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October 18, 2013Volleyball ends Neosho County's 19-match win streak
With Neosho County having won 19 matches in a row entering Wednesday night's contest in Chanute, the No. 1-ranked Cowley College volleyball team knew they would be in for a battle. The Lady Tigers proved they were up for the challenge as they defeated the Lady Panthers 25-13, 25-23, 25-23 to remain unbeaten in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.
Cowley is now 26-4 on the season and 7-0 in the conference, while Neosho County falls to 25-6 overall and 5-2 in the Jayhawk East.
Neosho County had a loud, energized crowd hoping to cheer the Lady Panthers to the upset.
"They have got a great team and a great fan base. That was the loudest gym we have played in this year," Cowley head coach Jenifer Bahner said. "I am proud of our girls for staying focused and working together."
Sophomore setter Katelynn Slade was calm under pressure and finished with 42 assists.
"Katelynn did a good job of keeping the team and offense together," Bahner said.
Sophomore outside hitters B.J. Specht and Jessica McDougald were the main beneficiaries of Slade's assists as they led the Lady Tigers with 17 and 12 kills, respectively.
Freshmen Kate Madsen and Lana Da Silva also played well and added four kills a piece with no hitting errors.
The Lady Tigers remain tied with Johnson County for first place in the Jayhawk East. Cowley will have some time off before playing its final road contest of the season when they travel to take on Kansas City Community College Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Blue Devils (16-9) are currently tied for third place in the Jayhawk East with Neosho County.
"It should be similar to the Neosho County match where they will be excited to play us on their home court," Bahner said. "We need to keep our errors down and our energy up in that match."