On Tuesday, the Lady Cougars traveled west to Lyndon Academy where they took on the Terriers.
Set one began with the Cougars ready and amped to play. The teams spent most of this set trading serves back and forth, keeping the game within one point. Grace Williams had a couple continuous serves, as did Julia Baumohl and Bethany Lingle. The ladies used their communication and quick footwork to effectively cover the court. The Terriers consistently hit down balls from their backcourt and outside hitter position. The Cougars held on defensively but the Terriers finally took it, 21-25.
Set two started with strong serving from Grace. Co-captain Alecta Feely showed off her passing skills with strong serve receive as well as tough digging in the left back position. She wasn’t alone, Bethany, and Emily Daugherty all showed their tenacity in keeping the hits from making contact with the court. The team showed impressive defense from the hits that continued to come from the Terriers. Erin McNeal came off the bench with some gritty passing and digging for the courageous Cougars. Setters Grace and Brandy Michelle Finnell played smart shots on the net, placing them on open Lyndon court space. The Terriers fought ahead to win this one, 17-25.
The Cougars were ready and raring to take the lead after being so close in set one and two. Grace started off the game with 4 straight serves to the deep backcourt, unsettling the Terriers. Brandy Michelle and co-captain Esther Buckingham worked together to keep the volley alive. Shakirah Wazeerud-Din, Emily, and Erin came off the bench hungry for the win and provided strong court coverage and pass return. Emily secures three straight serves. Grace made a smart play to the wide open center court of the Terriers. Strong passing and courage to hustle down the ball, kept the Cougars in the set. Brandy Michelle delivers a well-placed final ace serve to take set three, 25-17.
Set four, the Cougars take the court ready to go. The Lady Cougars had a hard time keeping the serve. Alecta played well on the net, helping to intimidate with her strong stance on the front line. Bethany offered up 3 consecutive serves but it wasn’t enough against the Terriers. They finished the set with 12 straight serves that the Cougars struggled to return amidst a variety of player substitutions. The Terriers took the match, winning this set 10-25.
The Lady Cougars continue to show how far they have come. They are making huge strides in the season and in their game, and Coach Tasha and I look forward to the coming matches this season. They will take on the Mill Springs Mustangs on Thursday, August 30 at 4pm. Come out and cheer them on at home! Go Cougars.