MCC women upset Otero in Region IX volleyball meet
McCook Community College head volleyball coach Natalie Alred has been telling anyone that will listen that her Lady Indians team is getting better.
Bet the Otero (Colo.) Junior College squad believes it.
MCC upset Otero in five sets in opening-round action at the Region IX South Division tournament Thursday evening, Nov. 1. The tournament is being held at the new MCC Events Center in McCook.
The hosts dropped the first two sets to the LaJunta, Colo. squad by scores of 25-17 and 25-21. MCC then came back and evened the match with 26-24 and 25-20 wins in sets three and four to force a deciding fifth set.
Beth Helmick's tip over the Otero blockers found the floor and gave the Lady Indians a 15-11 win in the final set for a 3-2 match victory.
McCook takes a five-match win streak into second-round action Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. The Lady Indians, the bottom seed in the six-team field, will face second-seed Northeastern Junior College of Sterling, Colo. Northeastern had a first-round bye.
Trinidad State topped Lamar in a five-set battle of Colorado two-year schools in Thursday night's other first-round match. Trinidad won the match by scores of 25-18, 25-27, 25-19, 19-25, 15-12. Trinidad State will face top seed Western Nebraska C.C. of Scottsbluff in second-round play Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m.
Four more matches are slated for Friday, with two and possibly three matches on tap Saturday, Nov. 3 to decide the champion in the double-elimination tournament.