The No. 7-ranked Cowley College volleyball team lost in straight sets Wednesday night to No. 8-ranked Fort Scott. The Lady Greyhounds upset Cowley 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 in the conference opener for both teams at W.S. Scott Auditorium.
The Lady Tigers (3-1, 0-1 Jayhawk East) had defeated Fort Scott in 21 straight matches dating to the 1999 season.
“Fort Scott took it to us with some serves and we had some passers that have been doing well that didn’t pass near as well in this match,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “I thought our energy was really low and we played really hesitant.”
The Lady Tigers raced out to an 8-3 lead in the first set before things started to unravel. A 9-1 run by the Lady Greyhounds (9-0, 1-0) gave them a lead they did not relinquish.
Fort Scott was the team to race out to an early 8-2 lead in the second set. Cowley could not recover and never led.
Set three was close early on, with the Lady Tigers leading 10-9 before Fort Scott scored five straight points to lead 14-10. Trailing 18-12, the Lady Tigers scored four straight points to close to within two.
Fort Scott coach Lindsay Hill called timeout to regroup her squad and the Lady Greyhounds went on to score four consecutive points to pull away.
Freshman Iva Halacheva led Cowley with 13 kills, while sophomore Caroline Foster added a team-high 35 assists and 11 digs.
The Lady Tigers face four opponents today and Saturday at the Wrangler Roundup. Today’s matches are in Cisco, Texas, and Saturday’s matches are in Ranger, Texas. The Lady Tigers open play on at 1 p.m. today against Navarro Community College, ranked third in the NJCAA Division I poll.