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October 17, 2013Volleyball wins final non-conference match
Venturing out of conference to host Redlands Community College Tuesday at W.S. Scott Auditorium, the No. 1-ranked Cowley College volleyball team finished its non-conference schedule with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-16 victory.
The win was Cowley's 56th in a row at home and improves the Lady Tigers' record to 25-4 on the season. Redlands was the last team to defeat Cowley at W.S. Scott Auditorium back in the 2008 season.
"Our focus was to take out their key players and we did a good job of that by serving aggressively and attacking aggressively at the net," Cowley head coach Jenifer Bahner said.
Each game on Tuesday was eerily similar. Cowley was tied 7-7 in the first set before out-scoring Redlands 18-5. In the second set, Cowley led just 8-7 before scoring seven straight points en route to the 25-19 win.
Set three saw Cowley clinging to a 9-8 lead before scoring five straight points and never looking back in the 25-16 victory.
Sophomore outside hitter B.J. Specht led all players with 19 kills, while freshman Shanna Witt added nine kills. Jessica McDougal came up big at the net with six kills and a match-high seven blocks.
Coming off a solid tournament this past weekend in Central Nebraska, freshman Kate Madsen chipped in with six kills.
"Kate has been working hard and coming on strong for us," Bahner said.
Cowley will finish the regular season with four conference matches. The Lady Tigers are currently tied with Johnson County for first place in the Jayhawk East with a record of 6-0.
Cowley will face a stiff test tonight at No. 19-ranked Neosho County at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Panthers are 25-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference. After opening the season with a record of 6-5, Neosho County has won 19 matches in a row.
"This is a big match for us," Bahner said. "We need to go in focused and with a lot of energy to counteract their crowd."