SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — The No. 2-ranked Cowley College volleyball team remained unbeaten Saturday with two dominant sweeps at the John Brown tri-match.
The Lady Tigers (25-0) are 75-1 in sets this season, having defeated Cisco 3-1 on Sept. 25 at the Tiger Invitational.
Cowley opened Saturday’s tri-match with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-13 victory against the John Brown junior varsity and followed with a 25-13, 25-10, 25-17 sweep of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
“In both matches, we put a lot of pressure on them with our strong serve and balanced attack with all of our hitters,” Cowley coach Steven Gream said. “You could tell, defensively, that we had not played in a week, but the longer we went the cleaner it got and our offense did the rest.”
The Lady Tigers hit .425 against John Brown, with 36 kills, 12 service aces, seven blocks and 40 digs.
The outsides led the way, with Laci Beougher recording 14 kills and a .583 hitting percentage, followed by Iva Halacheva with 12 kills and a .647 percentage. Rachele Tessari and Rossana Papa led the team with three aces and Papa recorded her fourth double-double on the season with 31 assists and 10 digs.
Cowley outhit the Lady Norse .475 to .148, including .593 in set one. The Lady Tigers also led in kills (51-21), assists (49-21), aces (10-0) and digs (54-43).
Halacheva and Beougher registered 13 kills each, followed by Tessari and Gyongyver Araczki with eight and Landry Cate with five. Cate led with four aces and Papa recorded her fifth double-double and second on the day with 40 assists and 10 digs.
“Rossana did a fantastic job distributing the ball and allowed us to get a ton of open looks from all of our hitters,” Gream said. “Laci had a fantastic weekend, along with Iva, but our other hitters also hit well to allow our offense to flow freely. All of our players contributed to the wins, including Maddy (Pitts), who played her first match of the season and got her first kill of 2021. We started slow, but I was proud of how we cleaned it up the longer we played.”
The Lady Tigers (7-0 Jayhawk East) play at 6:30 p.m. today at Labette (6-16, 0-7). Visiting fans are not permitted, but livestream will be provided on the KJCCC Network.