September 11, 2003
Volleyball gets conference road victory over Allen County
Chelsey Fooshee had 19 kills and Lynsey MacInnis added 13 Wednesday night to lead Cowley County Community College's volleyball team to a four-set victory over Allen County in Iola.
Cowley won the match 30-22, 29-31, 30-15, 30-23 to improve to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division play.
Lady Tigers' coach Joanna Pryor was pleased with the way her team handled the crowd.
"We came out and played really well," Pryor said. "Allen has good crowds like we do, so it was a similar environment to us playing at home. Allen also had a band playing."
After controlling the first set, Cowley found itself in a familiar situation: struggling to win the second game.
"The second game has always been our weakness," Pryor said. "We just sit back and relax. We made a lot of mistakes, and that let them win that game."
Cowley adjusted and went on to the victory.
"We started running more plays, some trickery, and that kind of fooled them," Pryor said.
Pryor praised Fooshee, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from El Dorado.
"She did very well," Pryor said. "Her hitting percentage was amazing." Pryor said, however, that her team struggled with serve receives.
Cowley's blocking also was exceptional against Allen, Pryor said.
"They might have had three kills total," Pryor said. "That was nice to see, especially going into our own tournament."
Pryor said even 5-4 setter Tessa AraSmith from Towanda got into the act with three solo blocks.
Cowley's next action will be its own tournament Friday and Saturday in W.S. Scott Auditorium/Dan Kahler Court. The Lady Tigers open tourney play at 3 p.m. Friday against Butler County. Their other Friday match will be against Colby at 6 p.m. Pool play continues Saturday as Cowley will meet Redlands at 11 a.m., followed by Northern Oklahoma of Enid at 1 p.m. The top two teams from each pool will play at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., followed by the championship match at 4:30 p.m.