T-Birds fall on the road to Fort Scott

Cloud County freshman Jessica Williams had a team-high 11 kills in Monday's loss to Fort Scott.
Cloud County freshman Jessica Williams had a team-high 11 kills in Monday's loss to Fort Scott.

FORT SCOTT, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College volleyball team suffered a tough loss Monday evening, falling in three sets (26-24, 25-18 and 25-21) on the road to KJCCC East foe, Fort Scott Community College.

It was a damaging defeat for Cloud County (16-16 overall, 2-7 KJCCC East), which needed to win its final three KJCCC East matches for a chance at a top-7 finish in the conference standings and a playoff spot in the district tournament.  Cloud County has already seen 12-win improvement from a season ago with three matches left to play during its 2018 turnaround, but the loss to Fort Scott (19-12 overall, 3-5 KJCCC East) will leave the T-Birds just shy of a postseason berth in its first season as a KJCCC East member.

"We're definitely seeing improvement in the program and can't expect things to happen overnight," said Cloud County head coach, Deb Monzon. "It's been an up and down year and frustrating, but it seems like we're heading in the right direction."

Freshman middle blocker Jessica Williams led all Cloud County players with 11 kills on Monday, while sophomore outside hitter Giovanna Fundaro joined her in double-figures with 10 kills.

Cloud County also received six kills apiece from freshman outside hitter Dayana Chara and freshman right side hitter Haven Hamilton.

Freshman setter Laken Schroeder and sophomore setter Cammie Miller combined to assist on 29 of Cloud County's 35 kills. Schroder finished with a team-high 17 assists while both her and Miller each also added six digs apiece.

Sophomore defensive specialist Britt Michaelis paced the back row with 12 digs, and freshman middle blocker Shelby Ohlde tallied a team-high five total blocks, to lead Cloud County's defensive efforts.

The T-Birds have three matches remaining and will look to close out the 2018 campaign strong, starting with Wednesday's home finale against Allen County Community College (5-19 overall, 0-7 KJCCC East).

Wednesday's match against the Red Devils is the final KJCCC East match of the season for Cloud County and will be Sophomore Night inside Arley Bryant Gymnasium. Action is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m.

"We want to come to the floor Wednesday night and put it all out there and leave with a big win for those sophomores," Monzon said. "We want them to be able to finish their career strong on their home court."