In their second day of the Sam and Louie's Restaurant Invitational, the Northeastern Junior College (NJC) Plainswomen played their toughest two games against the #6 ranked Snow College (SC) and Highland Community College (HCC). Beating both teams could help boost their own #16 ranking, especially after a tough loss to the #20 ranked Utah State.
The first game of the day against he SC Badgers started strong in the first set, but the Badgers snuck a few past the Plainswomen to win 25-14. Northeastern needed to find a way to penetrate the Badger defense if they wanted to win. Right away NJC dug themselves a hole and trailed by seven, but brought it back to tie it at 20. Snow, however, rallied the last five points to the Plainswomen's one, and NJC lost 25-21. In the third, the Plainswomen started strong, but confusion on the court hindered their momentum and allowed SC to mount a comeback. From there, both teams exchanged points until the very end. In the end, the Badgers edged out NJC to win 26-24.
In their second game of the day and the last of the weekend, NJC played the HCC Scotties. Northeastern had two rough outings, and a win over HCC could end the invitational on a good note. The Scotties showed in the first set that NJC needed to bring their best in order to beat them. Both teams exchanged points throughout the match, but a few mistakes late in the set cost NJC as they fell 25-22. In the second, NJC started the set well, but HCC rallied back. Both teams exchanged points once again throughout the set, but mental mistakes cost the Plainswomen late and lost 25-19. The third set mimicked the previous two as both teams took their turn scoring points, with neither team gaining a sizable advantage. Northeastern had a slight lead late in the set, but the Scotties managed to stump the Plainswomen and defeated NJC 25-23.
Northeastern will travel next week as they play in the Wyo-Braska tournament, first in Torrington, Wyo. then in Scottsbluff, Neb.