October 2, 2003
Cowley volleyball suffers first conference defeat
OVERLAND PARK — Playing at Johnson County Wednesday, the Cowley County Community College volleyball team suffered its first loss in conference play as it fell to the Lady Cavaliers 22-30, 28-30, 20-30.
After starting the season by winning 12 of their first 16 matches, the Lady Tigers have dropped four matches in a row.
“Johnson was very good defensively; they were all over the floor,” Cowley coach Joanna Pryor said. “We couldn’t execute our hitting, and when you don’t execute, you had better block well, and we didn’t do that, either.”
With a chance to even the match at a game a piece, Cowley let a golden opportunity slip away as it lost game two 28-30.
“I think if we would have won game two things might have been different,” Pryor said. “We acted like we were ready to go, but we didn’t play like it.”
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Grubbs led the Lady Tigers, finishing with 10 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Libero Ashley Dunavan also played well, adding a team-high 18 digs.
The loss drops the Lady Tigers’ to 12-8 overall and 4-1 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. Cowley will look to end its losing skid when it takes part in the Pratt Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Cowley will open the tournament against Northern Oklahoma College (Enid) Friday at 4 p.m., and will then play Saturday against Lamar (Colo.) College and Pratt Community College at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
“I would like to beat them all,” Pryor said. “We have got to learn to get on the floor, and have got to hustle more. We need some wins badly.