Cloud County finishes 1-3 at McCook Invitational

Sophomore hitter Elizabeth Nobert
Sophomore hitter Elizabeth Nobert

MCCOOK, Nebraska — The Cloud County Community College volleyball team went 1-3 during the two-day McCook Invitational, hosted by McCook Community College.

Cloud County (3-8 overall, 0-2 KJCCC) showed flashes that the team is turning a corner as the T-Birds nearly finished the tournament 3-1, but struggled to finish off Cowley College on Friday and Highland Community College on Sunday in matches where they held 2-0 leads.

The T-Birds wrapped up the tournament on a positive note as they swept Southeast Community College in straight sets.

Cloud will resume Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) play at 6:30 p.m. Monday when it welcomes in No. 11 Seward County Community College.

Friday

Match One (Cloud County falls to Cowley College 25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 8-25 and 5-15)

Sophomore middle hitter Elizabeth Nobert cracked double-digit kills for the first time in 2017, leading the T-Birds with 11 kills. Fellow sophomore Katelyn Ruth added nine kills.

Nobert and sophomore Christen Greving starred defensively with five blocks apiece, while freshman Britt Michaelis tallied 15 digs.

Match Two (Cloud County falls to Neosho County 25-15, 26-24 and 25-13)

Nobert again led the way offensively for Cloud County with 10 kills, followed by sophomore Irem Bat with seven kills.

Michaelis finished with 21 digs.

Saturday

Match One (Cloud County falls to Highland Community College 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 24-26 and 7-15)

Michaelis set a career-high in digs with 26, while freshman setter Kamryn Stark reached the 40 assist mark for the first time in her young career.

Offensively, Nobert, Ruth and freshman Giovanna Fundaro were in double-digits with kills. Fundaro and Nobert each finished with 12, while Ruth had 10. Redshirt sophomore Drew Mann added eight kills.

Match Two (Cloud County defeats Southeast Community College 25-19, 25-23 and 25-21)

Cloud County concluded the tournament with a victory over Southeast Community College, led by Bat's 11 kills and 40 assists from Stark.

Mann joined Bat in double-figures with 10 kills while Fundaro added nine kills.

Defensively, Michaelis polished off her strong tournament with 21 digs.