Volleyball Wins Two, Loses One
The Cottey College Comets volleyball team split a pair of matches over the last couple of days. On Friday, Cottey traveled to Labette Community College and defeated the home team in four games 25-19, 23-25, 25-13, and 26-24. On Monday, the Comets traveled to Springfield where they easily defeated Baptist Bible College in three games 25-23, 25-10, and 25-19. Last night the Comets finally returned home, but lost to Northeast Oklahoma 26-24, 16-25, 22-25, and 21-25.
It was a tight match against the Lady Cardinals from Labette, particularly in games two and four. In the final game, the Comets made a tremendous comeback. Trailing 18-23 late in the game, Cottey went on an 8-1 run to grab the win in the game and match.
Team leaders for Cottey in against Labette were Alexis Self with 26 assists, Erica Phillips with 13 kills and five blocks, and Morgan Wheatley with 25 digs.
Three days later the Comets were back on the bus for another road match. This time it was against the Lady Patriots of Baptist Bible College. BBC has only six players on their squad, but they are a hard-playing, tenacious bunch of women. The Lady Patriots kept it close the first game, but the Comets depth, not to mention their 30 percent hitting average in game two, gave the Comets a quick three-game sweep.
Team leaders against BBC were Lauren Johnson with five aces, Self with 15 assists, Wheatley with 11 digs, and Kasey Hall with four blocks. Hall and Phillips tied for team lead in kills with seven each.
Coming home for senior night after two wins looked as though it might be a recipe for a third consecutive victory, but NEO, which swept Cottey easily in Oklahoma, is one tough opponent. Cottey showed great improvement over the match a month earlier, but the final result was still a loss.
"We played 10, 12, and 16 points against them when we played them at their house," said head coach Marla Kannady Foreman, "so it was nice for my players to really be competitive with this team, especially as close as we are to the District/Regional tournament. The District/Regional tournament is up for grabs this year, because there are several teams equal, and no stand out team that could dominate any particular match."
Team leaders against NEO were Johnson with three aces, Self with 21 assists, Skyler Ford with 10 kills, Hall with five blocks, and Kymee Bair with 12 digs.
With the two wins and one loss, the Comets' record now stands at 9-8 on the season. The final home match of the season will be on Friday, October 19, against powerhouse Longview Community College. The first serve will be at 6:30 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Hinkhouse Gymnasium.