CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – For the first time in four years, there will be a new Region XI-B champion.
The Northeast Community College volleyball team fell in the Region XI-B semifinals in three sets to No. 7 Kirkwood Community College, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-18 at Johnson Hall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Eagles held the Hawks (7-16, 5-14 ICCAC) to less than 20 points in each set, despite the Hawks hitting .276 in the third set.
Carly Hirsch (Norfolk, Neb.) led the Hawks’ attack with 12 kills. Payton Weber (Alliance, Neb.) had six kills and 14 digs. Jamie Bonifas (Blue Hill, Neb.) added 27 assists and 18 digs, while Alexis Kapales (Jonesboro, Ark.) and Elizabeth Christensen (Stanton, Neb.) had 16 and 14 digs, respectively.
The Hawks graduate two sophomores and return a plethora of talented freshmen next fall.