Lady Tigers slip in rankings but increase winning streak to 14

On Monday, September 13, the girls had the Labette County Cardinals to deal with. With their number 2 ranking on hand, they did not want to jeopardize their status against the winless Cardinals. Keeping that in mind, the Tigers were definitely not letting them leave with a “W”, especially on their own turf.
As the first set started, everything was falling into place for the Tigers. The sets on cue, the kills on target and communication way beyond perfection, everything the Tigers threw at the Cardinals could not humanly be handled.
Especially when Emily Barto and Lindsey Chandler spotted up for the overwhelming slam. With their spikes cashing in and everyone bringing their “A” game, they cruised to a 25-9 first set score.
The second set was more of the same. But with a little more defense, which the Tigers utilized with more determination to blow out the Cards. With great defense comes more offensive opportunities. Elena Berroteran and Barto both had aces with their serving that could not be handled by the Cards. The serving game helped in demoralizing  the Cards 25-7 second set score.
The third set was quite interesting. Up two games to nil, the Cardinals did not want to go down without a fight. In this set, the Tigers were not on point when it came to finishing the plays as the Cards hung in there. Acosta had something to say about that though. she put the dagger in the Cards, with aces coming in 8-5, and 10-5. This gave full momentum back to the Tigers. With the competitive third set in the books, they won with a fairly close call of 25-17.
“Our team hit at 52% efficiency, meaning 52% of the time we hit the ball, we are getting a kill. This is very high. A good efficiency is 35% so we were way above that,” said Head Coach Jenifer Baughner,
“In tonight’s match versus Labette, everyone on the Cowley Volleyball team was able to contribute in the win.”

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