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Volleyball Comets Lose to Allen County

The Cottey College Comets travelled to Iola, Kansas, on Friday, September 28, to take on the Red Devils of Allen County Community College in a volleyball match. The home team was not a gracious host as they defeated the Comets in three games 10-25, 12-25, and 27-29.

"I am not even sure we got off the bus yet," said head coach Marla Kannady Foreman of her team's performance in the first two games. "At three percent hitting for sets one and two, it only stands to reason why we had 10 and 12 points respectively. I kept a running log of earned points, points we got from their unforced errors, and our own unforced errors. Sets one and two were ugly, with lots of negatives in a row before we could earn a point."

A seven-minute break between sets two and three, however, gave the Comets time to regroup.

"It was just what we needed to reset ourselves, and begin to do the things that we are fully capable of doing as a team," continued Foreman.

The Comets jumped out to a hard-fought 13-10 lead when the Allen County coach called a time out. The Red Devils made few unforced errors in any game, so Cottey was competing and making the other side a tad nervous. It was a back-and-forth game the rest of the way, and no one could get the win at 25 points. The Comets had their chance, though, with a 23-21 lead, but the Red Devils were able to knot the score at 24. Cottey took the lead again at 26-25, but Allen County scored the next two points to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Team leaders for Cottey were Lauren Johnson with two aces, Hannah Wilson with 10 assists, Erica Phillips with six kills and five blocks, and Kymee Bair with 11 digs.

The loss dropped the Comets to 6-6 on the season. Next up are two home matches as part of the Family Weekend events at Cottey. On Friday, October 5, the Comets will challenge Baptist Bible College in a 6:30 match. On Saturday, October 6, Cottey will face four-year school Stephens College at 2 p.m. Both matches take place inside the friendly confines of Hinkhouse Center Gymnasium.