For the second match in a row, the Eastern Wyoming College volleyball team found itself on the wrong end of a five-set match.
The Lancers dropped the first two sets against Northeastern Junior College 19-25 and 23-25 before flipping the script for wins of 25-21 and 25-23 in the third and fourth sets.
EWC held an 8-7 lead when the teams switch sides, and were tied 10-10 before NJC went on a 5-1 run to close the fifth set 15-11.
"On one hand, you're proud of the fight and for making it a four-point loss when you were down two sets to none," EWC head coach Dante Geoffrey said. "On the other hand you know you can't fall behind like that against a team that talented and well-coached."
The near-comeback was led by freshman outside hitter Vanja Pržulj who had a game-high 18 kills and a .452 hitting percentage.
Freshman libero J'Adore Hayes had 19 digs, six assists and two aces.
Freshman setter Vittoria Cacciavillani had a team-high 20 assists, one more than sophomore Lexi Trowbridge, who nearly missed out on a double-double with nine digs.
Hosly added 10 digs and Parmelee had eight.
Feierabend led all players with four service aces. Sophomore Nadia Montalan El-Hiriche had three and Trowbridge had one.
"We get another chance at them [Northeastern] next week so we need to bring that 'backs-against-the-wall' mentality right from the start," Geoffrey said. "Playing teams like NJC helps us in our battle for region because we can calibrate our competitiveness against a team with national tournament aspirations."
The Lancers play in Sterling on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.