NWC volleyball ‘more consistent’ in loss to CWC

Posted 3/4/21

The Northwest College volleyball team has opened its Region IX schedule with three straight losses, falling on the road to Central Wyoming College, a ranked opponent, last week. 

Though the …

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NWC volleyball ‘more consistent’ in loss to CWC

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The Northwest College volleyball team has opened its Region IX schedule with three straight losses, falling on the road to Central Wyoming College, a ranked opponent, last week. 

Though the Trappers fell in three sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-23) to CWC, they showed a better effort than they did the week before. 

“Obviously, we wanted to get the win,” NWC head coach Scott Keister said, “but we played much more consistently.”

While they didn’t win a set, the Trappers competed for the entire match. They hit .167 or above in every set — much improved from the loss to LCCC, where they had two sets in the negatives. 

What stuck with Keister was that NWC loss was due to the quality of the team’s opponent, rather than self-inflicted errors. 

“The passing was much better; the defense was much better,” Keister said. “To be in a match — not because the other team played bad, but because we played well — that’s a good thing.”

Northwest’s rotation is usually eight players, but against CWC, 11 Trappers saw playing time. As opposed to some of the earlier games in the season, where one or two players stuck out, Friday’s contest was more of a team effort.

“It was more combined, which is what we need,” Keister said. “It was good to see that.” 

Shante Falslev was the leader in kills, with 10, while Sayler Larson posted five in only one set of work. And Paige Weimer led NWC with 16 digs.

The Trappers are now 10-8 overall. But Keister isn’t worried about the team’s record at this point; he’s more focused on seeing progress every match. And the progress he saw on Friday gives him confidence as the team dives into the heart of region play.

“If our goals are set right, winning is a consequence to our goals,” Keister said. “Our goal is never to win. Obviously we want to win, but we want to hit this, do this skill at a certain level. Consequences of those are wins.”

Now 0-3 in Region IX play, the Trappers play road matches against Western Wyoming Community College and Casper College on Friday and Saturday. After seeing progress against a respectable CWC team, Keister looks forward to seeing how his squad continues to develop in the coming matches. 

“Being able to take what we learned there and apply it to this weekend, it was fantastic,” Keister said. “Now we get to put that to bed, take what we learned and apply it. I just want to see progress every match — that’s really all I care about right now.”

Friday’s match against WWCC begins at 6 p.m. 

      

Central Wyoming 3, Northwest 0

Kills — Shante Falslev 10, Sayler Larson 5, Karli Steiner 5, Baylee Peterson 5, Sabree Adams 3, Mollee Krum 2, Jacie Walker 1

Assists — Walker 30, Casey Elfland 1; Aces — Walker 1, Peterson 1, Paige Weimer 1

Digs — Weimer 16, Walker 9, Aubrianne Crosby 9, Falslev 6, Steiner 4, Adams 2, Emily Baumstarck 1, Elfland 1, Peterson 1

Blocks — Adams 2, Larson 1

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