T-Birds sweep on Day Two, finish 3-1 at Southeast Community College Tournament

The Cloud County volleyball team went 3-1 during the two-day Southeast Community College Tournament
The Cloud County volleyball team went 3-1 during the two-day Southeast Community College Tournament

BEATRICE, Nebraska — The Cloud County Community College volleyball team moved to 4-1 overall on the season following a pair of victories Saturday during the final day of the Southeast Community College Tournament. 

Cloud County downed Southeastern Community College in the first match of the day by the set scores of 25-14, 20-25, 25-12 and 25-21 before concluding the evening with a victory over tournament hosts, the Southeast Storm, in straight sets: 27-25, 25-17 and 25-17.

"Overall, I thought we played pretty well this weekend. I was trying a lot of different lineups, playing some girls in new positions," said Cloud County head coach, Deb Monzon. "We kind of settled on a lineup similiar to Wednesday's (win over Butler) and (Saturday) kind of proved we have them in the right place. We played well and I was real happy with how we played this evening."

In the first match, the T-Birds were paced by freshman outside hitter Dayana Chara as she powered down a team-high 15 kills. Fellow freshmen Haven Hamilton and Shelby Ohlde added seven kills and six kills, respectively.

Freshman setter Laken Schroeder provided a lift with four kills to go with her 30 assists against Southeastern.

Sophomore libero Britt Michaelis was steady in the back row again, finishing with team-highs in digs (14) and service aces (3), while sophomore outside hitter Giovanna Fundaro contributed 13 digs.

In the nightcap, Chara again paced the T-Birds' attack as she finished with 11 kills. Hamilton and freshman right side hitter Jessica Williams followed close behind with seven kills and six kills.

Cloud County tormented the Storm from the service line as the T-Birds finished with 12 aces on the night, led by Michaelis with four. She also added 11 digs.

"It was a combination of us being more aggressive and our ball placement. Friday, with the way the courts were set up, distance was deceiving. We were missing most of our serves long," Monzon said. "(Saturday) we made our serves a lot tighter to the net. We started developing some confience with that. Shelby Ohlde was another girl, she might have had just a couple aces, but her serve really came around."

Schroeder tallied three aces of her own against Southeast to go with 26 assists and eight digs and Fundaro capped her great day, defensively, with a team-high 12 digs and five kills.

Up next for Cloud County will be its KJCCC East opener, set for Wednesday on the road against Kansas City Kansas Community College. Start time for the showdown with the Blue Devils is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

"I think this will be a good match for us to start off with on the road, get a chance to feel out what it's going to be like to drive for four hours, get off the bus and play," Monzon said. "It's going to be a situation we'll need to get use to and Wednesday will be a good test for that. I'll be using the next few days to learn some more about (KCKCC). But we're ready to start the Jayhawk East schedule and see where we'll end up."