It was a tough day for the Grayson County volleyball teams last Tuesday in Cougar Gym as the visiting Meade County Lady Waves swept all three matches in straight sets.
In the best three-of-five varsity match, the Lady Cougars stayed close, but fell 21-25, 19-25, 23-25 to fall to 7-16 on the year.
The JV girls fell 21-25, 18-25, while the freshman girls were over-matched, 11-17, 10-17.
The first set was close from the start. The Lady Waves managed to extend their lead to four points at 9-13. The two teams then exchanged 11 straight rally points before the visitors took control.
Still leading by four points, the Lady Waves scored on three straight volleys to increase the lead to seven, 15-22.
An ace by Meade’s Rachel Crebessa gave the visitors a set-point at 16-24, but the Lady Cougars fought back. They staved off five straight set points before a Meade kill attempt went off the block of Bailey Martin to give the Lady Waves the first set.
The Lady Waves built an eight-point advantage in the second set, 4-12, only to see the Lady Cougars pull back to within three points at 17-20. But they would get no closer. On set-point at 19-24, Billie Wieck served an ace to give the Lady Waves a two-set lead.
The two teams stayed within a point of one another in the early going of the third set, but leading 10-11, the Lady Waves scored five straight to lead by six, 10-16.
Grayson County kept battling, and when senior Jessie Slaton served an ace, the Lady Cougars had tied the set at 22-22.
Unfortunately, that would be the last gasp for the Lady Cougars. Meade County took it to match-point at 22-24, but a hitting error gave the ball back to the Lady Cougars at 23-24.
But with Kelsey Embry serving trying to extend the match, Meade’s Brittany Roberts put away a kill to give her team the straight-sets win.
The Lady Waves scored the first three points of the first set and never trailed afterward.
The Lady Cougars were able to pull to within two points, 8-10, but Meade scored four straight to go up by six, 8-14.
Later, five straight Meade County points increased the lead to 10, points, 9-19. On set point at 10-20, Meade’s Kasey Mielke served an ace to take the first set.
Meade started fast again in the second set, scoring the first three points, then quickly extended their lead to seven points at 2-9.
Five straight Lady Cougar points, including a kill by Sara Jenkins and two aces by Miranda Boaz, tied the score at 16 apiece. But three straight Lady Wave points gave them back the advantage.
Grayson County later staved off four straight match-points to tie things once again at 20-20, but a Mielke kill and an ace from Mary Kate Powers ended the match in overtime at 20-22.
The Cougar freshmen have been one of the few bright spots this year for the Grayson County volleyball program, but they were over-matched by the Lady Waves.
Six unanswered points, including three aces by Sierra Watkins gave the visitors a six-point lead, 1-7.
Grayson County reeled off four straight points to tie things at 11-11, but they would get no closer. Taking the serve leading by one, 11-12, the Lady Waves scored four straight to win the set.
The Lady Cougars were never closer to the lead than two points in the second set. Four straight Meade points, including two aces by Emily King, pushed the lead to seven at 8-15. Then serving at match-point, Angelica Miller put away a kill off the Cougar block to give them the two-set win.