The eighth-ranked North Idaho College volleyball team overcame a first set loss against Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah to go on to beat the Lady Golden Eagles 3-1 with scores of 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 at Christianson Gymnasium Oct. 25.
NIC sophomore middle blocker Yang Yang had 22 kills and 10 digs, freshman outside hitter Marissa Verduci added 10 kills and freshman setter Allison Meehan led both teams with 30 assists.
“That girl (Yang) keeps our team together,” NIC head coach Kandice Gregorak said. “She plays her heart out.”
After a first set loss, NIC came back and won the second set, but Eastern Utah stayed within a few points for the majority of the game.
“The first game CEU had a lot more energy than us,” sophomore Brooklynn Bradbury said, who contributed 19 assists. “They were excited more for every point. Second game we realized that what we were doing wasn’t enough and so we really had to pick up our energy.”
In the third set, after a 9-9 tie, NIC broke the game open with a 12-5 run started by a couple kills by Yang and sophomore middle blocker Shelby Lausen before going on to win 25-19.
NIC held as large as a 10-point lead in the last set before beating the Lady Golden Eagles and earning the conference win.