The Dawson Community College women’s volleyball team continued their road struggles this past weekend as they finished 1-3 in the Western Wyoming College Tournament.
With the losses, DCC fell to 4-15 on the season. They lost to Snow College on Friday in their first match, with scores of 7-25, 24-26 and 19-25, head coach John Marble said.
"[Snow College] was big, our pre-match cheer was David," Marble posted on the Lady Buccaneers’ Facebook page.
Mirjana Radovanovic led the Lady Bucs with eight assists. Victoria Foster and Lindsey James blocked one each. Shelby Jessiman had one ace and seven kills. And Desiree Schauman did what she does best, racking in 14 digs.
Western Wyoming defeated DCC twice, on Friday night and Saturday morning. In their first match, DCC lost in three sets with scores of 10-25, 14-25 and 21-25.
Key players included Katie Lyons with 10 assists and two blocks and Schauman with six digs and three aces.
Western, currently ranked second in the nation, defeated DCC on in the second match in three sets with scores of 8-25, 10-25 and 18-25.
Once again, Schauman led the team with 15 digs (averaging nearly five per set). Lyons had 12 assists and Jessiman had seven kills.
"It’s always a challenge and an honor to play one of the best teams in the nation," Marble said. "I felt we played better our second time around. We played much better offense and defense. It was a sign of developing."
In their only win of the weekend, DCC beat Colorado Northwestern in four close sets with scores of 25-25, 26-28, 25-29 and 25-21.
Schauman played a solid match with four aces and 25 digs; Jessiman registered 13 kills, Lyons had 22 assists and NaTasha Mathis had four blocks.
The DCC volleyball squad has competed with almost everyone they play, Marble said. That said, they haven’t finished with many victories so far.
"The girls were hungry to win," he said. "The victory was a big deal and well deserved."
In other news, sophomore Miona Mijalkovic is currently rehabilitating her sprained ankle, which she suffered in the beginning of the season. Marble said he hopes she is match ready come next weekend.
This weekend, the Lady Bucs return home to enter in the Coca-Cola Classic and compete against Central Wyoming, Rocky JV, Great Plains, Wyoming and the University of Great Falls JV.
By Eric Killelea
Ranger-Review Staff Writer