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Before Volley for the Cure Night, the Lady Cougar volleyball team formed a Pink Ribbon on the floor of Cougar Gym to show their support in the fight to stop breast cancer.
Before Volley for the Cure Night, the Lady Cougar volleyball team formed a Pink Ribbon on the floor of Cougar Gym to show their support in the fight to stop breast cancer.
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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.

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