ENID - Consistent defensive play around the net carried the Northeastern A&M Lady Norse to a four-game victory over the Northern Oklahoma College Lady Jets Wednesday in the final volleyball match of the regular season.
“This was by far our best match of the season,” Lady Norse coach Eric Iverson said. “Individually it was kind of hit and miss, but it became a group effort and we are continuing to progress.
“We were more alert around the net defensively and a lot more aggressive,” Iverson said. “We also had more blocks and second shots because we kept the ball alive.”
The Lady Norse (6-8) opened the best-of-5 match with a 25-16 victory.
After the Division I Lady Jets (8-10) won 25-19 in the second game, NEO posted 25-19 and 25-18 victories to capture the match.
NEO travels to St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley on Nov. 7-8 to play in the Region XVI Tournament. The Lady Norse are seeded third in the four-team playoffs.
Two-time defending regional champion and No. 7 ranked Metropolitan Community College-Longview, Mo., received the top seed while eighth-rated East Central Community College of Union, Mo., received the second seed.
Cottey College of Nevada, Mo., is the fourth seed in the tournament.
Winner of the regional advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association Women's Division II national tournament Nov. 20-22 at Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.