Realizing that ‘there is no place like home’, Northeastern A&M’s Lady Norse volleyball team swept a three-game match against Cottey College Wednesday evening in the Student Activity Center.
"We have played a very strong schedule against some good teams in our first three losses on the road," Lady Norse head coach Eric Iverson said. "But, because of the competition we have made tremendous progress every time out and it showed against Cottey.
"Not only are we pleased with the effort our young team is giving us, but with each challenge comes better execution," Iverson said. "We purposely wanted to test this team early with a difficult road schedule to get them ready for district matches and I think we’ve accomplished that."
The Lady Norse opened with a 25-12 victory over the Cottey Comets. Neither team could gain any offensive momentum in the second game before the Lady Norse pulled out a 26-24 win. The Lady Norse won the best-of-five match by a 25-17 score in the third game.
NEO traveled to Chanute, Kan., Monday night and suffered a loss to Neosho County Community College in five games.
After posting a 26-24 win in the first game at Neosho County, the Lady Norse dropped a 25-19 decision in the second game. NEO rallied to win game three by a 27-25 score before Neosho County rallied to win 25-17 and 15-8.
Sophomore outside hitters Lauren Rogers from Catoosa and Samantha Smith from Broken Arrow had 12 kills each against Neosho County.
"Neosho County is a very talented team and they had five players return to their lineup that hadn’t played before," Iverson said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win a huge road match, but couldn’t close it out."
The Lady Norse don’t play again until Sept. 21 in a 6:30 p.m. match against Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan.