TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College volleyball team overcame a first set loss to win three straight sets to defeat the Western Nebraska Community College Lady Cougars on Tuesday evening at the Verl Pestch Jr. Activities Center.
When the final point was scored, EWC defeated the No. 16-ranked Western Nebraska, 3-1 (17-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-18).
In the opening set, the Lady Lancers fell behind 3-0 before freshman Makenna Reinert put EWC on the scoreboard with a kill.
Eastern Wyoming played from behind all set long, falling behind by as many as eight at 19-11.
In the second set, the Lady Lancers fell behind early again, but this time, EWC battled back and tied the match at 10 courtesy of a service error by WNCC.
On the ensuing point, freshman Fatima Ramirez’s block gave EWC its first lead of the evening.
The teams traded the lead four times over the next several points until sophomore Alyssa George’s kill put her team in front for good at 18-17.
The point also sparked a 6-1 spurt, pushing the Lady Lancer lead to 23-18.
However, the visitors weren’t going to go away tying the match at 23 and 24 before a kill attempt ended up in the net for the Lady Cougars. Ramirez capped off the set with another kill.
In the third set, EWC fell behind again 4-2, but a kill from Reinert and an ace by freshman Halle Hogan put the Lady Lancers in front 6-5.
Eastern Wyoming never trailed again for the remainder of the set, pushing its lead to as many as six at 18-12.
In the deciding set, the Lady Lancers jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never trailed.
Western Nebraska battled back to tie the set at 10, but EWC scored four of the next five points as the Lady Lancers pulled away for the 3-1 victory.
The win evens the EWC record at 8-8 on the season. The Lady Lancers travel to Cheyenne to face Laramie County Community College (13-12) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.