The middle school volleyball teams traveled to Breckinridge County on Thursday and they came back with a pair of wins in the three matches played.
In the first game, the sixth-grade Lady Cougars let a 9-2 lead slip away in the first set to fall 14-16, then trailed throughout the second set before losing 11-15.
The seventh-graders led from the outset in the first set to win 21-11, then overcame an 0-5 deficit in the second set to take the match 21-12.
The eighth-graders followed similar scripts in their match, taking big early leads, only to see the Lady Tigers come back to make it close. But Grayson County did win in straight sets, 21-17, 21-17.
The youngest Lady Cougars seemed to have a decisive edge at the start of the first set, running out to an early 3-1 lead behind the serving of Maggie Clark, then extending the lead to 9-2 with Megan Duvall serving. Clark had one ace during the run, and Duvall served a pair.
But things started to go sour for Grayson County after that. They began to have trouble returning serve and letting balls drop that seemed returnable. With Breck’s Morgan Lucas serving, the Lady Tigers pulled back to within a point of the lead, 9-8.
Breck tied the score at 13-13 before a serving error gave the ball back to the Lady Cougars for a set-point. Katie Mullins served at 14-13, but put a ball into the net, tying the score again at 14-14, and giving the Lady Tigers the chance to take the set.
Breck won the next volley, then Kayleigh Hardesty served an ace on set-point to steal the first set 14-16.
Breck took an early 0-3 lead in the second set and held the advantage until a Clark ace tied the game at 11-11, before the Lady Cougars were whistled for a double hit, giving the ball back to the Lady Tigers.
Breck took the next point before Hardesty served back-to-back aces to win the match, 14-16, 11-15.
The Lady Cougars received a blow the night before this contest when the setter coach Shane Decker used for both the seventh and eighth grade teams, Emma Wilder, was injured in a gymnastics workout and was lost for the season.
The Lady Cougars led from start to finish in the first set, though the score stayed within two or three points until the Lady Cougars seized control late in the set.
After Grayson County took an early 2-0 lead, there were five straight rally points scored before the Lady Cougars won a volley to increase their lead to three points, 6-3
Breck later closed to within a point, 10-9, following a kill by Megan Sachse. A Breck hitting error gave the ball back to the Lady Cougars with an 11-9 lead. Maggie Clark took the serve and started out with three straight aces to make it 14-9 and the Lady Tigers called a timeout.
A Breck hitting error, a kill by Julie Carroll, and another Clark ace increased the lead to 17-9 before a Lady Cougar setting error ended the run.
Leading 19-11, the Lady Cougars’ Meredith Pawley served an ace to bring it to set-point before the Lady Cougars won the next volley to take the first set 21-11.
The second set was a little different. Breck scored the first five points to put the Lady Cougars in an early hole. But they started coming back almost immediately.
With Pawley serving at 3-6, the Lady Cougars got kills from Rachel Shelton and Pawley from the back row to make it 5-6. Pawley then served an ace to tie things 6-6.
Tied at 7-7, Jasmine Smart took the serve for the Lady Cougars. Four straight points, including a Shelton kill and a Smart ace, pushed the lead to 11-7 and forced the Lady Tigers to call a timeout to try to regroup. Back on the floor, the Lady Cougars got another point on a Breck hitting error to make it 12-7 before the Lady Tigers got a side-out.
Grayson County later pushed the lead to six, then seven, then eight points, 17-9. Leading 18-11, Clark took the serve and took it to match-point on a tip kill by Brianna Wagner and an ace. But Breck gained a life when they put a ball away on the next volley.
But the Lady Cougars won the ensuing volley to take the second set 21-12 and win the match 2-0.
The first set seemed to be over early when Miranda Boaz served nine straight points, including six aces to give the Lady Cougars a commanding 10-0 lead, but Breck refused to give in.
An ace by Morgan Sachse and a Lady Cougar hitting error closed the gap to seven points, 14-7. Breck later made it a six-point contest at 18-12, before four straight Lady Tiger points pulled them to within three points, 19-16.
A kill by Hannah Clemons gave the Lady Cougars a set-point at 20-16, but a serving error by Kelsey Logsdon gave Breck another life. However, the Lady Cougars won the set point on a Breck service error to eke out the 21-17 win.
Grayson County took the early lead in the second set, 4-1, then later got two aces from Mallory Thomas and a kill from Saylor Huff to increase the lead to six points, 9-3.
Two aces from Rachel Shelton pushed the lead to seven points, 12-5. Kills by Thomas and Shelton increased the lead to nine points, 18-9.
The Lady Cougars still led by nine, 19-10 before six unanswered Lady Tiger points made it a three-point game, 19-16. Thomas came up with another kill to stop the run and give the Lady Cougars a match-point.
But a service error gave the serve back to the Lady Tigers at 20-17. Once again, though the Lady Tigers committed a service error to give the win to the Lady Cougars 21-17.