| Aspen Olson, no. 9, tips away from the double block. The Golden Eagles defeated
Otero in three sets during the home opener on Aug. 25 in Cheyenne.
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The Golden Eagles were looking to impress their fans in their home opener and did so in grand fashion by defeating Otero Junior College in three straight sets (25-12, 25-23 and 25-11) in front of packed house at LCCC Gymnasium on Aug. 25.
Nine straight points midway through the first set helped LCCC gain the momentum to get by the Rattlers. Set two was closer, as both teams had some good runs. Just as the Golden Eagles were about to put the Rattlers away, Otero closed the gap to one point late in the second set. After a timeout, second-year LCCC head coach Austin Albers got his team to settle back down and take the second set on the very next possession. The Golden Eagles were in full control of the third set as they killed off the Rattlers 25-11 on some great attacking combinations.
“We were very clean on our serves, and the front line was great with blocks up front on the net,” Albers said. “I still would like for us to be more consistent down the stretch.”
Mikaila Jegtvig, the sophomore from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, led the Golden Eagles with 11 kills and only one error on 20 swings. Fellow sophomore Aspen Olson (Johnstown, Colorado) had nine kills and one error on 19 swings. Freshman Farel Garcia (Johnstown, Colorado) led in assists with 14, and sophomore Paulina Hileman (Johnstown, Colorado) finished with 11 digs in the match.
Up next, the Golden Eagles will head to Illinois for the Lincoln Land Invitational over the weekend. The Golden Eagles will square off with Illinois Central College, who is ranked 6th in NJCAA D2; Mineral Area College, who is ranked 18th in country for NJCAA D1; Lake Land College and Lincoln Land College, who are receiving votes.