Posted at 12 p.m. Oct. 10, 2013

women Volleyball


Photo by Daniel Herring

Volleyball digs deep, serves up wins

By Daniel Herring
Online Editor

To say it was a rocky start for the Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles’ women’s volleyball team this season would be putting it mildly.

Early in the season the Golden Eagles struggled with losing streaks of three and five games long.

At times, the team has been visibly frustrated on the court.
Digging deep, the Eagles fought through frustrations, posting a 5-2 record since the Wyo-Braska Tournament.

During the 5-2 stretch, the Eagles faced and lost to the Western Wyoming College Mustangs, currently ranked No. 6 nationally by the National Junior College Athletic Association. While the team may have lost in three sets, the silver-lining is it pushed the Mustangs to a 27-29 finish in the final set. A rematch with WWC looms on Oct. 11. Results were unavailable as of press time.

The Eagles’ recent success has come as it opened conference play 2-2, positioning the team in third position in the North Region IX as of Oct. 4.

The Mustangs are not the only tough game ahead for the Golden Eagles. The last game of season pits the Eagles against Northeastern Junior College, currently ranked No. 20.

Interim Coach Cynthia Henning’s philosophy—small changes each week will lead to greater overall changes later—has made its way into the minds of the players. The philosophy’s success is evident in not only the team’s recent wins but also the statistics provided by NJCAA.

Sophomore Ambre Desaulnay currently leads the team with 194 kills or spikes, averaging 8.82 kills a set. In a game in which 24 points wins the game, Desaulnay accounts for more than a third of the team’s points.

Close on her heels is freshman Kanani Auwae with 6.27 kills a set and sophomore Patience Jones, with 5.71.

Sophomore Rory McCloy continues to embrace her role as the team setter with 480 assists.

With the Region IX tournament starting Nov. 6 and nationals Nov. 21, the Eagles seem to be hitting their stride at the right time.

There ain’t no rest for the wicked. As soon as the season ends, the director of athletics at LCCC will look for a replacement for Henning. Around Christmas, the interview process will begin, and by mid-January a new full-time coach for the Golden Eagles should be hired.



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