Volleyball

In good hands:

Assists team leader Rory McCloy sets up a shot for her teammates during a game on Oct. 28 versus Eastern Wyoming College where LCCC got a 3–1 victory.

Photo by Chad Dunn

Posted at 4:56 p.m., Nov. 5, 2014

Strong side

Laramie County Community College’s volleyball team struggled against conference opponents on the road leading into postseason play.

On Halloween, the Golden Eagles failed to scare the No. 13 Northwest College (25-8, 11-1 Region IX) in Powell, Wyoming. Northwest decisively beat LCCC three sets to none. Sophomore outside hitter Kanani Auwae led the Eagles with seven kills, and freshman libero/defensive specialist Paulina Hileman served aces.

Home victories secured

Despite road losses to Northwest and Sheridan College on Oct. 30, LCCC finished strong at home. On Oct. 28 the Golden Eagles took on the Eastern Wyoming College Lancers (6-29, 0-10), winning three sets to one. Auwae tallied a team-leading 20 kills. Freshman outside hitter Shelby Johnson had 17 kills, and sophomore setter Rory McCloy added to her impressive season total with 48 more assists.

On Oct. 23, LCCC hosted Casper College (18-16, 6-6), shutting out the Thunderbirds three sets to none. Auwae again led LCCC with 14 kills, while freshman outside hitter MiKayla Martinez was hot on Auwae’s heels with 12 kills.

Coach wants improvements

Head coach Austin Albers said his team has been very lucky with injury prevention this season, crediting the injury-free season to his players coming into the 2014 season prepped and in shape. Albers he still has areas for the team to improve on such as becoming better on blocking shots when the Eagles are on defense, keeping consistent on offense and avoiding service errors. LCCC is currently eighth in the nation in service errors with 291.

LCCC is 23-13 overall but is struggling in the conference with a record of 3-9. The Casper College win from Oct. 23 was the first conference win LCCC had since Sept. 30, when the Golden Eagles beat Eastern Wyoming three sets to none.
The Eagles will travel to Casper Nov. 5-8 for the Region IX Conference Tournament.

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