Posted at 5:35 p.m., Nov. 23, 2015

Volleyball posts 20-win season, sets new mark for program

Eagles ended tournament Nov. 7

Tamara Rodgers

Moving along:

Nick Wood and Daniel Johnson rehearse for "Rounding Third."

The Golden Eagles volleyball team ended its regular season with a winning record, finishing as the fourth seed for the Regional IX Conference Tournament.

Overall, the Golden Eagles posted a 23-13 record for the season and placed two seeds higher than last year.

Coach Austin Albers said he felt the season went well. The team was able to eclipse 20 wins for the second straight year—a first for the LCCC volleyball program.

“The impressive thing about our success this season is that we did it with an extremely difficult schedule, having played 14 matches against ranked or vote-receiving opponents,” Albers said.

Serve receiving, defense and blocking were strengths during the final stretch of the regular season, Albers said. These strengths show in the stats for the Golden Eagles, who are ranked ninth nationally in block assists. However, looking beyond the numbers, Albers said he has seen the team striving to set games up for success by being competitive in every set. He added that depth has been a strength because of injuries and other mishaps that have come up, requiring players to step up.

A weakness has been hitting errors, but the Golden Eagles have been working not to give away free points to its opponents, Albers said.

“We have put ourselves in a good position to be successful,” Albers said.

The team started off the regional tournament, which took place Nov. 4-7 in Rock Springs, against the Sheridan College Generals. Going into the game, Albers said Sheridan would be a difficult test and was the biggest match the team looked forward to.

The Golden Eagles beat the Generals 26-24, 25-10 and 25-22 on Nov. 4.

However, on Nov. 5, the Golden Eagles lost to the Northwest College Trappers 26-24, 25-19 and 25-14.

On Nov. 6, the Golden Eagles beat the Eastern Wyoming College Lancers 25-22, 25-18 and 25-22, and later beat the Sheridan College Generals 25-21, then lost the second set 25-23, then won the others 25-23 and 25-23.

The Golden Eagles ended their tournament on Nov. 7 when it lost to the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs in five sets, losing 28-26 and 25-18, then winning 25-20 and 25-20 before falling in the last set 15-11.

“Our coaching staff would like to thank our sophomores for all they have done to help resurrect this program,” Albers said.

“They have put their blood, sweat and tears into building the culture of our program into something that we can be proud of, and because of their dedication, have allowed LCCC volleyball fans to be passionate about this team again,” he said. “We will certainly miss having them around, and we hope that they can take as much away from this program as they have given to it.”

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