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NPCC Volleyball earns sweep, Men’s Basketball falls short

Knights Volleyball remains undefeated at home while local basketball player shines in NPCC’s loss
Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 10:44 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - It was an action packed afternoon at North Platte Community College. Things kicked off around noon with the Knights Volleyball Team hosting Trinidad State Junior College. NPCC didn’t drop a set, tallying a sweep to improve to 3-0 at home this year. Despite losing a match the day prior, the Knights rebounded with great energy today.

“I thought we played well last night and even though we came up short, I thought we played well. We talked about using that momentum going in today and I thought we did a nice job of executing the things we needed to,” said Head Coach Alexa McCall.

The Knights were in full control from the start and much of that came from the team’s front line. Taylor Hansen was dominant for NPCC and made sure that the team’s energy didn’t dip on the second day of a back-to-back.

“We always talk about as a team if you’re not on the court, we need to bring up the energy off the court...We all have a strong and special bond it’s really nice,” said Hansen of her team’s chemistry.

Up next for the Knights is McCook Community College (7-4). That game is set to be played at NPCC on Tuesday night at 7PM.

“It’s going to be a tough match but we’re excited to have them here. I think that we’ve established some good wins on our home court so we’re excited to host them,” added McCall.

Shortly after that game concluded, the NPCC Men’s Basketball team took the court looking to avoid a three game losing streak. And while the Knights fell 92-81, Steven Garcia provided a late game surge to inject some excitement into the gym. The Freshman from North Platte hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the deficit to single digits. Garcia also recorded two steals and a pair of assists in the final minutes of play to provide a spark for his team.

“My goal for every game is to make some sort of impact on the game to benefit our team, whether that be on the court or on the bench,” said Garcia.

Steven certainly made an impact on the court, and the home crowd, tonight. The North Platte native almost single-handedly kept the game competitive down the stretch, avoiding what was shaping up to be a routine double digit defeat.

After a two week hiatus, the NPCC Women’s Basketball Team returns to their home gym tomorrow afternoon for a 2PM clash with Southeast Community College.

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