Cloud volleyball finishes 1-1 on first day of Southeast Community College Tournament

Cloud County freshman Jessica Williams finished with a total of 22 kills during the first day of the Southeast CC Tournament
Cloud County freshman Jessica Williams finished with a total of 22 kills during the first day of the Southeast CC Tournament

BEATRICE, Nebraska-- The Cloud County Community College volleyball team had a mixed first day at the Southeast Community College Tournament, earning a tight 3-2 victory to begin the day against Southwestern Community College before falling in straight sets to Hawkeye Community College to end the day.

The T-Birds (2-1 overall) received big performances from some of their local talent in the win over Southwestern (25-21, 16-25, 25-15, 20-25 and 15-7) as Concordia's own Jessica Williams tied Haven Hamilton for the team lead in kills with 12, while former Concordia Panther setter Laken Schroeder finished with 40 assists. Williams also added eight digs in the win.

Freshman outside hitter Dayana Chara added nine kills, while sophomore Giovanna Fundaro and freshman Shelby Ohlde each added six kills apiece.

In her first action of the season, sophomore Janessa Zenger chipped in four kills  and six digs. Fellow sophomore Erica Gilbert had a pair of kills

Defensively, sophomore libero Britt Michaelis popped up 17 digs to pace the back row and freshman defensive specialist Willow Hunt made her collegiate debut, finishing with four digs.

Unfortunately, Cloud County was unable to carry the momentum over to the nightcap against Hawkeye Community College as the T-Birds fell in three sets: 25-14, 25-12 and 25-22.

Cloud was forced to play most of the match shorthanded as it was without Ohlde, who departed early due to a head injury. She will be reevaluated Saturday morning.

Williams again paced the offense, finishing with a team-high 10 kills while Chara went for six kills.

Schroeder continued her strong start to the year with 20 assists and a team-high nine digs in Friday's finale.

Cloud County will conclude the Southeast Community College Tournament on Saturday when they take on Southeastern Community College at 5 p.m. and then play the tournament hosts, Southeast Storm, at 7 p.m. The match against the Storm will be available for viewing online through Southeast's athletic website: sccstorm.com.