The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball and soccer teams will entertain ranked teams this weekend in crucial Region IX conference games.
The Cougar volleyball will have one of the bigger matches of the season when the No. 18 Cougar women entertain No. 20 Northeastern Junior College in a key South Sub-region match-up at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The other big match on Friday pits the WNCC women’s soccer team against No. 4 Laramie County Community College at 1:30 p.m. at the Landers Soccer Complex. The Cougar men will then follow at 4 p.m. when they face a LCCC team that received honorable mention recognition in the latest polls.
Friday’s volleyball match is the big contest between the rivals. The match will also be Breast Cancer Awareness night with special admission prices and activities going on during the game.
The last time WNCC and NJC faced each other was the Region IX championship match last November when the Plainswomen topped the Cougars in four sets 14-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-21.
This season, the two squads are among the elite in the region. The Cougars are 18th in the nation with an 18-5 record. The Cougars are riding a 7-match winning streak. NJC enters the encounter with a 12-5 record, winning their last three matches.
After Friday, the volleyball team will host Lamar Community College on Saturday in a 3 p.m. matinee.
The soccer matches this weekend will have conference implications. The Cougar women will be battling two teams that are in the Top 4 of the conference standings. Friday’s opponent, Laramie County, enters with an 8-0-1 record and are 5-0 in conference play. Western Wyoming, who the Cougars play on Saturday, are tied with the Cougars at 3-2 in conference. The WNCC women are 8-2 overall and the team is looking for its first 10-win season since 2009 when they went 11-6-1.
The Cougar men are also in a battle for a Top 4 conference finish. The Cougar men are 3-2 in conference play 6-4 overall. WNCC has won its last three matches and sits in fifth in the conference.
Friday’s men’s opponent, Laramie County Community College, is 5-0 in conference and tied with NJC for first. The Golden Eagles are 7-3 overall and have won their last five matches. LCCC has scored the most conference goals so far this season with 35 and have allowed their opponents three goals. WNCC has scored nine and allowed nine goals in conference action.
The Cougar men’s Saturday opponent, Western Wyoming, is 1-4 in conference play and 3-9 overall. Saturday’s matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men.