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BEATRICE – The McCook Community College softball team picked up a pair of one-run games Tuesday against Southeast Community College, winning 6-5 and 5-4.

“Wins aren’t free, but we got two today,” said MCC Coach Josh Barnes. “We pitched well and played good defense. We didn’t hit up to our standard but did enough.”

Abby Kalinski (McCook) went five-for-five on the day with a home run, and two doubles.

The wins push MCC over the .500 mark for the first time this season at 20-18 on the season and 3-1 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference.

With the postponement of Wednesday’s game against North Platte (rescheduled for April 30) the Lady Indians next game is when they host Western Nebraska for a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday. Games on Saturday start at 2 p.m. and with an 11 a.m. start Sunday.

On Sunday the McCook Community College Indians Boosters club are hosting Fan Appreciation Day and will serve free hot dogs and potato chips to baseball and softball fans in attendance as a “thank you” to those Indians fans who have supported MCC athletics throughout the 2018-2019 school year. (The MCC baseball team is in action Sunday starting at 1 p.m.)

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GAME 1: McCook CC 6, Southeast CC 5: In a game that was short on offense (three combined runs through six innings) both teams’ offenses found the “on” switch in the seventh first with MCC scoring four runs, then Southeast scored four times and put the tying run a second before the Lady Indians emerged with the win.

Sophomore Chanel Siebenthal’s (Lakewood, Colo.) RBI double in the third put MCC up 1-0. Southeast tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and MCC took the lead for good in the sixth inning with a one-out solo home run from Abby Kalinski.

Freshman Kassidy Powers, freshman, (Severance, Colo.) singled to lead of the MCC seventh inning. After a pair of walks and a shallow fly out, the Lady Indians scored the first run of the inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jade Hollands (Effington, Kan.). A southeast error on the play led to the second run and then an RBI-double by Kalinski and an RBI-single by Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) put the Lady Indians up 6-1.

Sophomore Kayla Harrison, (Richmond, British Columbia) started the game in the circle but needed relief help after the first two Storm hitters reached base in the seventh inning. She was relieved by freshman Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta). Harrison picked up the win, surrendering six hits and three earned runs in six innings of work. She walked one. Willier picked up the save in one inning of work. She walked one and allowed two hits and two earned runs.

Kalinski went four-for-four in the game to lead the 14-hit MCC offense. McArthur had a three-hit game and the Lady Indians got two-hit games from Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah).

GAME 2: McCook CC 5, Southeast CC 4: Southeast Community College took leads of 2-0 after two innings, and 4-1 after four innings before MCC scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to pick up the win.

The Lady Indians scored their first run of the game in the fourth on a Chanel Siebenthal double and later a Storm error – the first of three unearned runs Southeast would give up.

Siebenthal led off the MCC sixth with a single, and went to third on a single from Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah), and scored on a Taylor Ford (McCook) sacrifice fly. Miner scored on a Jade Hollands sacrifice fly.

Abby Kalinski doubled to lead off the MCC seventh. Brooklyn Jensen followed with a single. MCC scored two runs with two outs on a Southeast error.

Sarah Willier started the game for MCC and pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. She walked two and struck out three. She was relieved by freshman Angel Valdez, (West Jordan, Utah) who pitched the final 3.1 innings allowing one hit and striking out four to pick up the win.

Siebenthal picked up three hits to lead the 10-hit MCC offense. Miner and Brooklyn Jensen both had two hits.


McCook Community College sophomore transfer JR Maldonado was recently named to the “Perfect Game” Top 300 Junior College Prospect for the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

“Perfect Game” or PG is an organization promoting baseball by hosting amateur events and providing opportunities and information to players, families, MLB organizations, college coaches, and fans.

Maldonado, 6-3, 205 pounds, who bats and throws right, was the only player in Region 9 to make the list. He plays first base.

Last year as a freshman at Luna Community College in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Maldonado played in 52 games batting .364 in 203 plate appearances. He led the Rough Riders with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs. He had a .433 on-base average and a .612 slugging percentage.

Luna is located in Region 5 and also plays Division 1 baseball like MCC.

The PG database and scouting reports, as well as the PG player rankings, have been proven to be a valuable resource for all college coaches and MLB scouts.


For the sixth straight game, the McCook Community College Lady Indians went to a fifth set but came up a winner Thursday night in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center over Trinidad State Junior College.

MCC won 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 22-25, 15-8 to improve to 6-0 at home this year.

“I’m starting to think the girls just like getting in more time on the court,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “We should have won in three. We’re still mentally struggling and over-thinking things at times.”

Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 23 kills on the night to go along with five service aces.

“Trinidad came out in the third set and just changed up their game by putting in people whose purpose was to stop Faith and she got down on herself,” Kobza said. “There’ve been times this year she’s been triple-teamed and we have to make some adjustments when teams try to shut her down.”

Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Greeley, Colo.) had 18 kills. Sophomore Hannah Emerson had nine kills, four block assists and one solo block.

On Friday, 19-ranked Otero Junior College (21-2) comes to town for a 6 p.m. game. The Rattlers were 21-2 heading into Thursday night’s game at Western Nebraska (18-7). The Lady Indians took Otero to five sets in Colorado Sept. 28 but lost. Friday night is the annual Phi-Theta Kappa Pink Out Night to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

On Saturday MCC hosts 17-9 Lamar Community (17-9) in a 3 p.m. contest. It is “High School Day” with free admission for students from 12 area schools invited to attend MCC’s volleyball game for free.

For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:

You can follow all MCC home games “live action” or “archived games” via live streaming this season “Tribe Watch” available in the Fan Zone section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:


Hayley Kobza


SCOTTSBLUFF –The McCook Community College Lady Indians shook off a heart-breaking loss in Game 1 of the Region IX Division I Tournament and responded in the late game Friday with a come-from-behind win over Otero Junior College, in extra-innings, 11-9.

After dropping a 3-2 decision to Western Nebraska in walk-off fashion in the opening game of the tournament, MCC came from a 4-0 first-inning deficit to send second-seeded Otero Junior home with their second loss of the tournament. The Lady Indians got six innings of scoreless relief from freshman Angel Valdez before Otero Junior College tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run. MCC came back to score five runs in the eighth and held off the Rattlers, who finish the season at 32-16.

Trinidad State had beat Otero 4-2 in Game 2. In the winner’s bracket game in Game 3, Western downed Trinidad State 7-1

MCC improves to 28-32 overall and will take on Trinidad State (25-26) at 1 p.m. Saturday with the winner to take on Western Nebraska (34-18) at 4 p.m. If Western Nebraska loses that game that would set up a final game at noon Sunday.

GAME 4 -- McCook CC 11, Otero JC 9 – In the final game of the day, the Rattlers jumped out in the first inning with four extra-base hits on the way to a 4-0 lead off freshman MCC starter Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta). Freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) came on in relief.

The Lady Indians responded with three runs in the second with a walk from Emily Charchuk (Victoria British Columbia), a walk by Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) and a bunt single by Isabel Serna (Roy Utah) to load the bases. Emma McLean (Willeton, Western Australia) drew a walk, Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) was hit by a pitch to make it a 4-2 game and Brooklyn Jensen’s (West Valley City, Utah) infield single brought the Lady Indians to within a run at 4-3 where the score remained until the top of the MCC sixth.

Miner doubled to lead off the sixth, Serna followed with a single and McLean tied the game at 4-4 with a RBI-single to centerfield. Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) put MCC in the lead with an RBI-single to drive in Serna and Brooklyn Jensen’s sacrifice fly gave the Lady Indians a 6-4 lead but Otero tied up the game with the dramatic home run by Arianna Cordova, the top hitter in Region IX with a .569 average and 20 home runs on the season.

Serna walked to lead off the eighth but was erased on the bases. With one out McArthur singled and Hollands doubled to set the stage for a two-run Brooklyn Jensen triple. Chanel Siebenthal’s (Lakewood, Colo.) two-run double made it a 9-6 game and Charchuk’s two-run single made it 11-6.

Sophomore Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) came on in relief after the sixth inning Cordova home run and was credited with the win despite the Rattlers making things interesting with three runs in the eighth inning with two runners on for Cordova, who was intentionally walked to load the bases. But Muggridge induced a come-backer on a 3-1 count to end the game. Muggridge pitched 1.1 innings, allowed three hits, two walks and two earned runs. She struck out one.

Brooklyn Jensen led MCC with four hits and four RBIs in the game. Serna had three hits while Charchuk and McArthur each had two hits. MCC had 15 hits in the game off Region IX’s winningest pitcher in Melissa Gellermann (17 wins and a league best 3.52 ERA) who was tagged with the loss and charged with 11 earned runs.

GAME 1 – Western Nebraska 3, McCook CC 2 -- The top-seeded Western Nebraska Cougars softball team came up with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday to down McCook Community College 3-2 in the opening game of the Region IX Division 1 double-elimination tournament.

Bri George delivered the game-winning single off hard-luck MCC starter Shae Muggridge to give Western Nebraska its tenth straight win and 17 wins in the last 19 games.

The Lady Indians got on the scoreboard first. With two outs in the MCC second, the Lady Indians got three straight singles -- from Sydney McArthur, Jade Hollands and Brooklyn Jensen.

Chanel Siebenthal led off the third inning with a single and was followed by Emily Charchuk who singled. Siebenthal came home on a Western Nebraska error to give MCC a 2-0 lead.

The Cougars cut the lead in half when Michaela Kelly led off the fourth inning with a solo home run.

Muggridge went 6.2 innings, allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out eight.

MCC had eight hits with two each from Charchuk and Sarah Willier.

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McCook Community College’s summer camps for girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball and high school summer leagues and team camps for volleyball, and boys and girls basketball is set. This will be the eighth year of summer camps and leagues in the $10 million Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center featuring three full-size courts in an air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facility.

MCC Basketball Coach Brandon Pritchett will hold boys youth basketball camps May 29-31 for those in Kindergarten through ninth grade. Youth girls basketball camps are set for June 3-5 for girls in Kindergarten through ninth grade and Coach Hayley Kobza will conduct youth volleyball camps June 19-21.

“Our summer camps are great for kids to come out and test the waters to see if volleyball is the sport for them,” Coach Kobza said. “We work on making it skill-based, but also throw in some other fun games in there as well.”

Half-day camps for the younger campers are as low $30 and most full-day and multi-day camps are in the $50 range (check individual camp brochures for prices. These are available on-line at the McCook Community College Indian Athletics page in the camps and clinics section of the Fan Zone. The link is listed at the end of this article.)

The MCC coaching staffs and MCC players from these three sports will instruct and supervise all campers. Each day the campers will be given instruction in the fundamentals of the game. Campers will compete for awards on a day-to-day basis, playing numerous games. All players are grouped according to age and grade for competition and instruction. Each camper must provide their own: gym shorts, T-shirt, gym shoes, towel, and water bottle.

Team camps are set for June 8 for boys basketball, June 15 for girls basketball and July 1 and 2 for girls volleyball.

High school basketball summer leagues will begin June 3 for boys and June 4 for girls.

The girls high school volleyball league will start July 3 and continue through July 31.

“The MCC Summer League offers a great opportunity to get next year’s team together and play against teams from around Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota,” said Pritchett. Varsity and Junior Varsity teams are guaranteed two games each night. Cost is $275 per team. Teams entering more than one team receive a discounted rate of $225.00 per team.

For more information, about all the basketball camps, Brandon Pritchett or call 308-345-8115. For volleyball camp information, contact Coach Hayley Kobza at (254) 433-1968 or email her at

Application and entry forms are available on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics page in the camps and clinics section of the Fan Zone at:


May 29-May 31 -- Boys youth basketball camps: (K-5th grade 9 a.m.-noon; 6-9th grade, 1-4 p.m.)

June 3-June 5 – Girls youth basketball camps: (K-5th grade 9 a.m.-noon; 6-9th grade, 1-4 p.m.)

June 19-21 -- Girls volleyball youth camp (K-8)

June 19 – Girls (6th-8th grade, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

June 20 – Girls (6th-8th grade, 9 a.m.-noon); (Kindergarden-2nd grade, from 1-4 p.m.)

June 21 – Girls (3rd grade-5th grade, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

June 27 – Girls (high school, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity)

June 28 – Girls (high school, 9 a.m.-noon, varsity/jr. varsity)


June 8 -- Boys basketball team camp (8 a.m.-8 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

June 15 -- Girls basketball team camp (8 a.m.-8 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

July 1- 2 – Girls volleyball team camp (9 a.m.-4 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 


June 3-24 -- Boys Basketball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

June 4-25 – Girls Basketball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

July 3-31 – Girls Volleyball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity)


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – After surviving a “win-or-go-home” play-in game to start the day in Storey Gym, the McCook Community College volleyball team lost in the first round of double-elimination in straight sets to 19th ranked Western Nebraska.

The Lady Indians will have to try and come back through the losers’ bracket starting Thursday at 1 p.m. against another team they are familiar with -- Otero Junior College (24-6) -- a team that beat Central Wyoming in an early play-in game then lost in the first round of double-elimination to Wyoming Northwest. The Lady Indians and the Rattlers split two games this season with each team winning at home.

The win over Sheridan College ensured MCC’s second straight 20-win season and the Lady Indians will enter Thursday play with an overall mark of 20-13.

MCC 3, Sheridan College 1: In the “win-or-go-home play-in game to start the day the Lady Indians fell behind 8-0 in the first set and lost 25-21 before regrouping and winning the next three 25-20, 25-22, 26-24.

Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) had 20 kills and five ace serves – including consecutive ones down 14-15 in the second set, to help change the momentum. MCC was able to seize the second set with sophomore Ashley Carson (Ord) at the service line for five straight points.

Sophomores Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas) and Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo) had 10 kills each, Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had nine.

MCC ended the season for Sheridan College with a 12-16 record.

WESTERN NEBRASKA 3, MCC 0 – The Cougars won for the third time this season in cruising to the win, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19.

Simpson had three kills and an ace before an injury prevented her from continuing.

Brown had seven kills, one solo block and an ace. Emerson had seven kills and two assist blocks. Johnson had three kills and four aces.

Freshman Allie Gammel (Arvada, Colo.) had three kills and two assist blocks. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans Colo.) had three kills. Sophomore Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah), Carson, and freshman Makayla Harris (Brighton, Colo.) each had an ace.

The Cougars advanced to the a 5 p.m. game Thursday in the winners’ bracket and improve to 25-9

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A make-up date for the basketball games postponed Monday has been set and Wednesday’s baseball game scheduled for home will be moved to Colby.

The women’s and men’s basketball games postponed Monday against Central Community College will be played Feb. 26 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center with the women’s game starting at 5:30 p.m. and the men to follow at approximately.

“Sophomore Night” which is usually on the final home game of the year will continue as originally scheduled Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College with games at 2 and 4 p.m.

Because of the recent weather conditions, MCC is unable to ready the baseball field for Wednesday’s scheduled home-opener, so the Indians and Colby Community College will play the game in Colby.

MCC softball is still scheduled to open the home season Wednesday in a doubleheader with Northwest Kansas Technical College starting at 1 p.m.

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McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team (21-10) is headed to Scottsbluff Thursday for a second-round, 3 p.m. (MT) Region IX tournament game against Eastern Wyoming (23-8). After first-round games at various sites across Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, the remainder of the tournament will be played at Cougar Palace in Scottsbluff, home of Western Nebraska Community College.

MCC opened post-season Friday at home with an 87-31 win over Lamar Community College. The Lady Indians allowed the Lopes just 13 second-half points and just three points in the fourth quarter.

Thursday’s matchup will be the third meeting between MCC and Eastern Wyoming. The Lancers dealt the Lady Indians their first loss of the season Nov. 8 in Torrington, Wyo. – a 90-84 loss in overtime, in a game MCC lead at the half 40-31. On Dec. 7 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Eastern Wyoming dealt MCC its first home loss of the season 90-88 in a game that was tied eight times and the teams traded leads nine times.

MCC was second in the south-sub region in scoring with 85.2 points per game (Western Nebraska averages 90.8). The Lady Indians are shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 26-9 percent from the 3-point line.

Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) leads MCC and is second among players in the south sub-region with 18.4 points per game. Sophomore Sam Hinkle (Parachute, Colo) is averaging 15.1 points per game – fifth most in the south sub-region. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is averaging 12.4 points per game, shooting 50.0 percent from the field, and 9.8 rebounds, which is second most among players in the south sub-region. She has also blocked 72 shots on the season, tops in the south sub-region by almost a block per game.

Sophomore Anna Sanjuan is averaging 10.7 points a game, and freshman Nikki Cross is averaging 10-1 points per game.

The Lancers are averaging 79-9 points per game, 41.8 percent shooting, and 32.3 percent from the 3-point line). Sophomore guard Emily Buchanan leads Eastern Wyoming with 17.5 points per game. Backcourt mate Abril Rexach Roure averages 12.1 points per game and freshman Paula Martizez Sanz leads forwards with 11.6 points per game.

Eastern Wyoming was the second-seeded team in the north and opened the tournament at home Friday with an 87-77 seed over north seventh seed Western Wyoming.

Awaiting the winner of the MCC-Eastern Wyoming game will be the winner of Thursday’s 8 p.m (MT) game between Western Nebraska (26-3) and Sheridan (19-12). The Cougars gained the top seed in the south and an automatic bid. Sheridan was the fifth seeded team in the north and went on the road Friday to down Gillette 72-65.

In the top half of the bracket Casper College enters as the top-seed north team with a 25-6 record. The opened play Friday with an 81-39 win over eighth seeded Northwest (Wyoming). Casper plays Otero Junior College (15-12) at 6 p.m. (MT). As the fifth seed in the south, the Lady Rattlers had to go on the road to beat Trinidad State Friday 51-42.

The winner of that game will play the winner of Northeastern Junior College (21-6) and Laramie County Community College (19-11) in the first game of the day starting at 1 p.m. (MT). NJC earned a first-round bye as the second seeded team in the south. LCCC was the third seed in the north and beat Central Wyoming Friday, 69-60.

Semi-final games are set for 5 and 7 p.m. (MT) Friday in Scottsbluff with the finals Saturday at 5 p.m. (MT.)

MCC basketball players were honored by faculty, students, staff and fans Monday for winning 20 games this season and for winning the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship sweeping conference opponents in all six games.

This was the ninth conference championship for MCC and the sixth since 2006. MCC won titles in 1946, 1978, 1979, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017.

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McCook Community College 87, Lamar Community College 31

Otero Junior College 51, Trinidad State Junior College 42

Eastern Wyoming 87, Western Wyoming 77

Casper College 81, Northwest 39

Laramie County Community College 69, Central Wyoming 60

Sheridan 72, Gillette 65


QUARTERFINALS -- Thursday, March 7 (at Scottsbluff)

1 p.m (MT) -- Laramie County (19-11) vs. Northeastern Junior College (21-6)

3 p.m. (MT) – McCook Community College (21-10) vs. Eastern Wyoming (23-8)

6 p.m. (MT) – Otero Junior College (15-12) vs. Casper (25-6)

8 p.m. (MT) – Sheridan (19-12) vs. Western Nebraska Community College (26-3)


SEMIFINALS -- Friday, March 8 (at Scottsbluff)

5 p.m. (MT) -- LCCC/NJC winner vs. Otero/Casper winner

7 p.m. (MT) -- McCook/EWC winner vs. Sheridan/WNCC winner


FINALS -- Saturday, March 9 (at Scottsbluff)

5 p.m. -- Semifinal winners


The Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference has named its 2018-2019 all-conference team as selected by the coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.

McCook Community College’s Hailey Tiles was the only unanimous pick garnering all three first-place votes. Also named to the team were Makenna Bodette and Anna Sanjuan. Former MCC coach Kellen Fernetti was also named co-coach of the year along with Central Community College Coach Billy Perkins.

Hailey Tiles, sophomore from Rogers, Ark., averaged 18.0 points per game. She shot 42.9 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from the 3-point line, 69.9 percent from the foul line, which was ranked eighth best in the south sub-region She also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game, had 86 assists (third in the south region) and 75 steals, which was third most in Region IX.

Anna Sanjuan, sophomore guard from Reus, Spain, started 15 games for the Lady Indians and played in 31, scoring 11.0 points per game, gathering 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She shot 36.5 percent from the floor and 32.0 percent from the 3-point line. Her 121 defensive rebounds were seventh most among Region IX south players. She had 51 steals on the season – fourth in Region IX south, and 95 assists, which ranked third.

During her freshman season at MCC, Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) averaged 12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds. She had the most defensive rebounds of any player in Region IX as well as the most total rebounds (324.) She topped all players with 75 blocks on the season, 36 more than any other player in the region. In addition, she shot 50.6 percent from the field, fourth best in the south sub-region.

Former McCook Community College Coach Kellen Fernetti led the team through a 5-0 record in the conference before he resigned his position Feb. 22. He and Central Community College Coach Billy Perkins were named Co-Coaches of the Year.

North Platte’s Emily Joseph and Nahatabaa Nacona were named to the first-team. Madisyn Francis received honorable mention.

Central Community College players named to the team included: Sophomore Dayzchaylon Gardner, freshman Monica Brooks, and Sophomore Alexis Ramaekers.

Southeast Community College players selected to the squad included: Sophomore Morgan Frauendorfer and sophomore Emily Zvolanek. Sophomore Madison Hajek received honorable mention.

Here are the Final NCCAC Standings

McCook Community College 6-0

Central Community College 4-2

North Platte Community College 1-5

Southeast Community College 1-5



The McCook Community College volleyball team lost for the first time at home this season Friday losing a four-set match to No. 19 ranked Western Nebraska Community College. MCC came out and won the first set 25-17 but the Cougars won the next three by the scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 28-26.

“We just gave it away to them in the fourth set,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “We had 13 hitting and service errors.”

Freshman Faith Simpson (Palisade) led MCC with 18 kills. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) had 10 kills. Sophomore Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas) had six kills.

Sophomore Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.) had five kills and four block assists. Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had five kills and sophomore Ashley Carson (Ord) had one solo block and two assist blocks.

“Tonight was not what we planned,” Kobza said. “We need to come in and get to work Tuesday.”

Western Nebraska improves to 23-7 on the year. The Cougars already clinched the Region IX south division and closed out the standings at 9-1.

MCC is 19-11 overall and 3-6 in the Region IX south division standings with one game remaining on the season, a 7 p.m. Tuesday match at home with Region IX foe Northeastern Junior College, a team ranked 20th in the nation. NJC is 20-6 overall and 6-3 in Region IX south play.

Tuesday will be the final home match for seven MCC sophomores including: Ashley Carson, Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah), Onyessah Rocha, (Topeka, Kan.); Ty Johnson; Ryan Maddera; Hannah Emerson; and Haley Jacobsen (Littleton, Colo.)

For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:

You can follow all MCC home games “live action” or “archived games” via live streaming this season “Tribe Watch” available in the Fan Zone section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:

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