Playing some of their best volleyball in a number of years, the Lady Cougars improved to 7-2 on the year with a 2-0 victory (25-18, 25-23) over the visiting Lady Tigers of Breckinridge County.
The varsity win made it a clean sweep over the visitors as the freshman team won easily, 21-10, 21-12, and the JV team also won in straight sets, 21-10, 21-11.
The Lady Cougars led from start to finish to take the first set. Senior Shelby Watkins served an ace to start the game and Grayson County was off and running.
Watkins served the first four points, then the Lady Cougars upped their lead to 8-1 with Emma Wilder serving.
The Tigers closed to within four points of the lead at 10-6, but Meredith Pawley served four aces in a 6-0 run to push the lead to 10 points, 16-6.
Breck pulled back to within five points, 23-18, but a service error gave the ball back to Grayson County with a set-point at 24-18. With Miranda Boaz serving, a hitting error by Tigers gave the Lady Cougars the first-set win.
The second set was much closer, with each team holding leads in the early going. With the score tied at 6-6, a Boaz kill gave the Lady Cougars the serve leading 7-6. The Tigers were whistled for being in the net before a Pawley kill gave Grayson County a three-point advantage, 9-6.
Four straight Tiger points gave them a two-point edge at 11-13. They still led by two, 19-21, when Bailey Martin put away a kill to get the serve back for Katlynn Bratcher. Two Tiger errors put the Lady Cougars up 22-21, but two straight Tiger points made it 22-23.
That would be the visitors’ last lead. Boaz had a kill to get the serve back at 23-23, then put away another ball to send it to match-point, 24-23. The Tigers called a timeout, but back on the court were unable to handle a Martin serve and returned it into the net to give the Lady Cougars the win.
With Megan Duvall serving, Mallory Thomas had a kill to put the Lady Cougars up 1-0 and they never trailed the rest of the set. Duvall served the first five points for Grayson County.
Thomas and Julie Carroll both had kills in a 4-0 Cougar run that increased the lead to eight points, 12-4. A Briannah Wagner ace and a Breck hitting error later increased the lead to 10 points, 15-5.
Grayson County had its first set-point at 20-9, but Breck’s Tiffany Chaney had a block at the net to keep the Tigers alive. But on the next Breck serve, Lady Cougar libero All Felix put away a kill from the back row to give her team the first-set win.
Grayson County trailed once in the second set at 0-1. The Lady Cougars came back to grab the lead, and leading 6-3, put the game away with eight unanswered points. Wagner had an ace and Thomas and Carroll both had two kills during the run.
Carroll served a match-point at 20-8, but a bad Lady Cougar set kept the match alive for the Tigers. They responded with three more points to make it 20-11, but a hitting error on the next serve gave Grayson County the straight-set win.
Breck had the opening serve and scored the first four points of the game to take the early lead, but it was all Grayson County afterward.
Megan Duvall served five aces and Maggie Clark had two kills in a 12-0 run that put the Lady Cougars comfortably in the lead.
With the Lady Cougars leading 16-7, Katie Mullins served four straight aces to bring it to set-point, but Grayson County was whistled for a lift, giving the ball back to the Tigers.
Breck scored the next two points, but Sam Milliner had a kill on the next serve to give the young Lady Cougars the first-set win.
In the second set the two teams stayed within two or three points of one another until four straight Grayson County points put them up by four, 11-7. They later increased the lead to six points at 14-8.
Leading by just four, 15-11, Judith Darst took the serve for Grayson County and served five straight to take it to match-point, 20-11. But Darst’s next serve was long to prolong the inevitable. A Tiger hitting error on the next serve gave the win to Grayson County.
Reach Don Brown at 270-259-9622, ext. 2016.