Cloud County falls in four sets against KCKCC to open up conference play

Cloud County sophomore Giovanna Fundaro had a career-high 16 kills in Wednesday's win over Labette
Cloud County sophomore Giovanna Fundaro had a career-high 16 kills in Wednesday's win over Labette

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College volleyball team opened up KJCCC East action on the road Wednesday night, falling in four sets (12-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-25) to Kansas City Kansas Community College.

It was an off night offensively for Cloud County (4-2 overall, 0-1 KJCCC) as it committed 18 attack errors and 12 service errors; the team's highest totals in a four-set match thus far this season.

"We stepped off the bus not ready to play. We had hitting errors, passing errors, serving errors," said Cloud County head coach Deb Monzon. "They (Blue Devils) came out with energy and we didn't. We weren't able to really get anything going until that third set."

After falling down 2-0 to begin the evening, the T-Birds fought back to win the third set 25-22 over the Blue Devils (3-1 overall, 1-0 KJCCC) behind strong sets from sophomore Giovanna Fundaro and freshman Shelby Ohlde.

Fundaro was 4-for-6 on attacks in Set Three while Ohlde added three kills on her four swings. The duo each finished the evening with seven kills, tying freshman outside hitter Dayana Chara for the team-high on Wednesday.

"I thought after we came back in that third set to win that we were back in the match and could start getting some energy, gain some confidence from playing the way we know we're capable of playing, but we just had a hard time getting over the hump," Monzon said. "It was a fight, and it seemed like we were fighting ourselves more than we were the opponent."

Freshman setter Laken Schroeder tallied 23 assists and a team-high 11 digs, fellow Concordia native Jessica Williams added three kills and seven digs, and Cloud County's two defensive specialists, freshman Willow Hunt and sophomore Britt Michaelis, each had six digs.

Cloud County will look to rebound from the loss when it heads off to the Barton Classic this Saturday and Sunday in Great Bend.

The T-Birds are scheduled to play four matches, starting with former KJCCC West rivals Pratt Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday followed by a 5 p.m. matchup against Barton.

Cloud then concludes the tournament on Sunday with matches against Casper College (10 a.m.) and Butler Community College (12 p.m.), which the T-Birds defeated in four sets back on August 22 to begin the season.

"Being able to step on the floor and putting pressure on the other team from the very start and not waiting to see what the other teams got," said Monzon when asked what she hopes the T-Birds can accomplish this weekend. "We need to step on the floor and play our game as soon as the whistle is blown. Volleyball is a game of momentum and you have to push from the very start all the way through. You can't relax. I think hopefully this weekend we'll bring that mentality of fighting from the very first point."