where the Plainswomen look to extend their winning streak to 5 games.
(Game Recap #1 - 9/17) Plainswomen vs. Barton Community College = Won 3-0
Set #1 - NJC-25 BCC-23 (Won)
Set #2 - NJC-25 BCC-15 (Won)
Set #3 - NJC-25 BCC-23 (Won)
Breakdown: NJC dominated most of the match offensively. Sophmore Mayson Fago led the way with 16 kills, averaging more than 5 kills a set. Freshman Faith Trenkle also came up big with 12 kills and 2 aces while freshman Allie Schumacher lead NJC with 18 assists. Set one was a very evenly matched game with teams going back and forth for points. In game two, the Plainswomen found their stride and momentum with a big win at 25-15, leading the game from point one. The final game seen Barton taking a 13-20 lead over NJC. But with tough defense and very timely serves, both sophmores Andie Anderson and Jade Feather each had 3 aces towards the end of the match to help them come back and win 25-23.
(Game Recap #2 - 9/17) Plainswomen vs. Western Wyoming College = Won 3-0
Set #1 - NJC-25 WWC-17 (Won)
Set #2 - NJC-25 WWC-16 (Won)
Set #3 - NJC-25 WWC-16 (Won)
Breakdown: The Plainswomen spread around the offense this game with freshman Kaytlin Smart having 7 kills and sophmore Helin Halden with 6 kills. Mayson Fago recorded another double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs. NJC started out each match very aggresively which led to winning results. A total of 7 aces and 10 blocks during the match also added to the higher intensity in which they played.
(Game Recap #3 - 9/18) Plainswomen vs. Central Wyoming College = Won 3-2
Set #1 - NJC-25 CWC-8 (Won)
Set #2 - NJC-25 CWC-22 (Won)
Set #3 - CWC-25 NJC-19 (Loss)
Set #4 - CWC-25 NJC-21 (Loss)
Set #5 - NJC-15 CWC-12 (Won)
Breakdown: NJC was ready for redemtion against Central Wyoming as they had taken down the Plainswomen in 4 sets two weeks ago. In set #1, the ladies dominated the entire game with a 25-8 win, the biggest win in a set this year for NJC. Set #2 saw the Plainswomen down 5 at one point, battled back and took the win at 25-22. In set #3 and set #4, NJC got complacent and had lots of trouble with their serves, which was costly in those set losses. The final set seen big defensive plays from NJC as they battled for the 15-12 win. This was the first 5 set match that NJC has won this season. Big defense was the name of the game with NJC tallying 13 blocks and 78 digs, lead by sophmore Jade Feather.
(Game Recap #4 - 9/18) Plainswomen vs. Eastern Wyoming College = Won 3-0
Set #1 - NJC-25 EWC-17 (Won)
Set #2 - NJC-25 EWC-19 (Won)
Set #3 - NJC-25 EWC-19 (Won)
Breakdown: The big win for the Plainswomen in their 3rd match of the tournament had them carrying a ton of momentum into their last match of the tournament. Timely scores and big play defensively came to the rescue again for NJC. Sophmore Mayson Fago recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs. Kaytlin Smart added 7 kills while Faith Trenkle added 11 digs. NJC played big as well at the net tallying a total of 8 blocks in the contest. The Plainswomen dominated each match, rarely not having the lead in the entire length of all sets.