The freshman and JV volleyball teams both earned victories in their season-opening matches at home last Tuesday against the visiting Ohio County Lady Eagles.
The freshman girls showed a lot of promise for the future as they easily handled the Lady Eagles in straight sets, 21-14, 21-5. The JV girls took three sets to down the visitors, 21-9, 18-21, 22-20.
Grayson County led by a point, 3-2, when an Ohio County service error gave the ball to Grayson County. Katie Mullins took the serve and five straight points later the Lady Cougars held a 9-2 lead. Mullins served an ace in the run and Maggie Clark had a kill.
Clark later had a pair of aces in another 5-0 Grayson County run that put them in front by 12 points, 15-3. The Lady Eagles were able to close back to within five points at 18-13, but when the visitors were called for being in the net on set-point, the Lady Cougars took the first set 21-14.
The second set was all Grayson County from the start. The Lady Cougars scored the first nine points, including five aces by Laura Higdon, to take a commanding lead.
With her team leading 19-5, Olivia Lucas served an ace to bring it to match-point, then served another ace down the line to give the young Lady Cougars their first win of the year.
Like the varsity would do later in the match, the JV girls won the first set easily, then found themselves caught up in a desperate battle for the win. Grayson County took an early 7-1 lead, then stretched it to 10-2, then 13-3.
Grayson County held 11-point leads three times toward the end of the set before a kill by Shelby Pierce at set-point made the final margin 12 points.
The second set stayed close until the Lady Cougars ran off four straight to lead by five, 13-8. Later, three straight Lady Eagle points put them in front by two, 18-16. A kill by Ohio’s Casi Fairchild brought it to set-point, 20-17, but a service error gave the ball back to Grayson County
But when Julie Carroll’s serve was in the net, the Lady Eagles had tied the match at a set apiece.
In the deciding set, the Lady Eagles scored the first three points, but Grayson County came back to grab a 5-4 lead. The game then went into a back-and-forth affair, with neither team leading by more than three points the rest of the set.
A Carroll kill gave the Lady Cougars their first match-point at 20-17, but Brianna Wagner was whistled for being on the line on her next serve and the ball went back to Ohio.
Kalee Stafford followed with a kill to make it 20-19 and Grayson County called a timeout. Back on the court, Carroll seemed to have made a clean block for the deciding point, but she was called for being in the net and the game was tied, 20-20.
A service error gave the Lady Cougars a 21-20 lead, and when Ohio committed another hitting error, the match went to Grayson County.