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MASON CITY, Iowa – History does in fact, repeat itself.

Just ask the Northeast Community College volleyball team.

On Sunday, the Hawks (21-16) stormed back after losing the first set to North Iowa Area Community College to claim the Region XI championship in a five-set thriller (23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 20-25 and 15-13) for the fourth year in a row in Mason City, Iowa.

“This team had a great weekend of volleyball,” head coach Amanda Schultze said. “It’s always hard to beat someone on their home court with a big crowd, but our kids kept their composure and played hard until point 15. We definitely made errors throughout the entire match that we could have done without, but we kept fighting. We were down 13-9 in the fifth set and came back to win 15-13.”

Brianna Bauer (O’Neill, Neb.) led the Hawks with 24 kills and 21 digs, while Hannah Heppner (Stanton, Neb.) and Caitlin Orton (Mills, Neb.) added 19 kills, respectively. Freshman standout Josie Sanger (Crofton, Neb.) had 43 digs and 13 assists and was named MVP of the tournament.

MaKayla Davidson (Alliance, Neb.) pitched in 57 assists and 17 digs, while Elizabeth Christensen (Stanton, Neb.) tallied 20 digs.

For their efforts, Heppner and Davidson were named to the All-Tournament Team.

”I am very proud of how these girls competed this weekend and even more proud of how they finished.”

The Hawks will head east to compete in the NJCAA DII Volleyball National Tournament beginning on Nov. 21 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.V.

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NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team was down by four points heading into halftime, but that didn’t stop them from rallying back to defeat Iowa Central Community College, 61-51 in the Hawks Classic at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.

The Hawks (4-0) went on to out-score the Tritons in the final two quarters, 35-21, while shooting 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc in the contest.

Kyla Moore (Norfolk, Neb.) led the Northeast offense with 15 points and six steals, while Beth Matas (Girona, Spain) had 12 points and seven assists. Lorna Maxon (Laurel, Neb.) and Emina Hadzihusejnovic (Mostar, Bosnia) added 10 points each, while Hadzihusejnovic added eight rebounds.

The Hawks host Midland University JV at 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 12 in Norfolk.

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NORFOLK, Neb. – Back-to-back dunks by Daniel Akuei (Melbourne, Australia) and Emmette Page (Crystal, Minn.) sparked the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team to a 99-98 overtime victory over Iowa Central Community College in the final game of the Hawks Classic in the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.

Page ultimately forced overtime with a made layup with 21 seconds to play in regulation, while Akuei put the Hawks (2-2) in front with a 3-pointer with 3:48 to play in overtime.

The Hawks took a 49-43 lead at halftime, but was out-scored by the Tritons by six points in the second half.

Page recorded 27 points, eight assists and four rebounds, while connecting on six 3-pointers. Oyiti Amum (Melbourne, Australia) had 16 points and six rebounds, while Zack James (Norfolk, Neb.) and Akuei pitched in 14 points. Ben Moxness (Scribner, Neb.) added 12 points.

The Hawks shot 45 percent from the field and 48 percent from beyond the arc.

Northeast hits the road to face Lake Region State College at 3 p.m. Friday in Wahpeton, N.D., followed by a game with North Dakota State College of Science at 5 p.m. Saturday.

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