Comets take second in Springfield tournament

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Cottey's Lauren Jenkins returns the ball during a match against Kentucky Christian University over the weekend at Baptist Bible College. --Jack Webb/Special to the Daily Mail

The Cottey College Comets took five of six matches at the regional tournament in Springfield, Mo., this past weekend, losing in the championship match to Stephens College.

The tournament was full of four-year Christian schools, with Cottey being the only junior college in attendance. In their first match, the Comets took on Kentucky Christian University and won in three sets 25-20, 28-26, 25-15.

In the next match, Cottey earned a decisive decision over Central Baptist College as they won in three sets 25-22, 25-11, 25-19. "Central Baptist was having some trouble on their own team and I think that gave us the upper hand on getting a good start on them," head coach Marla Foreman said.

The third match against Baptist Bible College was the only one of the tournament for the Comets that went to four sets. Cottey eventually came out on top, however, by a final score of 25-11, 25-10, 27-29, 25-16.

Cottey dominated the fourth match against Southwestern Christian University, taking all three sets 25-15, 25-10, 25-14.

"This was probably the weakest team we saw during the tournament," Foreman said. Southwestern finished last in their pool while the Comets took first in theirs going into the match.

On the second day of the tournament, Cottey got off to a strong start, taking out Central Baptist for the second time in the tournament and dispatched them in even more convincing fashion, with a final score of 25-14, 25-16, 25-10 to advance to the championship match.

The championship match against Stephens College proved to be too much for the Comets, as they fell in three sets 13-25, 13-25, 25-27. "The championship match against Stephens College was yet another flop for us," Foreman said.

That was the second loss for the Comets to a Stephens College team that Foreman and her players believe they should have beaten. Cottey finished second in the tournament and improved their record to 9-3 on the season.

The Comets are scheduled to travel to Miami, Okla., for their next match on Sept. 23, before coming home for a regional quad tournament on Sept. 26 and 27.

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