October 6, 2003
Cowley volleyball team goes 3-0 at Pratt tourney
PRATT — The Cowley County Community College volleyball team put an emphatic end to its four-match losing streak as it did not lose a game in going 3-0 at the Pratt Tournament held Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Tigers picked up wins over Northern Oklahoma College of Enid (30-25, 31-29, 30-28), Lamar (Colo.) College (30-28, 30-16, 32-30), and Pratt Community College (30-17, 30-20, 30-19).
“We needed this after losing four in a row,” coach Joanna Pryor said. “I felt we gave a little extra effort, and had fun while we were playing, which had a lot to do with it. We hadn’t played that good in a long time.”
Against NOC, whom Cowley was facing for the third time this season, the Lady Tigers survived two close contests in games two and three to remain unbeaten against the Lady Jets.
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Grubbs led Cowley with 13 kills and 14 digs, while sophomore right-side hitter Chelsey Fooshee added 11 kills.
Cowley’s match with Lamar was another close affair as it sandwiched two-point wins in game one and game three around a 14-point win of game two.
“We found ways to put the ball away, and did a lot of things right against Lamar,” Pryor said.
Grubbs again led the Lady Tigers with 15 kills and eight digs in the victory.
Sophomore right-side hitter Lynsey MacInnis also played well as she chipped in with 11 kills.
Wrapping up the tournament against host Pratt, Cowley breezed to 13-, 10-, and 11-point wins in its match with the Beavers.
Against Pratt, Grubbs finished with 12 kills and eight digs. MacInnis added 10 kills.
In Cowley’s three matches at the tournament, Grubbs finished with 40 kills and 30 digs.
“Grubbs had an awesome weekend,” Pryor said.
The victories improve Cowley’s record to 15-8. After eight straight road matches, the Lady Tigers will look to build on their strong weekend play when they host a pair of home matches Tuesday and Wednesday at W.S. Scott Auditorium/Dan Kahler Court. On Tuesday, Cowley will host Hesston College at 6:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, the Lady Tigers will host Fort Scott at 6:30 p.m.
“Winning this weekend helped our confidence, so we should play well at home,” Pryor said.