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August 30, 2013Playing in front of a raucous home crowd, the No. 1-ranked Cowley College volleyball team made it 50 home wins in a row with a 25-9, 25-13, 25-16 victory over Labette Community College Wednesday inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.
Cowley is now 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. The loss for Labette drops the Lady Cardinals' record to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Lady Tiger head coach Jenifer Bahner has yet to suffer a home defeat in her five years at the school. She was impressed with the tremendous crowd support in the team's first home match of the season.
"It made for an exciting and fun atmosphere," Bahner said. "We want to keep drawing people to the games because it definitely makes a difference. From day one we have had the motto of defending our home court and this gives the girls extra motivation to keep the winning streak alive."
On Wednesday, Cowley set the tone early as they raced out to a 15-4 lead in game one and never looked back as they won the opener 25-9. The Lady Tigers would score the first four points and last four points in a 25-13 win of game two.
Cowley continued to pour it on in game three. After watching Labette rattle off six points in a row to cut an 18-6 lead to 18-12, the Lady Tigers regained focus and finished off the match with a 25-16 victory.
Reigning Jayhawk East Player of the Week B.J. Specht continued her strong play as she finished with 10 kills and 13 digs. Fellow sophomores Jessica McDougald (nine kills), McKenzie Hartzog (14 digs), and Katelynn Slade (30 assists) also played well.
Freshmen Lana Da Silva (six kills, 11 assists), Shanna Witt (six kills), Kate Madsen (four kills), Shaeli Munroe (four kills), and Rheid Tridle (four kills) had impressive home debuts.
The Lady Tigers will return to action tonight when they play at Seminole State College in Seminole, OK at 6 p.m. Seminole is 3-2 on the season. The two teams will meet again in Arkansas City on Sept. 16.
"Seminole will challenge us a little more offensively, so I hope we can carry this momentum into the match," Bahner said. "It will be good to see how we match up against them."