September 23, 2003
Lady Tigers rally to beat visiting NOC-Enid
It may have been the best thing that could have happened to Cowley County Community College’s volleyball team.
Monday night, visiting Northern Oklahoma College of Enid won the first game 30-27 in W.S. Scott Auditorium/Dan Kahler Court.
Lady Tiger head coach Joanna Pryor had seen enough.
“It was nice getting beat that first game, that way our players know they still have to be ready to play against weaker teams,” Pryor said as her squad rallied to win the final three games, 30-26, 30-17, and 30-15. “We came out flat and thought we could take care of them without even trying. We found out that wasn’t possible. The last two games were better.”
Pryor said she ran a 6-2 set in the first game, “which we never do,” and promptly scrapped it for the remainder of the evening. Still, Pryor said her team seems to lack a killer instinct after the first one-third of the season.
“In the last three games, we were comfortable with a five-point lead,” she said. “We sat back and relaxed, and you can’t do that.”
Amber Beck, a 5-foot-10 sophomore middle hitter from Coldwater, earned her coach’s praise.
“She had a good game,” Pryor said. “She blocked well and had some crucial kills. I was proud of her.”
Once again, mental mistakes hurt Cowley, Pryor said.
“During the first game, we probably missed 10 serves,” Pryor said. “We were probably in the net seven times while we were blocking. We had a lot of mistakes.”
Despite their sloppy play, the Lady Tigers improved to 11-4 overall.
On Wednesday, Cowley travels to Highland for a match that counts in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and the District M standings.
“We haven’t seen them yet this year, and I don’t think they’re one of the stronger teams in the East,” Pryor said. “But we still need to take care of business.”