In three scintillating matches at Ohio County last Tuesday evening, the Lady Cougar volleyball teams finished the evening with two wins and a loss against the Lady Eagles.
After losing the opening set 21-25, the varsity squad came back to take the final two sets 25-14 and 25-19 to win the match 2-1. The JV squad won in straight sets 21-18, 21-10, but the freshman girls suffered a 1-2 loss, 21-23, 21-19, , 19-21.
The serving of senior Rebecca Higdon and the outstanding hitting of senior Bailey Martin and sophomore Emma Wilder were the difference in the match.
Higdon entered the game in the second set, replacing Wilder in the serving rotation. her knuckling serve gave the Lady Eagles fits all night and resulted in 16 Grayson County points in the two final sets.
Martin was on fire hitting the ball. She wound up with an unofficial 14 kills in the game, six each in the final two sets. Wilder had six kills in the match.
Grayson County led by as many as four points in the first set, but with the match tied 14-14, Ohio’s Morgan Marksbury took the serve for the Lady Eagles and served eight straight points, including a pair of aces, to take charge of the set 14-22.
The Lady Eagles had three set-points beginning at 19-24, but the Lady Cougars were able to hang in until it got to 21-24. With Miranda Boaz serving for Grayson County, Ohio’s Bria Morse came up with a kill to give her team the first-set win.
Grayson County grabbed an early lead in the second set and never gave it back as they tied the match at a set apiece. Higdon took the serve with the Lady Cougars leading by a point, 2-1, and when she finished Grayson County led 9-1. The Lady Eagles made three hitting errors in the run and were whistled for a rotation error as well.
Ohio County was able to get by the first Lady Cougar set-point when Martin put her serve into the net leading 24-13, but she redeemed herself on the ensuing Lady Eagle serve, coning up with a kill to tie the match at a set apiece.
Ohio County took an early 3-0 lead, and was still leading 3-5, when Higdon took her turn serving. A Martin kill and a Higdon ace tied things at 5-5. Martin had three more kills and a block at the net for a point as Grayson County took a 10-5 lead.
The Lady Eagles, a much improved team from the past few years, refused to fold, though, and came back to tie things at 16-16 before a service error gave the ball back to Grayson County. The Lady Cougars would not be caught the rest of the way.
Martin took the serve with Grayson County ahead 21-18 and nearly served out for the match. A Miranda Boaz kill and a Martin ace made it 23-18, and when the Lady Eagles sent a pass into the net, Grayson County had its first match-point at 24-18.
Ohio got the ball back on a Martin service error, but Boaz put away a kill on the next volley and the Lady Cougars had the win.
With their 2-0 (25-22, 25-17) win over visiting Owensboro on Thursday, the Lady Cougars now stand at 18-7 on the year.
Grayson County led for much of the first set before Ohio County battled back to take a lead. With her team trailing by a point, 5-6, Sophomore Brianna Wagner served an ace to tie things at 6-6. Kills by Meredith Pawley and Julie Carroll followed and Grayson County led by two, 8-6.
A Carroll kill, an ace by Maggie Clark and two Pawley kills highlighted a 5-0 Lady Cougar run that increased their lead to 13-8.
With Grayson County leading 14-10, the Lady Eagles reeled off six straight points to go ahead 14-16. Megan Duvall then served a pair of aces and a Lady Eagle hitting error put Grayson County back on top 18-16 and they would not trail again. With Ally Felix serving set-point at 20-18, a Lady Eagle hitting error gave the first set to Grayson County, 21-18.
The Lady Cougars never trailed in the second set after scoring the first three points. Leading 4-2, Avery Sedam served seven straight and the Lady Cougars were comfortably in the lead 11-2. Sedam served three aces during the run.
Sedam had the serve again with her team in front 19-10 and her ace brought it to match-point before an Ohio hitting error gave the Lady Cougars the win.
The young Lady Cougars trailed for much of the early going, with Ohio County holding leads of 8-11, and 12-16 before Grayson County began a comeback.
The Lady Cougars tied the game twice, 19-19 and 20-20, before an Ohio hitting error gave them a set-point at 21-20. But Ohio County took the next point on a duel at the net and it was tied again at 21-21.
A Grayson County hitting error and an Ohio County ace gave the first set to the Lady Eagles.
Grayson County again trailed in the opening of the second set, falling behind by as many as six points at 6-12 before once again making a comeback. Trailing 15-17, three straight points, including a Maggie Clark kill put the Lady Cougars in front 18-17.
The score was tied twice more before the Lady Cougars’ Alexis Hart took the serve at set-point, 20-19. When the Lady Eagles were unable to return a volley within three hits, the match was tied at a set apiece
In the final set, Grayson County took off as though they were going to run away and win easily as they scored the first six points of the set, but this time, it was the Lady Eagles who staged a comeback.
Trailing 19-14, Ohio County gained the serve and never gave it back. Two aces and a kill from Kalee Stafford, along with two Grayson County hitting errors, brought it to match-point at 19-20, before another Lady Cougar hitting error gave them the match.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016