On their annual Volley for the Cure Night at Cougar Gym, the Lady Cougar volleyball teams recorded a clean sweep of the visiting Hancock County Lady Hornets.
In two sets, the varsity girls beat the visitors 2-0 (25-17, 25-20). The JV girls won in split sets 2-1 (21-19, 20-22, 21-10), while the freshman girls dug themselves out of a huge hole to also win in three very close sets, 20-22, 21-18, 21-19.
Both teams wore pink in recognition of the fight against breast cancer, and the Lady Cougars raised money for the cause with a silent auction and bake sale.
The two teams traded the lead in the early going and were tied seven times before a modest 3-0 run put the Lady Cougars in front to stay at 13-11.
Grayson County extended its lead to 16-12 with three more points, then kills by Bailey Martin and Miranda Boaz pushed it to a six-point advantage, 19-13.
A Martin ace brought it to set-point at 24-16, but a service error gave the ball back to the Lady Hornets. But on the next volley, junior Shelbi Arnold won a joust at the net for the winning points.
In the second set, the Lady Cougars fell behind 1-4, but four straight points gave them their first lead, 5-4. The two teams then were tied ten times before Arnold pushed a ball into an empty space giving the Lady Cougars a 22-20 lead and giving the serve to Ciarra Meredith.
Martin scored a pair of kills to give the Lady Cougars match-point at 24-20, and when the Lady Hornets let a set ball fall to the floor untouched, Grayson County celebrated their win.
Three aces from Rebecca Higdon and a Hancock hitting error gave the Lady Cougars an early 7-3 lead, but Hancock responded with six straight points to take a 7-9 lead.
The Lady Cougars came back with five straight to retake the lead, 12-9. The two teams were tied four times afterward before the Lady Cougars took the lead for good, 18-16, with five straight points, including kills by Kateline Metcalfe and Bethany Harting and an ace from Maddie Mattingly.
A Hancock service error gave the Lady Cougars set-point at 20-19, and Arianna Filippone gave them the win with a kill.
In the second set, after the Lady Hornets took an early 3-7 lead, the Lady Cougars came back to knot things at 9-9.
The two teams stayed within a point or two of one another before Hancock reeled off four straight to gain their first set-point at 16-20. But Grayson County responded with four straight to tie it again at 20-20.
A Lady Cougar service error gave the ball back to Hancock to serve another set-point, and Riki Wilson put a ball away to give her team the second-set win.
After the two teams see-sawed back and forth in the early going of the third set, the Lady Cougars took control with a 5-0 run that put them on top to stay at 9-5. Boaz had a pair of aces during that run.
The Lady Cougars followed that up with a 7-0 run that gave them a 10-point edge, 16-6. Metcalfe had two kills in that run and Mattingly added an ace.
At match-point, 20-10, Higdon served an ace to give her JV squad the threestraight-set win.
The first set looked to be a runaway for the visitors as Hancock’s Ally Delaney served seven aces in a run that gave her team a 0-12 lead.
But the Lady Cougars were able to pull themselves back together to get back in the contest. They reeled off nine straight points at one point to take a 16-15 lead. That run included five aces from Meredith Pawley.
Grayson County had the chance for the huge, comeback win as they served a set-point at 20-19, but a service error gave the ball back to the Lady Hornets.
A Grayson communication error allowed Hancock to score the next point, and on set-point, Delaney served another ace to give her team the win.
Five aces from Hancock’s Jasmine James gave the Lady Hornets a five-point edge, 7-12, but the Lady Cougars fought back. An ace by Ally Felix tied the score at 14-14. A Hancock hitting error and another Felix ace gave Grayson County the lead for good at 16-14.
The Lady Cougars served a set-point at 20-16, but a kill by Ashton Howton extended the set. A lift call on Grayson County made it 20-18, but a Hancock hitting error tied things at a set apiece.
The third set looked as if it would be a Grayson County runaway as they grabbed early leads of 6-1 and 10-2, but the Lady Hornets were not done.
They pulled back to within four points, 12-8, before another Lady Cougar run pushed the lead back up to eight points, 16-8. A 7-1 Hancock run then pulled them to within two points, 17-15, but they would get no closer.
Grayson County served match-point at 20-17, but a mistake cost them the serve. A kill by Riki Wilson made it 20-19 and forced the Lady Cougars to call a timeout. But the Lady Hornets put the next serve into the net to give Grayson County the win.