On Thursday evening, the Central Christian College volleyball team hosted the Mid America Christian University Evangels. During the match, the Tigers honored fellow student athlete, Goldie Bougher, a member of the CCCK women's soccer team, who is currently battling Lymphoma, by wearing lime green colored socks.
Dedicating the match to Goldie definitely inspired the Tigers, and it showed in their performance. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to overcome the Evangels as they swept the Tigers in three close sets. Set one was back and forth through the first 25 points. The Tigers led the set 13-12, before the Evangels closed it out on a 13-to-3 run to win 25-16.
The second set was very similar to the first, with the Tigers leading 14-11 through the first 25 points. MACU went on another run and took a 20-16 lead. The Tigers battled back and tied the set at 22 points on a kill by Anslee Bridges. From there it went back and forth, with the Tiger tying the game at 23 and then again at 24, but they were unable to get over the hump and get to set point. In the end, the Evangels were able to close out the set 27-25.
Like the first two sets, set three was close at the midway point. The Tigers were within two or three points for the first half of the set, but in the second half, the Evangels went on a 7-to-1 run to open up an eight point lead 21-13. An attack error by the Evangels got the Tigers to within seven at 21-14, but that was as close as they would get. MACU finished off the set with the final three points to win 25-14.
The Tigers were much more efficient on both offensively and defensively against the Evangels. Offensively, they recorded 26 kills on 120 swings, led by Rebekah Glessner, who tallied eight. On defense, they were all over the floor, and much stronger at the net. They recorded a season high 59 defensive digs, and four blocks. Three Tigers recorded double digit dig totals, led by Desiree Padilla with 17. Also in double digits were McKenzee Cook and Glessner, who both notched 10. At the net, the Tigers had four assisted blocks which were recorded by the Cook sisters, Morgan and McKenzee, Marissa Waddel, Megan Knuth, and Bridges.
"It was a much better showing from the girls tonight," said Central head coach Jeremy Manning. "They competed well and fought hard at the net, putting a hand on almost every ball that MACU attacked."
"We also had three girls that had double digit digs, including 17 by our Libero Desiree Padilla who was putting her body on the line and diving for every single ball. Unfortunately, even with a great effort we were still unable to capture that elusive first win. Hopefully we will be able to get two wins on the road this weekend at York."
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-6 on the year. They will try and end the streak on Saturday when they travel to York, Nebraska for a triangular against York College, and Mount Marty College.