By Arvon Bacon
The Lady Cougars dominated a volleyball doubleheader matchup against the Carrollton Trojans and the Northside Patriots.
After beating the Trojans in a two-set sweep victory 25-19, 25-20, the Lady Cougars repeated with a two-set to one victory over the Patriots 24-26, 25-19, 15-10.
The Lady Cougars are 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the region. After losing to the Patriots two weeks ago in their gym, the Cougars would make amends to even score.
First game vs. Carrollton Trojans
The match started off close, as the Lady Cougars led by three points, 8-5 after the emphatic block by Madelyn West. However, the Lady Cougars pulled away going on an 11-6 run prior to the Trojans' kill, which was almost saved by a tremendous dig from defensive specialist, Lindsey Edmondson, to make the score 19-12.
Despite the Trojans’ valiant effort to come back in the set, sophomore Kaitlyn Pope aced the Trojans to halt their run before sophomore sensation Madelyn West scored a kill as she used her soft to buckle the Trojans blockers as the ball fell to the floor for the match point, 25-19.
The second set proved to be more competitive than the first, but thanks to some timely digs from the Lady Cougar’s captain Caroline Darracott, it bought some time for freshman sensation Mattie Lovett to find her range to tie the game up, 11-11.
Due to the clutch kills from Emma Flanagan and Madelyn West down the stretch of the match, a smooth road was paved for Mattie Lovett to score the final kill to sweep both sets against the lady Trojans, 25-20.
Second game vs. Northside Patriots
To begin the second half of the doubleheader, the Cougars found themselves seeking amends after being defeated 2-0 by the Patriots in their home gym. Early on, the match was tight, but Bella Boston served an ace to halt the Patriot run, bringing the Cougars back to within one, 5-4. However, the Lady Cougars’ valiant comeback came up just short, losing the first set 26-24.
After losing the first set, the ladies remained focused and would not settle for defeat to the Patriots. The Cougars came back and won back-to-back sets 25-19, 15-10 to taste the victory of sweet revenge.
In their last two sets, setter Hailey Holder served up two aces that provided the spark to propel the Lady Cougars to victory.
Next week the Cougars will wrap up conference play next week against Pebblebrook and East Coweta.
After the games, Head Coach Janet Brown said, “These were huge wins over two very good teams, and we worked very hard for two weeks to come back for another chance to beat them,” said Brown. “I’m very impressed with our outside hitters, Bella and Madelyn. Bella started a little slow, but when she had it going down the stretch.”
“Sticking to what we’re doing right now will be vital for us moving forward. We’ve already defeated big competition in the state, and playing on November seventh is our goal,” Brown added.