Grayson County’s volleyball team moved to a perfect 3-0 in district play with two wins against district opponents last week.
On Tuesday, the Lady Cougars traveled to Morgantown to take on the Butler County Lady Bears and came away with a straight-set win, 25-13, 25-13, 25-6. The JV girls also won in straight sets, 25-4, 25-8.
Thursday evening Grayson County hosted the Whitesville Trinity Lady Raiders, the district champs the past four seasons, and defeated them in straight sets, 25-19, 25-10, 25-19. The JV team also won in three sets, 21-11, 19-21, 21-17.
BUTLER COUNTY MATCH
The Lady Bears have been the doormats of the 12th District for a number of years, but played much better against the Lady Cougars, especially in the first set, when they grabbed an early two-point lead, 6-8.
But four straight Grayson County points, including a Miranda Boaz kill and a Bailey Martin ace gave them a 10-8 lead, and they would not trail again.
Two Boaz aces and a Lady Bear error increased the lead to 15-10, before two Martin kills pushed the lead to eight points, 19-11. Katlynn Bratcher took the serve at set-point, 24-13, and served an ace to give the opening set to the Lady Cougars.
Grayson County trailed just once in the second set, 0-1. The Lady Bears tied it at 4-4, but it was all Grayson County the rest of the set. Sophomore Emma Wilder had three aces in a 4-0 Lady Cougar run that made it 8-4
Butler County closed back to within two points at 8-6, but they would never be closer. Bratcher took the serve with the Lady Cougars leading 22-13. Kills by Meredith Pawley and Boaz moved it to set-point, 24-13, and Bratcher closed out the set with an ace to give the Lady Cougars a 2-0 advantage
It was all Grayson County in the third and deciding set. With Martin serving at 10-4, kills by Boaz and Pawley were sandwiched between two Martin aces to give Grayson County a commanding, 10-point lead, 14-4.
Haley Tucker took the serve with her team leading 15-5 and nearly served out for the win. Wilder had had three kills and Tucker served two aces in a 7-0 run that moved it to natch-point at 24-6, but Tucker’s next serve was in the net, giving the ball back to the Lady Bears. But on the next serve, Wilder put away a kill to give Grayson County the straight-set win.
The first set was a Grayson County blowout from the start as the Lady Cougars scored the first 15 points. Sophomore Megan Duvall served five aces, and Kelsey Logsdon, Mallory Thomas and Hannah Clemons all had kills during the run.
With her team leading 19-2, Ally Felix served an ace to take things to set-point, but the Lady Cougars were whistled for being in the net and the ball went back to the Lady Bears.
Butler County won the next two points, but a service error gave the Lady Cougars the first-set win.
The second set was close in the early going. The Lady Bears pulled to within a point of the lead at 6-5, but Grayson County pulled away at that point. Five straight points pushed the lead to six points at 11-5. Four more straight points made it 15-6.
Leading by 10 points, 18-8, Duvall took the serve. A Butler County error made it 19-8, and a Duvall ace took it to match-point, when another Butler County error gave the JV girls the 2-0 win.
WHITESVILLE TRINITY MATCH
Things did not look promising for Grayson County when, thanks to the Lady Cougars tendency to shoot themselves in the foot, Trinity went in front by four points, 9-13.
But the Lady Cougars finally got their game in order and began a comeback. A Martin kill gave them a 16-15 lead, their first since it was 5-4. Trinity went back on top at 16-17, but that would be their final lead of the set.
Grayson County led by a point, 20-19 when a Trinity hitting error gave the serve to Boaz. A Wilder kill and two Boaz aces took it to set-point at 24-19, and another Wilder kill finished Trinity off at 25-19.
The Lady Cougars scored the first four points of the second set and never trailed. The Lady Cougars stretched their lead to first five then to six points. Leading by seven, 11-4, three straight points, including two Pawley aces, pushed the lead to 10 points, 14-4, then later to 12, 21-9.
Still leading by 12, 22-10, Bratcher served out for the win. Pawley’s kill moved it to set-point, 24-10, before a Trinity hitting error gave Grayson County the second-set win.
In the final set, neither team led by more than two points before four straight Grayson County points put them up 14-11. A Boaz kill and and a Trinity error increased the Grayson County lead to four points, 19-15.
Another Pawley kill gave the Lady Cougars a match-point at 24-18, but Trinity’s Erica Russellburg scored a kill on a Grayson County overpass to prolong the set. Martin then ended the match with a kill on the next serve to give the Lady Cougars the win.
With the win, Grayson County has now won eight straight and stand at 10-2 as they begin play in this weekend’s Hilliard Lyons Fall Classic, which will be played at Elizabethtown High School.
It was all Lady Cougars in the first set as they raced out to leads of 7-2, 10-3, and 13-4. With Trinity serving at 19-11, two straight Lady Raider hitting errors gave Grayson County the first-set win.
In the second set Grayson County led by as many as five points, 17-12, before the Lady Raiders took control. Six straight points gave the visitors a two-point lead at 17-19 and they would not trail again. At set-point, a spectacular save at the back by Trinity kept the ball alive, and the Lady Cougars could not return the ball inside three hits and Trinity tied the match at a set apiece.
In the final set, the Lady Cougars scored the first four points, but then gave up five straight to trail 4-5. The two teams stayed within a point or two of one another until the Lady Raiders scored four straight to lead 10-14.
The Lady Cougars still trailed by three points, 13-16, when kills by Logsdon and Pawley, and an ace by Julie Carroll tied the score at 16-16. A Trinity passing error and another Logsdon kill made it 18-16 before Trinity got the serve back.
But a Lady Raider service error gave the ball back to Grayson County at 19-17, and two straight Trinity errors gave the Lady Cougars the split-set win.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016