Volleyball opens conference play with win at Fort Scott
Back to its winning ways, the No. 2-ranked Cowley College volleyball team opened play in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Eastern Division with a 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20 win at Fort Scott on Wednesday.
The win was the Lady Tigers' 31st conference victory in a row as Cowley improves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Jayhawk East.
"It was good to get that first conference win under our belt," Cowley head coach Riann Mullis said. "We played hard, now we just need to play smarter."
The loss was the first of the season for Fort Scott, which is now 4-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Playing in front of a large home crowd, the Lady Greyhounds had the match tied one game apiece before Cowley asserted itself and won the match in four games.
"I have tremendous respect for their program and knew it would not be an easy game," Mullis said. "Our girls got a taste of what this season will be like. Everyone will give us their best shot and have big crowds ready for us."
Julia Stringer led Fort Scott with 12 kills, while Kortney Blaufuss added 39 assists.
Cowley was led by a pair of freshmen outside hitters as Danielle Curnes and Aliya Higginbotham finished with 10 and nine kills, respectively.
"They stepped up and did their jobs," Mullis said.
The Lady Tigers will return to action Saturday when they play at Barton Community College at 3 p.m. The Cougars are 0-5 on the season following a four-set loss to Seward County on Wednesday.
"We just have to control our side of the net," Mullis said. "We need to start strong and end strong."