Unstoppable Cougars win 10th straight in volleyball
Thursday, Sep. 19
--Photo by Doug Stroud
Ring up No. 10 for the Kettle Run Cougars.
Kettle Run's varsity volleyball unit's winning streak reached 10 matches Tuesday night with a three-set sweep at Liberty.
The Cougars took a 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 decision behind solid all-around play by numerous team members.
"I thought we played OK," Kettle Run coach Bri West said, noting she installed some changes the day prior to the Evergreen District opener for both schools.
West said her charges were not comfortable with the alterations yet.
"You can't tell after only one match. That's something we'll see after two or three weeks," West said.
The Eagles (4-5) were no pushovers either, West noted.
"Liberty played great defense and did some great blocking. They surprised us a bit."
Liberty first-year coach Lauren Bosso expressed disappointment with her Eagles' sluggishness at the start of the match.
"That's exactly what I said. We've got to begin strong from the start. I told then they can't be nervous," said Bosso.
Kettle Run never trailed in the opening set, although there were early ties at 1-1 and 2-2.
Senior Melvina Brown ran of three service points for a 10-5 margin. The lead steadily grew until Emily Pross capped the set with four straight points. The final two points were scored by Catie McCarty on kills.
The second set was tied at 10-10 before two Eve Williamson points and three more by Rebecca McGilvery drove a wedge between the two local rivals.
Once again, Pross served the final four points of the set, utilizing twp McGilvery kills.
The third set saw Williamson serve eight straight points in one productive stretch.
McGilvery called the Cougars' 10th straight win satisfying for several reasons. "Tonight was good because we learned how to work through a slower paced game," she said, noting the Cougars prefer an up tempo style.
West said Kettle Run's banner start has fueled postseason expectations.
"It's all about practice. They want to push themselves. I keep reminding them of November," West said of the timing of the Virginia High School League's 3A North Region tournament.
The regional playoff is within reach as the Cougars appear to be the prohibitive favorites for the Conference 27 tournament crown.
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