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Mikaila Jegtvig hits a powerful shot against Air Force Prep while her teammates Rory McCloy and Paulina Hileman prepare for the return on Sept. 23. LCCC won the match 3-1.

Photo by Kane Hill

Posted at 4:49 p.m., Nov. 7, 2014

Eagles killing the competition

First-year head Coach Austin Albers volleyball squad reached the 20-win mark this season, a feat Laramie County Community College has not seen from its volleyball teams since 2009.

That year, the squad went 29-6 overall and lost in the Region IX north tournament final to in-state foe Central Wyoming College. However, the 20 wins this season are a great sample for determining how this season will go for the Golden Eagles.

Right now, the team is struggling in conference with a 1-3 record. That places LCCC right in fifth place in the north region of Region IX. Since the 14-game winning streak earlier to start the season, LCCC has faced its ups and downs with three losing streaks that maxed out at two and getting only one winning streak of four straight games. But thanks in part to that hot start at the begging of the season LCCC has well above .500 overall record of 21-7.

What Coach Albers is teaching this team is certainly being shown on a national spotlight with the team having many top 10 stats. They are top three in total kills with 1,222. That equates to a total of 1,222 points LCCC players have scored on their opponents this season.
Freshman outside hitter MiKayla Martinez has contributed 265 kills, and sophomore outside hitter Kanani Auwae has 261 kills.

LCCC is also eighth in total digs with 1,686, 558 of them coming from freshman outside hitter Breanne Hankins.

Lastly, the Eagles are 12th in the nation in assists 1,038, with majority of that coming from sophomore setter Rory McCloy, who has an astonishing 934 of them. A troubling stat for LCCC is it is 10th in service errors with 205.

On Oct. 6, the Eagles took on Colorado Northwestern Community College (4-14) in Craig, Colorado, where LCCC got the shutout winning three sets to none. Martinez contributed nine kills in the winning effort, and McCloy padded her already impressive assists stats with having 22 of them.

Eagles struggle in conference play

On Oct. 4, LCCC saw a familiar foe of Central Wyoming College (19-5)(2-1) at home. Central Wyoming won the close match three sets to two. Auwae had 16 kills to go along with one assist, and McCloy had 41 assists that overshadowed her three kills in the game.

On Oct. 3, Western Wyoming Community College (14-8)(3-1) paid a visit to Cheyenne, and the outcome was not what the Golden Eagles were hoping for as Western Wyoming got the win three sets to none. Martinez led the team with six kills, and freshman middle blocker Aspen Olson along with freshman outside hitter Mikaila Jegtvig had four kills a piece as well.

Upcoming, the Eagles will be on the road to take on conference opponents Central Wyoming College in Riverton on Oct. 17 and Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs on Oct. 18.