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August 27, 2013Specht named KJCCC DII Volleyball Player of the Week
Cowley College sophomore outside hitter Barbara (B.J.) Specht opened the 2013 season with a bang as she accumulated a team-high 50 kills and 53 digs, while Cowley defeated three ranked opponents and went 4-0 at the Johnson County Tournament.
She was recently named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Division II Volleyball Player of the Week for her efforts.
Specht, an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection as a freshman, is one of the reasons the Lady Tiger volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll.
August 26, 2013
Volleyball opens season in impressive fashion
New year, same results. Demonstrating why they are ranked No. 1 in the national preseason poll, the Cowley College volleyball team knocked off three ranked teams en route to going 4-0 at the season-opening Johnson County Tournament played Friday and Saturday in Overland Park.
Things started out a little rocky in Cowley's opening match as they lost game one to No. 5-ranked Central Nebraska by a score of 26-24. However, the Lady Tigers bounced back to win the next three games by scores of 25-16, 25-17, 25-16.
"After that first game the girls realized what it was going to take to beat that team. They needed to focus and push a little harder," Cowley assistant coach Riann Mullis said. "They responded well to the loss and fixed their mistakes."
Cowley then faced tournament host Johnson County, which entered the match ranked No. 6 nationally.
After winning the first two games 25-21, 25-20, Cowley lost game three by a score of 25-22. The Lady Tigers made sure there would be no fifth game as they blasted the Lady Cavaliers 25-14 in game four.
Coming back on Saturday, Cowley made easy work of Butler Community College, beating the Lady Grizzlies 25-19, 25-12, 25-13. The Lady Tigers then cruised past No. 20 Longview (MO) Community College 25-15, 25-10, 25-13 to wrap up a 4-0 weekend.
"Jen (Bahner) and I were very happy with the way the girls played," Mullis said. "It was a good way to start the season."
Cowley got solid play from its outside hitters as B.J. Specht (50 kills, 53 digs in four matches), Shanna Witt (36 kills, 20 digs), and Tory Sharp (28 kills, 17 digs) combined for 114 kills and 90 digs.
Sophomore setter Katelynn Slade picked up where she left off last season as she finished with 161 assists in the four matches.
The Lady Tigers will prepare for their first home match of the season when they take on Labette Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Labette is 1-3 on the season.
Cowley has won 49 home matches in a row.
"We are excited about playing at home," Mullis said. "It will be neat for the freshmen to experience their first home match. We need to start strong and focus on our side of the net because we do not want to lose at home."