KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The No. 11-ranked Cowley College volleyball team ran its winning streak to 12 in a row by going 4-0 at the weekend Kansas City Tournament.
The Lady Tigers (15-2) did not drop a set at the tourney.
Cowley opened play Friday with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of Metropolitan and followed by sweeping Northeast 25-15, 25-15, 25-10.
Iva Halacheva led the Lady Tigers with 16 kills against Metropolitan, while Caroline Foster had 39 assists and 10 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.
“We used a balanced attack, combined with a strong serve and defense forcing MCC to hit .083 for the match,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “Caroline Foster did a great job distributing the offense to create holes in their defense and our hitters put the ball away.”
Sophomore Elina Zlateva led the way with 16 kills and a .538 hitting percentage against Northeast. Zlateva added 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
Halacheva hit a season-high .722 with 13 kills, and Kadie Smith added 10 kills.
Cowley had a season-high .430 hitting percentage.
“This was one of our better matches on the year in that we balanced the attack, played lock-down defense at the net and in the back row, served aggressive and limited unforced errors,” Gream said. “Northeast is an excellent team -- we just had our complete game going in the match.”
The Lady Tigers returned to the court on Saturday and defeated No. 18-ranked Lincoln Land 25-22, 25-22, 25-19, and ended with a 25-12, 25-17, 25-17 triumph against Des Moines.
Halacheva led with 14 kills and Kadie Smith added 10 in leading Cowley with a .444 hitting percentage.
Foster had 37 assists and 10 digs for her 12th double-double and freshman Juju Eaton, an Arkansas City High product, led with 13 digs.
“We struggled in the match compared to our previous day, but we dug deep and pulled out the wins in limiting long rallies by Lincoln Land and continuing to balance our attack and serving aggressive,” Gream said.
“Lincoln Land made us work and I am proud of our players for finding a way to right the ship and pull out the win.”
Halacheva and Zlateva had nine kills apiece against Des Moines.
“Again, we struggled at key times, but managed to pull out the win by balancing the attack and using our serve and defense to get stops on their offense,” Gream said. “That pressure caused problems for them allowing our team to pull away for the three-set win.”
The Lady Tigers are host to the Cowley Invitational this weekend.
Cowley plays Metropolitan at 4 p.m. and Central Nebraska at 6 p.m. Friday before facing Barton at noon and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at 4 p.m. Saturday.