October 8, 2003
Cowley volleyball returns home with win
After playing eight consecutive road matches, the Cowley County Community College volleyball team returned home with a 31-29, 30-20, 30-24 win over Hesston College Tuesday.
Cowley nearly lost game one as the Lady Tigers saw Hesston rally from a seven-point deficit late in the game to tie the score at 28-28. However, the Lady Tigers regrouped, and won three of the final four points to win game one.
The game-one victory propelled the Lady Tigers to wins of games two and three as Cowley extended its winning streak to four matches.
“We kind of lost our focus at the end of the first game, but we came back to play really well as a team,” Cowley coach Joanna Pryor said. “We were taking care of business on our side, and everyone seemed to have a good game.”
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Grubbs led Cowley with 12 kills and 10 digs, while sophomore setter Tessa AraSmith added seven digs and played a strong match for the Lady Tigers.
“Tessa’s digs were very crucial, she also did a good job of passing for us,” Pryor said.
The victory improves Cowley’s home record to 6-2, and to 16-8 overall.
Before the current winning streak, Cowley had lost four matches in a row. Pryor made some changes in the Lady Tigers’ lineup in the first match of the Pratt Tournament played over the weekend, before going back to the regular lineup later in the tournament.
The shakeup of the lineup seems to have gotten the starters’ attention, as the team has equaled its longest winning streak of the season.
The Lady Tigers will be in search of a fifth straight victory when they play host to Fort Scott at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’ve started playing better of late, everybody has picked up their game a little bit,” Pryor said.