Cottey started the day with a 3-2 win over Labette County and finished with a 3-0 win over the Lady Greyhounds in the third match of the day. Labette County beat the Lady Greyhounds 3-0 in the second match.
The Comets finished the day with Lauren Jenkins atop the boards with three aces and 16 kills, Ashley Bryson with 44 assists and Carmen Kintz with six blocks and 24 digs against Labette County. Bryson added four aces and 27 assists while Jenkins scored 11 kills and 11 digs, Janelle Crowell had two blocks and Kintz and Jesse Jargowsky added 11 digs each against the Lady Greyhounds.
The Comets will continue their season this evening at 6:30 p.m., when they travel to Fort Scott, followed by another road match at Stephens College, in Columbia, Mo., on Sept. 13. The next home match fot Cottey is set for the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27, in a quad match against regional opponents.
Marla Foreman, Cottey volleyball coach, said that she thought her players were a little nervous going into the first match with Labette County before settling down into their own game.
"We played more relaxed in match two than in the first match," Foreman said.
"We intended to come in today and win and we took the bull by the horns and did," she said, adding that the Comets needed the two wins after losing to Longview on Sept. 3.
She said that this year there is enough depth on the Comets' team that she can play everyone at some point during most games.
The talent she has available this year has prevented her from deciding on a set group of starting players, which has usually happened by this time in the season.
She said that during practice players accumulate points for various activities and those points totals are used to decide who will start the next game.
"These 10 players are making it very hard for me to decide on a starting line-up," she said.
And because of that, the starters may change from week to week.
"It's a good problem for me to have," Foreman said.
This year's team has five returning players -- Anna Cruse, Jesse Jargowsky, Lauren Jenkins, Carmen Kintz and Lindsey Monceret -- as well as second-year student and Nevada High School graduate Ashleigh Bryson, who played for the Fort Scott Lady Greyhounds last year.
"This is the first time I've had this many solid returning players," Foreman said.
In addition to those players, Foreman has recruited five quality freshman players: Janelle Crowell, Lafayette, Ind., Chrissy Echeveria, Casa Grande, Ariz., Kalely Rogers, Stockton, Mo. and 2008 Nevada High School graduate Lindsey Webb.
She said that her sophomore players have told her that the incoming freshman players will add a lot of strength to the squad.
Foreman said that she usually has two middle hitters; this year she will have five players capable of playing that position, as well as having six players capable of being outside hitters.
"This gives me the flexibility of using outside and middle hitting and not necessarily using the same people," she said.
Last year, the Comets had good defense and she expects that to be similar this year.
"I think my defense is going to be strong overall," she said.
"Last year we were credited by other teams for our strong defense and this year can only be better," she said.
Foreman said that after the 2007 season ended, she told the players that she was expecting to return this year that she would have high expectations this fall.
"I've challenged the team to beat the school record of 17-6, which they set in 2005," she said.
The Comets finished the 2007 season with a 13-10 record.