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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Central Christian off to rocky start

  • The CCC volleyball team opened up their season on Saturday on the road at Bethel College.
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  • The CCC volleyball team opened up their season on Saturday on the road at Bethel College.
    The Tigers participated in a triangular with Bethel, and Langston University.
    Central Christian opened the day against Langston and were defeated in four sets 21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 22-25.  Freshman Israel Espinosa led the Tigers offensively with a .139 hitting percentage. Espinosa had 12 kills on 36 attempts and 7 errors.
    Senior Victoria McCord was next with 8 kills on 24 attempts and 6 errors. As a team, the Tigers had 36 kills on 137 attempts and 33 errors. Freshman setter Hannah Crandall assisted on 21 of the 36 Tiger kills.
    Defensively the Tigers were led by Crandall and sophomore Libero Kathryn Lott. Both ladies were credited with 17 digs.
    The Tigers recorded just one assisted block by Winona Vili and Brittany Bergstrom and they had just two aces, one each by McCord and Kaitlyn Metz.
    In the second match, the Tigers were swept by the Bethel College Threshers 11-25, 18-25, 24-26.
    Brittany Bergstrom led the Tigers offensively with 7 kills on 23 attempts and 6 errors. Collectively, the Tigers recorded 29 kills on 108 attempts and 24 errors.
    CCC tallied two more aces, both from freshman Winona Vili.
    On the defensive side of the ball, Vili led the way with 10 defensive digs followed by Samantha Dahl and Hannah Crandall with eight apiece. The Tigers struggled on the block.
    CCC allowed Bethel to record 33 kills on 100 attempts without recording a single block.
    The Tigers’ struggles to pick up their first win of the year continued Tuesday, as they fell on the road to York College 25-18, 25-19, 25-18.
    Vili led the Tigers offensively with six kills on 14 attempts. Bergstrom and Espinosa both recorded five kills, each. McCord had four.
    Defensively, Bergstrom led the Tigers with nine digs, followed by Lott with seven and Vili with six.
    Crandall had Central’s only blocked shot.
    "We had a great opportunity to start the season off with a win, but had a tough time finishing in games,”  Central coach Christina Ludwick said. “This team is young, though, and I think with a little time we'll settle into our system. We're looking forward to the next challenge and ready to get back to work."
    Central (0-3) is back in action Thursday, as they continue their road swing to open the season at Union College.
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