NIC ROUNDUP: Border buzzsaw

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  • LOREN BENOIT/Press Hailee Etter, left, and Kayla Neumann of North Idaho College successfully block Cali Clark’s spike during a match against Community Colleges of Spokane on Wednesday.

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    LOREN BENOIT/PressHalle Hess serves the ball during Wednesday's match against Community Colleges of Spokane.

  • LOREN BENOIT/Press Hailee Etter, left, and Kayla Neumann of North Idaho College successfully block Cali Clark’s spike during a match against Community Colleges of Spokane on Wednesday.

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    LOREN BENOIT/PressHalle Hess serves the ball during Wednesday's match against Community Colleges of Spokane.

• VOLLEYBALL

COEUR d’ALENE — Anyone, at any time can make an impact on the North Idaho College volleyball team.

Wednesday just happened to be Sandpoint product Kayla Neumann’s night.

And a host of others.

Neumann had 14 kills and six digs for the Cardinals in a 25-12, 25-16, 25-13 sweep of the Community Colleges of Spokane in Northwest Athletic Conference play at Christianson Gym.

“I couldn’t do it without my team,” Neumann said. “I need my setter (Haylee Templeton) to perform well. I need the back row to perform well, and tonight really showed that it’s not just one person. We all work together to accomplish the same goal and that really showed tonight. We’re pretty balanced.”

“She’s just so athletic,” NIC coach Kelsey Stanley said of Neumann. “She’s going to go up and hit and she’s going to score, but I don’t know how she’s going to score. When she goes up, I know she’s going to put it down, and it’s fun to watch. I’ve got a lot of trust in that girl.”

Macy DuCoeur of Lake City High had nine kills, Halle Hess had eight kills, 10 digs and four aces — all in the first set — and Templeton had 43 assists for NIC (16-5, 6-0 East Region).

The loss drops Spokane (21-5, 4-2) into third in the region. Columbia Basin leads the region at 15-4, 7-0 with NIC currently in second.

“We knew coming into tonight that Spokane played with energy,” Neumann said. “And that’s something that we tend to lack in. But we didn’t really need it tonight. We came and played and played hard and knew we had to face them with that.”

Rachel Lehiskar had 16 digs, Hailee Etter eight kills and three aces for NIC, which travels to Columbia Basin of Pasco on Friday, then returns home on Saturday to face Wenatchee Valley.

“We’re just an all-around team and don’t have one stud,” Stanley said. “And I think that’s hard for teams to scout us and we’re pretty consistent. And we’re finally healthy, playing smarter and had more energy on the court tonight.”

NIC swept conference matches with Spokane in 2016.

Joelle Mahowald had six kills, Kaitlin Ramsey 15 digs and Kendall Collins 21 assists for Spokane.

“We knew we had to come and play against these guys,” Stanley said. “We just had a really good game and I thought our serve/receive was on tonight. As long as we’re at our peak during NWAC Championships, that’s what we want.”

NIC will face Spokane again on Nov. 1 at Spokane Falls Community College.

• MEN’S SOCCER

Spokane 0

North Idaho 0

COEUR d’ALENE — Tanner Sayer had one save in goal for the Cardinal men, but it was a big one.

In the final 10 minutes of the Cardinals’ home match with the Sasquatch, Sayer knocked a shot attempt wide on a breakaway, preserving a draw between the Northwest Athletic Conference rivals.

“Tanner came out, deflected it and got just enough of the ball to send it wide,” NIC coach Ken Thompson said. “Probably the play of the game for us.”

Thompson also praised the Cardinal defense, which was playing without injured defenseman Travis Williams.

“Armando Perez stepped in for Travis and played very well today,” Thompson said. “Our whole backline was good today. Cade Roske, he’s just been dominant for us, and we’d been playing him up top. But with some inexperience on defense, we put him at center midfielder today, and he and Josh Greer did a good job of shutting down the Spokane attack.”

NIC (2-6-2, 1-3-2 NWAC) — sixth in the East — hosts Treasure Valley at 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Spokane (7-2-2, 4-1-1) is third in the East Region and hosts Blue Mountain on Friday.

The top three teams advance to the NWAC tournament starting on Nov. 1.

First half — none. Second half — none.

Shots on goal — CCS 7, NIC 0

Saves — CCS, Caleb Garbuio 0; NIC, Luis Hernandez 6, Tanner Sayer 1.

• WOMEN’S SOCCER

Spokane 4

North Idaho 1

COEUR d’ALENE — The visiting Sasquatch jumped out to an early advantage to down the Cardinals in Northwest Athletic Conference play at Eisenwinter Field.

“Spokane played with a lot of energy,” NIC coach Dan Hogan said. “They beat us with some good counterattacking soccer.”

Cheris Brown scored twice in the second half for Spokane (7-3-1, 5-1-1 East Region).

Zoe Lee scored on an assist from Coeur d’Alene Charter product Natalie Goetz at 81:32 for NIC (7-4, 5-2), which hosts Treasure Valley on Friday.

Spokane is second in the East Region, trailed by NIC in third. The top three teams from each region advance to the conference tournament.

First half — 1, CCS, Molly Thies (Sabrina Castaneda), 11:25. 2, CCS, Sydney Clements (Riley Couch), 44:38. Second half — 3, CCS, Cheris Brown (unassisted), 45:07. 4, CCS, Brown (Jamie Fassler), 70:29. 5, NIC, Zoe Lee (Natalie Goetz), 81:32.

Shots on goal — CCS 11, NIC 4.

Saves — CCS, Michelle Czarapata 2; NIC, Kinzie Hunter 2.

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