Volleyball opens on a win streak

Julie Archer spikes the ball Aug. 24 in a game at the RKP Invitational in Beatrice, Neb. (photo by Kevin Archer)
Julie Archer spikes the ball Aug. 24 in a game at the RKP Invitational in Beatrice, Neb. (photo by Kevin Archer)

The Colby Community College Lady Trojan volleyball team won all four matches to begin the season Aug. 24-25 at the RKP Invitational hosted by Southeastern Community College in Beatrice, Neb.

Friday the Lady Trojans topped North Platte Community College in four sets, 25-18, 25-22, 14-25 and 25-17. Sophomore Julie Archer (Andale, Kan.) led the attack with 14 kills, and freshman Kyndal Bacon (Newton, Kan.) opened her collegiate career with 34 assists. On the defensive side sophomore Nina Gorgijevska (Potsdam, Germany), who earned KJCCC player of the week honors for her weekend play, posted 21 digs. Freshman Alex Merle (Dunkerque, France) added 15.

Later in the day, it took Colby three sets to down McCook Community College, 25-23, 25-16 and 25-23. Archer and sophomore Kristina Mamic (Zagreb, Croatia) each tallied eight kills. Bacon added another 31 assists.

The Lady Trojans continued their steady play Saturday with a three-set win over Southwestern Community College, 25-11, 25-15 and 25-14. Bacon kept the offense moving with 28 assists and nine kills, as Archer tallied 12 kills. Gorgijevska and sophomore Karissa Winkel (Beloit, Kan.) were in double figures in digs with 12 and 11, respectively.

In the final game, CCC made short work of the home team with a sweep of Southeastern 25-18, 25-13 and 25-23. Archer had a balanced game with 14 digs and nine kills. Merle also added nine kills.

"The weekend was a good starting point for our team, said Colby head coach Carey Jones.  "We saw a lot of good things, but we need to work on having consistent energy and a quicker start to each set."