Two top 10 ranked teams in Class 4A volleyball met at the Wamego gym and the seventh ranked Red Raiders took two matches from the 10th ranked Abilene Cowgirls Tuesday.
“Typical Abilene versus Wamego volleyball matches,” Cowgirl coach Mike Jantz said. “High intensity, what you would expect from two ranked teams going at it.”
The Cowgirls dropped the first match in straight sets, 25-23, 25-17.
In match number one, freshman Jessica Hayes had seven kills, 13 service points with two aces. Seniors Taylor Thompson and Hailey Devine combined for eight kills, three by Thompson, who also had seven service points and an ace.
Senior setter Courtney Geist provided 17 assists in the match.
Match number two saw the Cowgirls take the first set, 25-22, to force Wamego to win the next two, 25-22, 25-16.
Thompson led the Cowgirls in kills with 16, Hayes added 11 and Devine had four.
Hayes made 14 service points with an ace and Katie Howie came off the bench in the second set to make five service points with an ace.
Geist had 34 assists in the final match while also collecting 13 service points.
“Our goal was to have fun and improve our level of play and for the most part, I was pleased with the effort of the girls,” Jantz said. “I thought Taylor had a nice night hitting the ball on the right side and Courtney worked very hard at setting the ball.” “Although we lost two matches, hopefully we can take the higher level of competition and better level of play from the night and continue to improve as a team,” Jantz said.
The Cowgirls take their 18-7 record into to Council Grove Friday.