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Evie Hopkinson

MCC Volleyball falls to No. 15 NJC in four sets

The McCook Community College volleyball team lost to ranked teams on back-to-back nights this weekend, dropping a four-set match Saturday night to No. 15 Northeastern Junior College. After winning the first set 26-24, MCC lost the next three 19-25, 17-25, 26-28.

“We finished better today than we did yesterday so that’s a positive,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said, one day after MCC lost three sets to No. 9 Western Nebraska.

“We looked really scrambled,” Kobza said, due in part because freshman Eisa Mondragon (Topeka, Kan.) left the match early in the second set with an injury and was unable to return to the lineup.

“That put us in a lot a trouble where we had to Band-Aid that, but overall Evie Hopkinson came in as libero and killed it,” Kobza said. “She absolutely crushed it.”

Evie Hopkinson (Spanish Fork, Utah), the redshirt freshman, finished with 11 digs.

Sophomore Fernanda Canedo (Cochabamba, Boliva) lit it up on the attack with a game-high 27 kills, to go along with 12 digs, one ace and one assist block.

“Fernando Canedo was spot on. The fact that she had 27 kills and we didn’t win… we have it, we just need to put it all together,” Kobza said.

Sophomore Kallie Cathcart (Holly, Colo.) had 11 kills, five digs and one assist block. Sophomore Mackenzie Anderson (Hyannis/Ogallala High School) and freshman Jordan Jerome (Rawlins, Wyo.) both had five kills. Anderson had two assists blocks, Jerome had three assists blocks along with 16 digs. Freshman Suzy Cordova (Fort Collins, Colo.) had four kills and three assist blocks.

Sophomore Heiata Tauota (Nantes, France) had 30 assists, 12 digs and three kills. Freshman Janie Sommer (Maxwell) had 11 assists and seven digs.

MCC falls to 7-5 on the season and 2-2 in Region IX South play. NJC improves to 12-6, (1-0 in south sub-region play.)

On Tuesday the Lady Indians head to North Platte for a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game at 7 p.m. The Knights are 7-9 on the year.

“We have a lot of work to do before Tuesday. North Platte’s playing really good, they played well against Western Nebraska, so we have to come out and get to work.”