The Cottey College Comets traveled to Lee's Summit, Mo,, for a pre-Regional/District tournament hosted at Longview Community College. The Comets played matches against East Central College, St. Louis Community College-Meramec, and St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley taking victory against two of the three opponents, falling only to East Central. The format was best of three and the scores were as follows: East Central 27-30, 24-30; Meramec 30-21, 21-30, 15-12; Florissant Valley 30-15, 30-26.
This was the first time Cottey had faced East Central, a new addition to Region XVI. The Lady Rebels proved to be tough opponents for the Comets. However, Cottey was competitive throughout both games.
"East Central and Cottey were neck and neck in game one of their first match of the day," said head coach Marla Kannady Foreman. "We made some of those errors after great plays, and it ended up costing us that game. Not that I would use the type of ball we were using as an excuse, but we were using a different textured ball for game one. My setters could tell a difference, and I am sure it was awkward for my back row receivers as well. However, by game two we had the ball situation resolved, and we were ready to play."
"Game two of the East Central match was more of them serving us hard serves, which we didn't take care of very well. Otherwise, we played right with them the whole time," added Foreman.
The match against the Meramec Magic was one of the more interesting of the day. First Cottey dominated game one from the opening serve. After switching sides, Meramec dominated game two from the opening serve. That in itself is a bit curious, but it was game three that provided the real fireworks of the day.
"Game three was a very interesting one in itself, let alone what the refs were doing to us," said Foreman. "At one point the score was wrong, because Meramec had made a point and they didn't credit them with it. Next thing I know they not only gave Meramec a point, but they also took a point from us as well. Needless to say, I was a bit stirred up about it. It fired my players up enough to make them take us on out of that game fast, and I was thankful for that!"
The match against Florissant Valley was almost anticlimactic after the controversy against the Magic. However, the Comets kept their cool and rolled to a relatively easy two-game victory.
Statistical leaders for the Comets were as follows. Against East Central, Candace Potts had two aces, Jesse Jargowsky had nine assists, Lauren Jenkins had seven kills, Lindsey Monceret had five blocks, and Tara Cooper had 10 digs. Against Meramec, Jenkins had three aces, Jargowsky had 20 assists, Monceret had 11 kills and four blocks, and Carmen Kintz had 18 digs. Against Florissant Valley, Tara Cooper and Jargowsky each had two aces and 16 assists while Cooper also added 11 kills, Jenkins had seven blocks, and Michelle Schulte added 16 digs.
With the wins, the Comets raised their record to 7-4 on the season.
They hit the road once more to face Independence Community College in Independence, Kan. on Friday, Sept. 28. On Monday, Oct. 1, Cottey will face border rival Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott. The next home match for the Comets will be on Friday, Oct. 5, when they challenge Ozark Christian College from Joplin. That match will begin at 7 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Hinkhouse Center Gymnasium.