MASON CITY | The NIACC volleyball team is in need of a few wins over the final few weeks of the season.
With four home matches on four of the next five outings, Lady Trojans coach Chris Brandt was looking for positive things starting on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for NIACC, Northeast Community College played a strong, fundamentally-sound match and was able to cruise to a 3-0 win over the mistake-prone Lady Trojans.
Set scores were 25-15, 25-15 and 15-10.
“We have an amazing amount of talent,” Brandt said. “But we just give our opponents a lot of points.”
NIACC struggled from the outset as the Hawks built a quick 18-7 lead in the first set.
While the Lady Trojans occasionally struggled getting the ball in the correct position to effectively run their offense, Northeast had no problem finding outside hitters Monqiue Shafer and Macy Stewart.
NIACC made a bit of a run late in the set, and Brandt was looking for some momentum in set two, but a six-point Hawks run early again put the Trojans on the defensive.
NIACC pulled within 18-13 in a set it needed to win, but another five-point Northeast run put the second set out of reach.
Northeast then dominated play at the net in the third set and closed out the match.
Hannah Wagner and Shelby Heston, a pair of freshmen hitters who have been among the Lady Trojan kill leaders all season, had five kills apiece to lead the NIACC offense.
Sydney Roush, a freshman setter, had 14 assists while Wagner and Connor Gauch had eight digs apiece.
NIACC (4-14) will look to pick up a couple of home victories on Saturday when the Lady Trojans play host to Anoka-Ramsey and Marshalltown Community College, beginning at noon.
“It’s nice that we don’t have to travel,” Brandt said. “We are trying to find a court leader, and they still need to decide how to be a team.”