EL DORADO, Kan. - After winning the first two pool matches to start the season, Northeastern A&M's Lady Norse lost two matches Saturday in the Butler Community College Invitational volleyball tournament.
Coach Eric Iverson's Lady Norse carry a 2-2 season record to Iola, Kan., Friday for the two-day Allen County Community College Invitational.
Ironically, Allen County handed the Lady Norse their first loss in Saturday's final pool play match. The Red Devils needed four games to dispatch NEO.
After the Red Devils gained a 25-23 win in the first game, the Lady Norse earned a 25-17 victory in the second game. Allen County responded with a 25-14 win in the third game before posting a 26-24 victory to win the match.
“Freshman outside hitter Elise Monte of Owasso played really well against Allen County,” Iverson said. “We played very solid defense the first three matches.”
Squaring off against the 19th-ranked Butler Lady Grizzlies in the first match of tournament play, the Lady Norse lost three straight games.
The Lady Grizzlies eliminated NEO by 25-11, 25-17 and 25-7 scores.
“Butler displayed why they are ranked nationally because they were so far ahead of us in their conditioning,” Iverson said. “We just weren't prepared to play four matches in two days and it showed against a very good team.”
Opening the tournament on Friday, the Lady Norse won their pool with victories over Labette Community College and Coffeyville Community College.
NEO needed four games to defeat the arch rival Coffeyville Lady Ravens in the second match. The Lady Norse won 28-26 and 25-23 before suffering a 19-25 loss in the third game. NEO rolled to a 25-15 win to capture the match.
“Freshman middle hitter Jessica Chasteen of Tulsa kept us in every game against Coffeyville,” Iverson said. “She came up with some big saves along the net.”
The Lady Norse defeated Labette Community College 25-20, 26-24 and 25-18 to start the tournament on Friday.