The North Platte Community College Lady Knights (18-12) volleyball team defeated the Eastern Wyoming Lady Lancers (7-20) in five sets Monday night (20-25, 25-15, 25-13, 23-25, 15-10). It was the Lady Knights fourth five-set match in their last seven games.
Also, the win is head coach Sally Thalken’s 897th career win, all at North Platte.
The Lady Knights started slowly in the first set, as they fell 25-20. North Platte responded with convincing second and third set victories, 25-15 and 25-13, to take a 2-1 lead. But the Lady Knights were not able to close the door and lost the fourth set, 25-23.
In the fifth and deciding set the Lady Knights played aggressive and raced out to an 8-3 lead. The Lady Lancers scored the next two points to cut into the Lady Knights lead but were unable to get any closer. North Platte held its largest lead of the fifth set at 14-8 and after two points by the Lady Lancers, they were able to earn the fifth set and game victory on a service error by Eastern Wyoming.
Samantha Kennedy had a strong performance, finishing with a season-high 21 kills and three blocks. Sandrina Hallahan also finished in double figures with 11 kills. Shannon Liewer led the Lady Knights in digs with 26. Joli Hopping (23) and Laura Beckman (18) led in assists.
“Our kids played hard tonight,” said head coach Sally Thalken. “We really needed this win. It was a tough first set, but we rebounded nicely in the second and third set and played with a lot of confidence. We played aggressive in the fifth set to get the victory.”
The Lady Knights remain on the road the rest of the season and travel to Columbus on Thursday, Oct. 17 to face the Central Community College Lady Raiders at 7 p.m. The Lady Knights defeated the Lady Raiders earlier this year at home in five sets when the Lady Raiders were ranked No. 6 in Division II.