Reivers run by Raiders
No. 3 (NJCAA D-I) Iowa Western defeated Central Community College - Columbus volleyball Wednesday night in three straight sets by scores of 25-15,25-11, 25-18 dropping the Raiders to 10-10 on the season.
“They’re excellent,” head coach Mary Young said. They’re No. 3 in Division I for a good reason. They’re very physical, with lots of fire power. They’re hard to stop.”
Jacie Laetsch recorded four kills during the first set but CCC struggled to find a rhythm overall.
The Raiders held an early 3-2 advantage in the second but trailed the rest of the way when the Reivers scored the next five straight.
It was a block by Iowa Western that finally ended the set.
In the third, the Reivers built an insurmountable 18-10 margin and went back-and-forth the rest of the way for the set and match victory.
“Great teams like Iowa Western, and they’re a great team, are going to get their kills and their blocks,” Young said. “They’re going to make it difficult for their opponents. We play them, because realistically they’re going to make us a better team in October. We want to play them and max out. You can lose against a team like Iowa Western, and make significant gains. We’re trying to find our mojo a little here, and I’m not sure if we’ve totally found it, but I think it will help us by playing them.”
SOCCER: CCC 5, YORK JV 0
Central Community College – Columbus soccer defeated York JV on Tuesday by a score of 5-0 to improve its record to 6-5 on the season.
“I thought we had a pretty slow start to the game. We didn’t come out with our full energy that we normally have, but we were still able to put away one goal in the first half,” head coach Hawken Hanna said. “Fifty or 60 minutes into the game we really got it going. We started working together a little better, and had a good finish to the game. I’m happy that the guys got a shutout.”
It was a windy game, which prevented both teams from having much success in their half playing against the grain.
“It definitely did have a little bit of an effect,” Hanna said. “We were still getting scoring chances in the first, but since we were going against the wind, they weren’t quite good scoring chances, and it was a little easier to break through with the wind in the second half.”
The next time CCC will be on the field is 4:30 today when the Raiders travel to Crete to take on Doane JV.
“We have two more JV games this week against four-year schools, so during them we’ll really look to clean up a couple of things. We would like to possess the ball a little better, and stay a little tighter defensively, so cleaning up those couple things this week,” Hanna said. “Then we have our last four region games to finish up the season after that.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com