FORT DODGE, Iowa — With a match at No. 2-ranked Coffeyville looming on Wednesday, the No. 4-ranked Cowley College volleyball team ran its winning streak to 26 matches in a row Friday and Saturday by going 4-0 at the Triton Invitational.
The Lady Tigers (29-2, 5-1 Jayhawk East) take on the defending NJCAA Division II National champion Lady Red Ravens (31-2, 6-0) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Coffeyville.
Cowley opened tourney play Friday with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 win against Des Moines Area before defeating No. 18-ranked North Dakota College of Science 25-22, 25-11, 25-9.
Freshman Iva Halacheva led the Lady Tigers with 19 kills against DMACC and 13 against North Dakota.
Halacheva finished with a career-high 30 kills Saturday in a come-from-behind 21-25, 22-25, 25-10, 25-12, 15-11 triumph against No. 19-ranked Kirkwood.
“Kirkwood put us on our heels a little bit before we turned our serving up and cleaned up some holes in our defense,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “This team does not like to lose.”
The Lady Tigers recorded 20 aces against Kirkwood.
Alejandra Delgado, who had 26 digs in the win, finished with 20 aces in the tourney and was named the Best Libero at the tourney.
Cowley wrapped up the tournament with a 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 25-16 victory against No. 11-ranked Iowa Central.
Halacheva added 19 more kills to finish with 81 kills in the four matches. She was named to the All-Tournament team.
Sophomore Caroline Foster registered back-to-back 50-assist matches Saturday and totaled 180 assists for the weekend and was named the Best Setter of the tournament.
The Lady Tigers now await Wednesday’s matchup with the first-place Lady Red Ravens.
“It’s a rivalry game featuring two of the top three offenses in the nation,” Gream said. “It will come down to who executes best and who has the least amount of errors.”