The North Platte Community College volleyball team ended its regular season with a hard-fought home sweep of Northeast Community College on Saturday. The scores were 25-20, 26-24 and 25-23.

Morgan Ramsey and Payton Hoatson each had nine kills in the game while Madi Neely had eight. Neely also accomplished four serving aces.

Allie Schneider went for 17 digs, and Tessa Metschke added 14. Schneider also contributed 33 assists.

“I was pleased with our response after last night,” said NPCC Head Volleyball Coach Alexa McCall. “We played really tough at the end of sets two and three. We also had some kids step in and play well in positions they aren’t used to. I thought Tessa played well today for us in the libero position. Hopefully, this give us momentum going into next week.”

The win puts the Knights at 17-13 on the season.

They earned the right to host the Region IX Championship Game, which will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.

The Knights will play the winner of the match between Southeast Community College and Central Community College.

Lady Knights fall at McCook

NPCC fought a long, hard battle but ultimately lost against McCook Community College Friday night.

The scores were 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23.

NPCC started out strong in set one, holding the lead all the way through. The Knights trailed MCC by just a point or two in the beginning of the second set, tied about halfway in, then took control and finished.

Capitalizing on that momentum, NPCC grabbed the lead early in the third set. The Knights remained neck and neck with McCook until the end, when they fell by two.

MCC maintained a 5-6 point lead throughout the fourth set and pushed the Knights to a fifth. North Platte dropped the fourth set and was ultimately defeated in the fifth.

“This one stings,” McCall said. “We controlled the ball and did a really good job of executing in the first two sets. Our serve receive fell apart and we played defense too much. We have to find a way to get out of those situations and turn it around.”

Ramsey notched 13 kills in the game, and Kim Krise had 11. Katy Bartell went for 21 digs. Schneider had three serving aces and 30 assists.

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