Grayson County’s volleyball team turned the tables on the Ohio County Eagles Tuesday night in Hartford, handing them a loss on their home court in straight sets, 2-0.
In the last week of August, the Eagles had come into the Cougar Den and handed the Lady Cougars one of their four losses on the year, coming back from a loss in the first set to take the next two sets and the match.
The JV girls also won, though in split sets, 21-15, 19-21, 21-14. The freshman girls, looking disorganized and unsure of where they needed to be, lost in straight sets, 18-21, 13-21.
The Lady Eagles led for much of the early going in the first set, but never by more than two points. Then, trailing 10-11, the Lady Cougars got kills from Ella Robinson and Olivia Lucas, then a spectacular block at the net by Robinson to take a 13-11 lead, and they never trailed again.
The Lady Cougars stretched their lead by as many as four points, 17-13, but the Lady Eagles were able to pull back to within a point of the lead three times afterward.
The Lady Eagles were able to stave off two set-points before Robinson pushed a ball into an empty area to give the Lady Cougars the first-set win.
Grayson County scored the first four points of the second set, but then allowed Ohio to come back and tie the score at 5-5. The Lady Eagles took their first lead at 8-7, then had their largest lead at 10-8 before the Lady Cougars came back to take a 13-11 lead.
The Lady Eagles led one more time after that, 14-13, but six straight Grayson County points, including a pair of Robinson kills, gave them a lead they would not give back, 19-14.
Robinson served at match-point, 24-17, but her serve went long and the Lady Eagles had another chance. They won the next point, but when Anna Law’s next serve was long, the Lady Cougars had the win. They are now 11-4 for the year.
Grayson County trailed just once in the first set, 0-1, but the Lady Eagles stayed close. Leading by three, 14-11, Rylie Hayes served an ace that ticked off the tape. Katie Skaggs then put away a kill, and Hayes served another ace to give the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the set, six points at 17-11.
Ohio County pulled to within two at 17-15, but the Lady Cougars won the next rally point and gave the serve to Maddie Duvall. A Duvall ace and an Ohio hitting error took it to set-point, when Duvall used a jump serve to deliver another ace and the set win.
Grayson County led by three points several times in the second set, the last time at 19-16, when Ohio won the ball back and served out to win the second set 21-19.
The Lady Cougars never trailed in the final set, and led by as many as three until Chloe Cox took the serve leading 11-8. A Hayes kill, a Cox ace and an Ohio hitting error put the Cougars up by six, 14-8 and Ohio was never closer than three points the rest of the way. An Ohio hitting error at match point gave Grayson the win.
Ohio grabbed an early five point lead, 10-5, before Grayson came back to tie things at 10-10. They took a 14-11 lead, but could not seem to get out of each other’s way after that and the Lady Eagles went on to win the first set 18-21.
The Lady Cougars stayed close in the second set before a 9-0 Ohio County run took it to match-point at 20-12. Grayson took the next rally point, but a hitting error on the next serve gave the Lady Eagles the match.
By Don Brown, Local Sports
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