CCC coach Manning picks up first win with the Tigers.

The Central Christian College of Kansas volleyball opened their 2017 season at home with a straight-set victory over Union College 25-18, 25-12, 25-22. It was the first victory for new Tiger's Head Coach Jeremy Manning.

After being down early in the first set 10-3 and 17-12, CCC went on a 13-1 run to earn the first set victory. They momentum did not carry over into the early part of the second set though, as the Tigers once again found themselves down 6-1. But an 8-0 run gave them a lead they would not relinquish as they never looked back to take a 2-0 sets lead.

Set three was a see-saw battle until about midway through, with the Tigers holding a slim 15-13 lead. Central then went on a 9-4 run and were poised to wrap up the match, while the Warriors had other ideas. A 5-0 run by the Union put them within two at 24-22. But a Morgan Cook kill off a set by Hannah Fredrickson finished off the match and gave the Tigers the sweep.

"We started off a bit slow but the girls showed a ton of effort and heart to battle back from behind multiple times during the match," Manning said. "They have a never quit mentality and they put it on display tonight. We were a little rusty and unorganized at times but the girls managed to get it together. Our hitters were swinging well and were pressuring the opposing defense all night."

Offensively CCC had a .174 attack percentage with 30 kills on 86 swings and 15 errors. Junior Rebekah Glessner was the kills leader for the Tigers with eight, while sophomore Kaci Platt had the highest hitting percentage at .385, recording six kills on 13 swings with just one error. The Tigers also served pretty well, notching nine aces, four of them by Cook, to just four service errors.

On the defensive end, the Tigers came away with 38 digs, and held the Warriors to a .022 attack percentage. Glessner and Cook led the Tiger defense with eight digs apiece, followed by Kasi Kraus and Desiree Padilla who each had seven. At the net, the Tigers had just two blocks, but that was largely due to the fact that the Warriors didn’t have a lot of strong hitters, so most of the sets to their hitters were a fair distance from the net, away from the Tiger block.

Central is now 1-0 on the young season but will get a big test this weekend as they travel to Sterling for a tournament hosted by Sterling College. CCC will play Sterling, who lost Wednesday night in four sets to McPherson College, and Bethel College on Friday, then finish the tournament with a match against Baptist Bible College on Saturday.

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