YORK, NE – The Central Christian College volleyball team dropped two non-conference matches on Saturday on the road at York College. The Tigers played in a triangular, hosted by the York College Panthers, and opened the day with a straight sets loss to the Mount Marty Lancers, then fell to the host school, the York College Panthers in the finale.
The Tigers struggled out of the gate on Saturday against the Lancers. They dropped the opening set of the match 25-16, but did a nice job of regrouping in set number two. They went the distance with the Lancers in the middle set, but eventually losing 27-25. In the third set, the Tigers once again hung tough, but it wasn't enough as they fell 25-19 in the clincher.
Offensively against the Lancers, the Tigers were even in kills and errors with a total of 25 in each category. They were led by senior Rebekah Glessner, who hit .286 with 10 kills on 21 swings and just 4 errors. It was the first double digit kills performance of the season for any of the Tiger hitters. On defense, the team recorded 41 defensive digs, and three blocks. Desiree Padilla once again led the back row as the libero, and she finished the match with 12 defensive digs. At the net, Marissa Waddel had a solo block and assisted on another.
In the night cap, the Tigers lost another close match, this time to the York College Panthers. As they did against the Lancers in their opening match of the day, the Tigers struggled to get out of the gate in set two, dropping the set 25-12. The Tigers played better in sets two and three, but lost to the Panthers by identical 25-17 scores.
Against the Panthers, the offense went through Morgan Cook a little more. She finished the match by recording seven of the Tigers' 23 kills on the night. On defense, the Tigers came away with 39 digs, and four assisted blocks. Padilla kept the ball alive 13 times against the Panthers while at the net, Waddel, Cook, Glessner, Megan Knuth, and Anslee Bridges, all got their hands on an assisted block.
With the loss, the Tiger fall to 0-8 on the year. They will be back in action weekend when they host the Panhandle State University Aggies on Friday, and then the Wayland Baptist University Pioneers on Saturday.