The Lady Cougar varsity volleyball team had to come from behind in the second set to take their match against visiting Breckinridge County 2-0 (25-16, 25-22) Thursday night at Cougar Gym.
In the early games, the Cougar freshman squad suffered its first loss of the season in straight sets, 14-21, 14-21. In the JV match, the Lady Cougars won the first set, but dropped the next two to lose 21-17, 12-21, 18-21.
The Lady Tigers went in front in the early going, leading by as many as three points at 4-7, but the Lady Cougars battled back and tied the score several times.
With the score tied for the final time at 13-13, junior Katlynn Bratcher took the serve for the Lady Cougars and put them in front to stay. Three Breck hitting errors and a Bratcher ace gave Grayson County a 17-13 lead.
Grayson County still led by four points, 18-14 when Ciarra Meredith took the serve. Junior Bailey Martin had two kills, and Meredith served a pair of aces in a 6-0 run that took it to set point at 25-14 before Tonia Tivitt stopped the run with a kill.
The Lady Tigers scored one more point before a hitting error by Brook Saettel gave the set to Grayson County.
Breck took control of the second set early on, and built the lead to as many as seven points at 8-15. But Grayson County began battling back at that point. A Shelbi Arnold kill, a nice combination block by Arnold and Arianna Filippone and a Bratcher ace highlighted a 5-0 Lady Cougar run that brought them to within two points of the lead, 13-15.
Grayson County still trailed by three, 16-19 when Miranda Boaz took the serve. Four straight points, including two Boaz aces, gave the Lady Cougars their first lead since it was 1-0.
Three straight Breck points put them back on top 20-22, but a serving error gave the ball back to the Lady Cougars and Bailey Martin served out for the match.
The Lady Cougars looked like they were going to run away with the first set as they pulled out to a quick six-point advantage at 12-6. With Mallory Thomas serving, the Lady Cougars had moved to set-point at 20-11 when the tide began to turn.
A service error gave the ball back to the Lady Tigers and Amanda Rice nearly served her team back into contention. She had a pair of aces in a 7-0 run that brought the score to 21-17 before Emma Wilder ended things with a kill to give the first set to Grayson County.
The Lady Tigers kept that momentum into the second set, leading for most of the set by as many as four points. At 12-16, Leslie Shrewsberry took the serve for Breck and closed it out to even things at a set apiece. Saettel had a kill at set-point to put it away.
The Lady Tigers led by as many as seven points, 7-14, in the third set before the Lady Cougars staged a comeback. Five straight points gave Grayson County a lead, 16-15. They still led 18-17 when a bad set gave the serve back to the Lady Tigers and Shrewsberry served out for the win. An ace by Shrewsberry, a Cougar hitting error and a Shrewsberry kill closed things out.
The freshman girls did not look like the same team that had won all their matches to this point. Six service errors combined with mis-communication on defense throughout the match to doom them.
Still, the Lady Cougars led by four points, 12-8 before things went south. Seven straight Lady Tiger points put them on top 12-15. Grayson County pulled back to within a point, 14-15 before the Lady Tigers closed things out with six unanswered points to take the first set.
The Lady Cougars took an early 8-4 lead in the second set, but six straight Breck points put them into the lead to stay. Leading 14-19, Baylie Whitfill served a pair of aces to give her team the straight-set win.