The North Platte Community College Knights volleyball team won their opening match Saturday afternoon against Garden City Community College in the Otero Junior College Classic in La Junta, Colo.

The Knights lost the first and second sets, 28-30 and 11-25, but then forced the game to five sets and took the next three, 25-17, 25-15 and 15-11.

NPCC’s Sydney Mullin had 12 kills, while Gabby Menghini had 14. Erica Hopping provided a total of 45 assists.

The Knights then faced Trinidad State Junior College at 3 p.m., winning in four sets, 25-12, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-12. NPCC’s Bailey Chintala had 29 digs, Ruby Valle had four aces and Menghini had 16 kills.

NPCC head coach Alexa McCall was happy with the team’s toughness during the tournament and is looking forward to upcoming matches.

“I’m glad we pulled out both games today. We played hard and battled. Overall going 3-1 for the weekend was good for us. We have some tough games coming this week and I am excited to see how we respond,” said McCall.

Fans can catch the Knights’ next home game against Eastern Wyoming College during NPCC’s Instructor Night on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.

More coverage can be found on the NPCC Facebook page at facebook.com/MPCCNorthPlatte/. More information about the Knights volleyball team is available at npccknights.com/.