EL DORADO — The No. 6-ranked Cowley College women’s volleyball team suffered a 25-21, 25-16, 25-22 sweep at the hands of NJCAA Division I Butler in a nonconference match Friday to end the regular season.

The Lady Tigers (31-5) open play in the NJCAA Division II Plains Tournament at 1 p.m. this Saturday against Johnson County (24-9) at Coffeyville. Defending National champion Coffeyville (37-2) plays host to Kansas City (18-13) at 11 a.m. in the other semifinal, with the two winners meeting one hour following the semifinals.

Cowley led early in each set Friday, but was unable to pull out a win against the Lady Grizzlies (18-11), who played inspired volleyball in their final home match.

“Butler was fired up to play,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “They kind of got us on our heels and we could not answer back. Even though the result was not what we wanted, this match will help prepare us for the District tournament.”

Sophomore Elina Zlateva led the Lady Tigers with 12 kills, while Alejandra Delgado added 10 digs.

Amalie Rupertova led Butler with 10 kills and nine digs.

The Lady Tigers now set their sights on the district tourney.

“Every time we face Johnson County, we know it will be a hard-fought match,” Gream said. “We need to play the way we have all year and see what happens.”

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