Playing on the road Tuesday at Breckinridge County, the Lady Cougar volleyball team ran into a buzz-saw as the inspired Lady Tigers beat them in straight sets, 14-25, 21-25.
In the earlier games, Grayson County came out on top both times. The freshman girls won in straight sets 21-15, 21-15, while the JV girls won in three sets, 21-17, 20-22, 21-17.
Grayson County had won an earlier match last month against Breck in straight sets, 25-18, 25-22. But this time, the hitting and blocking of senior Tonya Tivitt and junior Gracie Rothrock proved to be too much for Grayson County to contend with.
The Lady Cougars led just once in the first set at 3-2. They trailed by just two points, 11-13, when the Lady Tigers took control for good. Eight straight points, including two Mason Bennett aces and two Tivitt kills put them up by 10 points, 11-21.
A Grayson County hitting error on set-point gave the Lady Tigers an easy first-set win, 14-25.
The Lady Tigers took an early 1-6 advantage and never trailed the rest of the way. Grayson County pulled to within a point of the lead at 6-7, but that would be as close as they got. Leading 11-13, the Lady Tigers reeled off five straight, including a Tivitt block, to lead 11-18.
Grayson County trailed by eight points, 13-21, when they put together a run that seemed to get them back in it. Bailey Martin had two kills in a 5-0 run that brought the Lady Cougars to within three at 18-21.
A Rothrock kill gave Breck its first match-point at 20-24, but Emma Wilder came up with a well-placed dink to stave off elimination. But when Rothrock tallied another kill, the Lady Tigers took the match.
Breck led by as many as four points in the early going, 7-11, but Grayson County kept battling back to make it close the rest of the way.
With the set tied at 17-17, a Mallory Thomas block gave the ball back to the Lady Cougars and Avery Sedam served out for the win.
Grayson County led by as many as 11 points in the second set, only to see the Lady Tigers make a big comeback. Grayson County still led by eight points, 17-9, when Breck reeled off seven straight to pull to within a point, 17-16, then later took their first lead at 18-19.
Thomas cane up with a kill to stave off a set-point at 18-20, then scored another kill to tie it at 20-20. Tiffany Chaney then took it to set-point again with a Breck kill before Brittany Carwile put the set away with an ace.
The Lady Cougars trailed just once in the final set, 4-5, before a 12-4 run gave them a seven-point advantage, 16-9 Breck would pull back to within a point at 17-16, but would be no closer
An ace by Briannah Wagner took it to match-point, 20-16, but then served long to give Breck the ball. But on the next volley, a Breck error gave Grayson County the win.
The Lady Cougars never trailed in the first set after scoring the first four points. Breck tied the set once at 6-6 before the Lady Cougars pulled away again.
Grayson led by three, 18-15, before Katie Mullins served out for the win. A Mullins ace was followed by two Breck errors to give the Lady Cougars the first-set win, 21-15.
The Lady Tigers led by as many as four points in the second set, 10-14. Grayson still trailed by two, 13-15, when Maggie Clark took the serve and served out to win the match. Clark served four aces, including three in a row to bring it to match-point, 20-15.
When Breck was unable to return the ball within three tries, the Lady Cougars had the straight-set win.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.