COLBY, Kansas — For the second time in as many meetings this season, the Cloud County Community College volleyball team pushed Colby Community College to the brink. The T-Birds took a set off No. 19 Colby back on Sept. 20 and fell just shy of pushing the nationally ranked Lady Trojans to five sets on Monday in a tough 25-23, 25-15, 20-25 and 26-24 road loss.
Despite the loss, Monday's performance against Colby (19-5 overall, 9-3 KJCCC) was another positive step in the right direction for the T-Birds (4-19 overall, 1-10 KJCCC).
Sophomore hitter Irem Bat was brilliant on both sides of the ball as she finished with a team-high 11 kills and added a season-high 11 digs.
Bat had six of her 11 kills in Set Four, which saw the T-Birds hold a lead as late as 18-17. A 4-0 Colby run forced a Cloud County timeout down 21-18. But Cloud wouldn't go away as it rallied to tie the score against at 23-23 and 24-24 before the Trojans were able to slip by for the 26-24 win to conclude the match.
Cloud County as a team finished with 63 digs on the night — its fourth highest dig total of the season — led by freshman libero Britt Michaelis with 25.
Offensively, Cloud County had a balanced attack as four different players finish with eight or more kills, led by Bat's 11.
Freshman setter Kamryn Stark finished with 33 assists on the evening; the third highest assist total of her young career.
Cloud County will look to build off Monday's performance when it heads back out on the road Wednesday for a matchup against another nationally ranked foe, No. 5 Seward County Community College. Action is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 pm. in Liberal.