September 15, 2003
Volleyball team goes 3-2 at own tournament
Although Cowley County Community College’s volleyball team didn’t win a trophy at its own tournament, head coach Joanna Pryor said her team learned a valuable lesson.
Pryor’s team went 3-2 during last weekend’s Cowley Tournament, losing to eventual champion Dodge City in the semifinals 21-30, 21-30. But it was during the second game against Redlands Saturday afternoon where Cowley learned its lesson.
The Lady Tigers trailed Redlands by 11 points and were on the verge of losing the game when the comeback began.
"I’m somewhat pleased with our play in the tournament because we learned how to come back," Pryor said. "That was the first time we’ve come back from that kind of deficit."
On Friday afternoon, Cowley opened the tournament with a 30-18, 30-17 victory over Butler County. Friday night, Colby handed Cowley its first loss of the tourney, 22-30, 24-30. Cowley defeated Redlands Saturday afternoon 32-30 and 30-28.
"We played so awesome as a team against Redlands," Pryor said. "We really played together. People weren’t selfish. We took the initiative to go for every ball. It was an amazing match. It was great. We really showed people how we can play."
In the Lady Tigers’ 30-17, 30-6 pasting of Northern Oklahoma-Enid, freshman middle hitter Rachelle Aupperle served 14 consecutive points. In the semifinal match against Dodge City, Cowley held a brief lead in the second game, only to lose in two.
"They scored the last five points on our errors," Pryor said. "They were good. They had two Brazilians on the team who were very good. One was the best hitter we’ve seen all year. She’d hit around our blocks." Dodge City defeated Colby in two games to win the tournament. Cowley’s Lynsey MacInnis was the lone Lady Tiger to be named to the All-Tournament Team. Pryor said she expected her team to learn from the tournament.
"One of our losses was legitimate, and one we could have avoided," she said. "We learned how to play as a team and play defense." Cowley hosts a depleted Labette team at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in W.S. Scott Auditorium/Dan Kahler Court. Pryor said Labette likely would bring just six players.