October 9, 2003
Cowley volleyball picks up another home victory
Cowley County Community College’s volleyball team scored another conference victory Wednesday night at W.S. Scott Auditorium, topping visiting Fort Scott 30-15, 30-15, 30-25.
The Lady Tigers cruised to an easy 15-point win (30-15) in game one. In the second game, the Lady Greyhounds looked as if they were going to give Cowley a tougher test as the teams traded points until the score was tied 11-11.
However, that’s when the Lady Tigers took over, scoring 13 of the next 14 points, and 19 of the game’s final 23 in another 30-15 win.
Looking to force a fourth game, Fort Scott used a 7-1 run to tie the score at 24-24 in game three. With the Lady Greyhounds having regained the momentum, Cowley head coach Joanna Pryor called a timeout to get her team to regain its focus.
The timeout worked as the Lady Tigers rattled off four straight points after the timeout, and ended the match by scoring six of the final seven points.
Pryor was pleased with the way her team played in the victory, especially the freshmen, which saw extensive playing time in the final two games.
“It was nice to get the freshmen some playing time,” Pryor said. “That experience will be beneficial, especially for next year. Overall, we did a good job, and passed the ball really well.”
Sophomore Libero Ashley Dunavan, who was one of the Lady Tigers who had a solid night passing the ball, thinks the team is starting to put it all together.
“We worked on our passing a lot in practice and it paid off,” Dunavan said. “If our passers can keep it up, our hitters will put the ball away.”
Once again, Heather Grubbs led the team with 12 kills. Sophomore right-side hitter Chelsey Fooshee also played well as she finished with 10 kills, eight digs and four solo blocks.
“Chelsey’s blocking was amazing,” Pryor said. “She did a lot of good things for us.”
The victories improve Cowley’s home record to 7-2, and to 17-8 overall and 5-1 in the Jayhawk East.
Before the Lady Tigers current five-match 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 put together its longest winning streak of the season.
The Lady Tigers will look to run their winning streak to six when they play at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Cowley has already faced Northern Oklahoma three times this season, winning all three from the Lady Jets.
“We’ve started playing better of late, everybody has picked up their game a little bit,” Pryor said.