No. 16 Northeast knocks off MCC netters in 4 sets

NORFOLK, Neb. – The Marshalltown Community College volleyball team fought back from multiple deficits throughout the day, but the Tigers were outlasted on the road by NJCAA Division II No. 16 Northeast Community College on Saturday, falling in four sets, 25-14, 23-25, 28-26, 25-18.

Freshman Sara Bisbe led MCC with 16 kills, including five in the final set. Freshman Nina Bales tallied 28 assists on the day while sophomore DaNesha Cowley recorded four total blocks in the loss.

After stumbling out of the gate in the opening set, the Tigers (4-12) put together an all-around solid performance to rally in set two. After taking a 16-15 lead following a kill from Nicole Montgomery, the host Hawks (15-3) scored five of the next six points to take a three-point lead. After an MCC timeout, Bisbe came out swinging, putting together a pair of kills to tie the match at 23-all. MCC came all the way back behind the service of Bales to even the match at 1-1.

Northeast came out in set three and built a marginal lead at 19-11, but the Tigers strung together 10 of the next 14 points to pull within two, 23-21. Following a timeout, the Tigers tied the match at 24-all and again at 25. Cowley’s kill put the Tigers ahead 26-25, but the momentum ended there as Northeast took the set 28-26.

The Hawks’ depth was the key factor in the fourth set as MCC fell.

The Tigers’ road trip continues with a match at Southwestern Community College at 7 p.m. Monday in Creston.