T-Birds earn split on Day One of Barton Classic

Cloud County freshman setter Laken Schroeder (No. 12) finished with 15 assists and five aces in Friday's win over Southeast
Cloud County freshman setter Laken Schroeder (No. 12) finished with 15 assists and five aces in Friday's win over Southeast

GREAT BEND, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College volleyball team rebounded from an early loss to earn a split Friday during the first day of the Barton Classic.

Cloud County (12-13 overall, 1-5 KJCCC) began the afternoon with a 25-13, 25-21 and 25-17 loss to a strong Iowa Western Community College team, currently ranked No. 3 in NJCAA Division I, but were able to bounce back to sweep Southeast Community College to end Friday's action.

The T-Birds hammered the Storm (2-20 overall) in Set One with a 25-12 win to set the tone.

Cloud County followed with a 26-24 victory in Set Two before closing out the match with a 25-15 win in Set Three.

Sophomore outside hitter Giovanna Fundaro led all Cloud County players with 10 kills against Southeast, while freshman Dayana Chara added six kills and fellow freshmen Haven Hamilton and Jessica Williams each chipped in five kills.

Cloud County did a bulk of its damage at the service line, finishing with 13 aces as a team, led by freshman setter Laken Schroeder with a team-high five aces to go with her 15 assists.

Fundaro added three aces and sophomore setter Cammie Miller, who had 14 assists in the win, also notch two aces.

Defensively, freshman defensive specialist Willow Hunt led the back row with 14 digs and freshman Shelby Ohlde, Cloud County's blocks leader, continued her strong season at the front of the net with a team-high six total blocks.

As for the match against Iowa Western (22-2 overall), Fundaro and Chara again led the way with eight kills apiece.

Schroeder and Miller went for 15 assists and 11 assists, respectful.

Defensively, the T-Birds played well against a talented Reivers team as they finished with 11 total blocks and no blocking errors.

Hunt again led the back row with a team-high 10 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Britt Michaelis popped up six digs.

Cloud County will look to close out the Barton Classic strong on Saturday as it matches up against a pair of KJCCC foes.

The T-Birds take on the tournament hosts Barton Community College at noon before seeing KJCCC East foe Labette Community College at 4 p.m.

Cloud County earned a 3-1 win over Barton when the two teams met on August 31st and the T-Birds also own a 3-2 victory over Labette this season back on Sept. 5.

Live video for the tournament is available through the Barton Sports Network (https://team1sports.com/bartonsports/).