September 4, 2003
Volleyball rebounds from loss to take out Coffeyville spikers
Heather Grubbs had 12 kills and Chelsey Fooshee added eight to lead Cowley County Community College's volleyball team to a 30-19, 30-25, 30-14 victory over Coffeyville Wednesday night in W.S. Scott Auditorium.
The victory improves Cowley's overall record to 5-2, 1-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and 1-0 in District M play.
While Grubbs was having what coach Joanna Pryor described as a "good game on the front row," Fooshee had perhaps her best match of the season. "She had a great game for us," Pryor said of the El Dorado sophomore.
"She blocked very well, played smart, and she served well." After a noticeable letdown in the second game, Pryor said sophomore Lynsey MacInnis took control in Game 3, scoring eight consecutive points from the service line, including four aces.
"She has a heckuva serve," Pryor said. "It was amazing to watch." Pryor was pleased with her team's overall play, especially after an embarrassing performance against Hutchinson in the semifinals of the Hutchinson Tournament last weekend.
"I think we put that behind us," she said. "Conference and district is when it counts. You've got to have your head in the game and forget about any losses. We knew Coffeyville was a weaker team, but you can't take them lightly. The first game we played well. The second game we let up. We made too many mistakes and that's what kept the game close." Pryor stressed to her team the importance of starting conference and district play on a positive note.
"I told them how important this match was," Pryor said. "I told them to focus on our play, to play the best we could, and not to their (Coffeyville's) level."
The Lady Tigers have a rare weekend off before hitting the road next Wednesday at Iola and Allen County.
"That's going to be a big game for us," Pryor said. "My first year (two seasons ago) Allen County was the first away contest and they smoked us in three games. Their crowd really gets into it like ours. But we have experienced sophomores this year, and they know what to expect. They actually feed off the crowd."
Pryor said she'll practice her team Friday, then give it the weekend off to rest.
"We have some little aches and pains, so it's nice to have a rest," she said.