Lady Tigers pull even with sweep

Photo courtesy ANDREW DARBY/COWLEY COLLEGE

Cowley College sophomore middle hitter Keely Solida hammers a kill Thursday night over the defense of Labette’s Ryen Willhite in W.S. Scott Auditorium. The Lady Tigers pulled their record even at .500 with sweeps against the Lady Cardinals and the Southwestern College JV.

The Cowley College volleyball team swept a pair of home matches Thursday in W.S. Scott Auditorium.

The Lady Tigers defeated Labette 25-21, 25-19, 25-18 before sweeping the Southwestern College junior varsity 25-20, 25-15, 25-12.

Trailing 13-4 in the opening set against Labette, the Lady Tigers (5-5, 3-5 Jayhawk East) rallied for the win.

“We dug ourselves a hole early on, but played much cleaner after that first set,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “It was good to see we are learning how to bounce back and go one play at a time and not worry about the scoreboard.”

Sophomore Iva Halacheva led the Lady Tigers with 14 kills, while freshman Macy Shreffler added 12 kills with zero hitting errors against the Lady Cardinals (1-6, 1-6).

After another slow start against the Southwestern JV, the Lady Tigers picked up their play and cruised to the straight-set win.

“We spread the ball around more and had the balanced attack we are looking to have,” Gream said.

Halacheva again led Cowley with 11 kills and freshman Maddy Pitts added five kills.

The Lady Tigers play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at No. 7-ranked Johnson County (5-1, 4-1 Jayhawk East).

“Johnson County is well-coached and will present a good challenge,” Gream said. “We feel we can play with them and have a chance to win if we limit our unforced errors and play the way we are capable of.”

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