September 2, 2003
Spikers go 4-2 at Hutchinson Tournament
The Cowley County Community College volleyball team opened the season with a 4-2 record at the Hutchinson Tournament Friday and Saturday. The Lady Tigers opened the tourney with a loss and ended it with a loss, sandwiched around four consecutive victories.
Head Coach Joanna Pryor said ending the tourney with a loss was disappointing.
"It almost would have been better had we not made it out of pool play and had won our last match," she said. "We were very tired for that last match."
Cowley lost 10-30, 11-30 to Hutchinson in the semifinals of the tournament. Barton County defeated Cowley 18-30, 22-30 to open pool play. Pryor said her team competed well for the first time out.
"We were pretty much in it the whole time until they reached 20 points," Pryor said. "It was our first game of the season, and we didn't play as well as we could have and still stayed with them. If we continue to improve and work on our skills, we can compete."
Barton is a perennial powerhouse in the Jayhawk Conference's West Division. After opening 0-1 in the tourney, Cowley reeled off four consecutive victories: 30-25, 30-14 over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 30-22, 25-30, 15-10 over Hesston, 30-25, 30-25 over Allen County, and 30-25, 30-26 over Pratt.
"Point-wise, the matches were close," Pryor said. "But as far as play, we won them pretty easily. We were pretty confident the whole time. We'd get ahead and let them score a few points. Then we'd finally play again and get it over with. One of the things we have to work on is consistently playing well all the time."
Pryor said sophomores Lynsey MacInnis and Heather Grubbs played well, as did sophomore Ashley Dunavan.
"Ashley passes anything that comes within 20 feet of her," Pryor said. "She sacrificed her body this weekend."
Pryor said the Hutch tournament helped her team see what it needs to practice.
"It just showed us a lot of things we need to work on early," she said. "Our passing was good, but our defense against their hitting has to improve. Within our conference, that probably could get us by, but when it comes to post season, we've got to work on defense."
Cowley will hold its home opener at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in W.S. Scott Auditorium against Coffeyville.
"We saw them this weekend in the other pool," Pryor said. "They're not one of your stronger teams, but we have to be ready for them and play our game and not let them set the tempo." The match against the Red Ravens also is the first that counts in the conference standings.