October 30, 2003
Cowley volleyball wins, finishes second in East
With its 30-18, 30-22, 30-18 home win over Kansas City Wednesday, the Cowley County Community College volleyball team finished the regular season in a tie for second in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.
Johnson County (9-0) defeated Independence (7-2) Wednesday to capture the Jayhawk East title. The loss dropped Independence into a second-place tie with the Lady Tigers.
In its match vs. Kansas City (8-18 overall, 4-5 in the Jayhawk East) Wednesday, Cowley did not let the Lady Blue Devils hang around as they cruised to wins in each of the three games.
“Usually against weaker teams, we let them stay in the game, but this time we were able to pull away,” said coach Joanna Pryor. “Kansas City is not a real strong team, they had a ton of errors.”
Sophomore outside hitter Heather Grubbs led Cowley with 16 kills, while sophomore right-side hitter Chelsey Fooshee added 14 kills in the victory. Also playing well was sophomore libero Ashley Dunavan, who led the Lady Tigers with 14 digs, and sophomore setter Tessa AraSmith, who finished with a match-high 45 assists.
Cowley finishes the regular season with a record of 21-10 overall and 7-2 in the Jayhawk East. The Lady Tigers will now prepare to host Garden City in the first round of the Region VI Tournament Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Garden City finished fifth in the Jayhawk West with a record of 4-4. Overall, the Lady Broncbusters finished the regular season with a record of 20-14.
In the team’s only head-to-head matchup this season, Cowley defeated Garden City 30-28, 31-29, 30-24 at its home quadrangular Oct. 17.
“If Garden City plays the way they did the last time we played them, we should beat them,” Pryor said. “They are an up and down team. They could either come in pumped up to play us, or they could play flat like the last time we saw them.”
If Cowley defeats Garden City Sunday, the Lady Tigers will advance to play in Hutchinson Nov. 8.
“I think the tournament is pretty open,” Pryor said. “The teams seem a lot more even this year,” Pryor said. “If we block well, I think we will have a chance to be successful.