GREAT BEND, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College volleyball team opened up play at the Barton Classic on Friday, earning a pair of wins against former KJCCC West rivals on Day One of the two-day tournament.
Cloud County (6-2 overall, 0-1 KJCCC East) began the day with a thrilling five-set victory over Pratt Community College (2-6 overall) by the set scores: 26-24, 30-32, 25-18, 22-25 and 16-14.
A number of T-Birds set career-highs in the win over the Beavers as freshman setter Laken Schroeder produced 48 assists, Haven Hamilton had six block assists, and Shelby Ohlde had a team-high seven combined blocks, including five solo blocks.
Freshman outside hitter Dayana Chara powered down 18 on 38 attempts, and sophomore outside hitter Giovanna Fundaro played perhaps her most complete match of her Cloud County career, finishing with nine kills and a career-high 23 digs.
Ohlde and Concordia native Jessica Williams joined Chara in double-figures for kills with 11 apiece.
Defensively, Cloud County had four players finish with 10 or more digs, led by the 23 from Fundaro. Sophomore libero Britt Michaelis tallied 17 digs, Chara and Schroeder followed with 11 digs and 10 digs, and freshman defensive specialist Willow Hunt chipped in eight digs.
The T-Birds were able to keep the momentum from the Pratt win going in its nightcap against tournament hosts, Barton Community College.
Cloud County bounced back from a 25-21 loss in Set One to rattle off set wins of 26-24, 27-25 and 25-21 over the Cougars (2-6 overall).
Chara continued her dominating day on the front row for the T-Birds as she tallied a career-high 20 kills, while Ohlde and Williams followed with 10 kills and nine kills, respectively.
Schroeder assisted on 40 of Cloud County's 49 kills in the match and added three service aces and 12 digs, just shy of the team-high 14 digs popped up by Hunt.
Fundaro closed out her strong evening with 10 digs, six kills and three service aces, as well.
The T-Birds will be back in action on Saturday when they take on Casper College at 10 a.m. before facing off against Butler Community College at noon to conclude the tournament.
Cloud County defeated the Grizzlies, 3-1, in the two teams' first meeting on August 22.