September 12, 2012

By Jonathan Seib Journal-Advocate sports reporter

TWIN FALLS, Idaho --The Northeastern Junior College Plainswomen continue their strong start to the season. The Plainswomen are now 8-6 overall on the season after a win over Casper, Wyo., on Thursday and going 1-3 over the weekend in the CSI tourney at the College of Southern Idaho.

"We made big strides this past week. The girls became stronger mentally, which really helped with our silly errors. Volleyball is a game of errors and if we continue to work hard to eliminate the silly errors teams are going to be very scared of us," said new Plainswomen head coach Jessica Tjaden.

Casper College

The Plainswomen started out the weekend with a road game against Casper College in Wyoming, winning in four sets: 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, and 21-25.

Mayara Prestes led with 11 kills and 43 digs. Gabby Jandotti and Nikki Schmidt had three solo blocks each. Mandi Velasquez led with 17 assists and Katie Kuntz had 16 assists. Libero Jena Monheiser led with 54 digs and Mackenzie Krause had 2 aces.

Barton Community College

The Plainswomen lost the first game of the CSI tourney to the team from Great Bend, Kan., in five tough sets: 25-13, 24-26, 25-19, 17-25, and 14-16.

Velasquez led with 19 assists; Kuntz had 12. Prestes had 3 aces and 11 kills. Krause put up 8 kills; Jandotti, 4 solo blocks; Anna Kindvall, 3 solo blocks, and Monheiser, 51 digs.

Central Florida

The Plainswomen then lost in three sets to the College of Central Florida: 13-25, 15-25 and 15-25.

Krause and Prestes led the effort with 25 digs while Prestes also put up two aces.

Laramie County

The Plainswomen got their first win of the CSI tourney against Wyoming's Laramie County Community College in four sets: 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, and 25-18

Monheiser had 39 digs; Krause, 24 digs; and Prestes, 26 digs. Prestes also had four aces while Velasquez had 19 assists and Kuntz, 12 assists. Jandotti led the offense with 13 kills and had 3 solo blocks.

Miami Dade

NJC lost the final game of the tournament against Miami Dade College from Florida in four sets: 15-25, 22-25, 25-20, and 15-25.

Prestes led the effort with 20 kills and 28 digs. Monheiser had four aces and and 28 digs and Velasquez had 15 assists and Kuntz, 14.

NJC now hosts Nebraska's North Platte Community College tonight in their home opener.