College volleyball: MCC drops pair at Sheridan tourney


The Miles Community College women’s volleyball team, which plays at home tonight against Bismarck State College, went 0-2 over the weekend in a tournament at Sheridan, Wyoming, that was the first match-ups against NJCAA Region 9 competition.
Central Wyoimg beat the Pioneers 25-22, 25-20, 25-18 and host Sheridan College topped MCC 25-17, 25-16, 25-14.
Kyla Schleuning led MCC with five kills against Central Wyoming. The Pioneers totaled 17 kills. Kailey Thomson had 23 of the team’s 63 digs and Emma Dudley had nine of the 13 assists. Caitlyn DuBeau had three of the nine blocks and Dudley notched two of the four aces.
 “It was our first taste of Region 9 play,” Soennichsen said. “We really didn’t know what to expect, but have found out that these teams are solid, and we do have to find a way to put a ball down. We had a lot of great moments this weekend and just hope to build upon the good and learn from the bad.”
Against the host team, Mckenzie Jessop led with four of the 14 MCC kills and Thomson had 26 of the 52 digs. Dudley had 13 of the 14 assists, Leah Aigner had 2.5 of the 9.5 blocks and Ashley Becker had two of the five aces.
“We only passed a 1.69 this match, and that really takes a lot of offense away from your game,” Soennichsen said. “But overall (I am) completely happy with how we competed with one of the top teams in the region.”
The Pioneers, who are 2-0 at home, will try tonight to avenge a 3-0 loss at Bismarck last month. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Centra.