September 29, 2003
Cowley volleyball falls to three ranked teams
GREAT BEND — Playing in its toughest tournament of the season, the Cowley County Community College volleyball team went 0-3 at the Cougar Classic Friday and Saturday in Great Bend.
The Lady Tigers opened the tournament against No. 4-ranked Barton County. After beating Cowley 30-20 in the first game, the Lady Cougars played a near flawless second game as they cruised to a 30-8 win.
“They had zero mistakes in that second game,” Cowley coach Joanna Pryor said. “They did absolutely nothing wrong.”
Cowley came back to give the Cougars a battle in the third game before losing 25-30.
“We didn’t play that badly in the first and third games, but Barton gave us an eye opener in how we needed to play against the other two teams,” Pryor said.
Cowley would next face 11th-ranked Seward County. After losing the first game 25-30, the Lady Tigers won game two 30-27. However, Seward avenged the defeat by winning games three and four by scores of 30-25, 30-16.
“We played pretty well against them until the 22nd or 23rd points of each game, then we kind of let up,” Pryor said. “We looked as if we were satisfied with at least beating them in the second game. It’s frustrating, it’s something we will have to work on in practice.”
Cowley wrapped up play in the tournament Saturday with an 18-30, 11-30, 24-30 loss to No. 8-ranked Jefferson County (Mo.) Community College.
“We played pretty strong in the third game,” Pryor said. “I think the girls wanted to finish the weekend strong heading into our match with Johnson (County) Wednesday.”
Despite the defeats, Pryor thought the tournament was a good experience for the Lady Tigers. “Playing in this kind of tournament will help us a heck of a lot more than going and beating somebody 30-8,” Pryor said. “When we go to Johnson County on Wednesday, we won’t be intimidated at all.”
Sophomores Heather Grubbs and Amber Beck continued their solid play as they each did well at the tournament. Grubbs, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, played solid defense on the back row and came up with several kills and digs. Beck had another good weekend of blocking.
Cowley is now 12-7 on the season. The Lady Tigers will pay at Johnson County Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Pryor is hoping to see her team play with a higher intensity level.
“I think the key is we have got to be scrappy,” Pryor said. “We have got to go for every ball and not let anything hit. I think we will hit the ball fine, it’s just a matter of us being on our toes and going for everything.”