Going on the road for their season opener, the Lady Cougar volleyball team got off to a great start by winning all three matches at Ohio County last Tuesday.
With confusion reigning at the start of the match, some miscommunication had the Lady Cougar JV squad playing against Ohio County’s freshman team. That meant the Lady Cougar freshmen would have to face Ohio County’s JV squad in the second match.
As it turned out, it made no difference to either Grayson County team. In a close first match, the JV Lady Cougars dispatched the Ohio County freshmen in straight sets, 21-17, 21-15. Grayson County’s freshmen lost the first set to the Lady Eagles’ JV 14-21, but turned things around in the second set to win in overtime, 22-20. In the 15-point tie-breaker, Grayson County came out on top 15-10.
The varsity girls also had to go to three sets to record the win. They won the first set easily, 25-16, but dropped the second set, 23-25. In the final set, the Lady Cougars raced out to a 10-point lead in the early going, only to see the Lady Eagles come back to tie the score at 16-16. But they held on down the stretch to win the final set 25-19.
The Lady Cougars trailed by as many as three points in the first set, but the Lady Cougars came back. Three straight aces served up by junior Jasmine Smart put Grayson County in the lead to stay at 15-13.
Leading 17-15, senior Miranda Boaz served a pair of aces to make it 19-15 and the Lady Eagles called a timeout to try to reorganize. Back on the floor, an Ohio hitting error and a kill by junior Briannah Wagner gave Grayson County a six-point advantage, 21-15.
With Grayson County up 22-16, junior Emma Wilder served out for the first-set win. After a Lady Eagle hitting error made it 23-16, a Wilder ace brought it to set-point before junior Julie Carroll put the game away on a big kill off an overpass.
In the second set, after trailing by as many as four points in the early going, the Lady Cougars tied the score twice, the last time coming at 15-15. A Boaz kill on an overpass gave Grayson County its first lead of the set, 17-16.
The Lady Eagles went back on top again before Smart took the serve for the Lady Cougars trailing by two points, 19-21. Kills by Boaz and Wilder and an ace by Smart put the Lady Cougars on top 22-21, but that would be their last lead of the set.
Ohio had a set-point at 24-22, but Wilder put away a kill to stave off the set loss, but on the next volley, the Lady Cougars were whistled for a double-hit on a set attempt and the Lady Eagles had tied the match at a set apiece.
In the final set, the Lady Cougars took an early, three-point lead before Wilder took the serve for the Lady Cougars. Wilder served three aces in a 7-0 run that included two kills from junior Meredith Pawley and another by Carroll and the Lady Cougars held a 10-point advantage, 13-3.
The Lady Eagles responded with a 6-0 run to pull back to within four points of the lead, 13-9. Ohio would eventually come back to knot the score twice, at 16-16 and 17-17.
A hitting error gave the ball back to Grayson County and they would hold the lead the rest of the way. Wagner took the serve with her team leading 23-19. Senior Kelsey Logsdon had a kill off an Ohio County touch to bring it to match-point before an Ohio hitting error gave Grayson County the win.
This match was a close one throughout. In the first set, neither team led by more than four points, and in the second set the two teams stayed within a point or two of one another until a late Lady Cougar rally put them in charge.
Grayson County held four-point leads twice in the early going, the last time coming at 11-7, but the Lady Eagles came back to tie things at 16-16. A kill by sophomore Katie Mullins gave the serve back to Grayson County at 17-16. A Mullins ace, an Ohio hitting error, and a kill by sophomore Olivia Lucas brought it to set point, 20-16.
A Lady Cougar hitting error gave the ball back to Ohio County, but Lucas put away another kill to give Grayson County the first-set win.
Grayson County trailed twice in the second set, 2-3, and 8-9, but two straight rocket shots by Lucas for aces gave the Lady Cougars a lead they would not give back.
Ohio closed to within a point at 15-14, but a kill by Smart gave the serve back to Grayson County. Freshman Sam Milliner served four straight points, including an ace, to bring it to match-point, 20-14.
After a serving error gave the ball back to Ohio County at 20-15, the Lady Cougars won the match when Ohio’s Cameron Combs hit a ball into the net.
Playing against the Ohio JV squad, the freshman girls fell behind in the early going, but stayed close. Trailing by three, 10-13, Grayson County gave up four straight points to trail by seven, 10-17.
Ohio County moved to set-point at 20-12, but Milliner prolonged things with a kill to give the serve to Briley Berry. The Lady Cougars earned the next point on an Ohio County error to make it 14-20, but when Rylie Hayes was whistled for a net violation, the Lady Eagles celebrated the first-set win.
Ohio County led by three points twice in the early going, the last time coming at 8-5. The Lady Cougars responded with a 4-1 run to tie the score at 9-9.
Ohio County went back up by three points again, 12-15. Grayson County tied it again at 15-15 before a serving error put the Lady Eagles back on top 16-15.
After Grayson County tied it again at 16-16, a Berry ace and an Ohio hitting error put the Lady Cougars on top 18-16. The Lady Eagles came back to tie it one last time at 20-20, but another hitting error gave the ball back to the Lady Cougars for a set-point.
Milliner served and when Ohio’s Sarah Bratcher hit a ball long, the Lady Cougars had tied the match at a set apiece.
The Lady Cougars got off to a slow start in the final, 15-point tie-breaker, trailing 1-4, but they came back to take a 5-4 lead. The two teams then stayed within a point or two of one another until the Lady Cougars put together a 4-0 run to take a 12-7 lead and they would not trail again.
Alexis Hart served at match-point and when Adriana Janes’ hitting attempt came up short, the freshman girls took the set and the match.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.