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Cottey Comets volleyball splits weekend matches

Monday, October 8, 2012

Ralph Pokorny/Daily Mail Cottey freshman Morgan Wheatley, from Rich Hill, serves up a point during Friday's 3-0 win over Baptist Bible College.
Nevada Daily Mail

The Cottey Comet volleyball team split a pair of matches over the weekend in the gym at the Hinkhouse Center.

The Comets defeated Baptist Bible College Friday night in three sets, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-16 on Dig Pink Night for breast cancer awareness. Hannah Wilson led the Comets with three aces, while Skyler Ford recorded a team-high 10 kills and five blocks. Kymee Bair and Alexis Self each recorded five digs and Self led the Comets with 20 assists.

Erica Phillips had the top kill percentage for the Comets on the night at 53 percent. As a team, the Comets' hitting percentage was just 37 percent in the first set, 32 percent in the second and 25 percent in the final set.

"I was pleased with the teams ability to play against Baptist Bible, even though it was a little less tempo than what they have been used to," Comets head coach Marla Kannady Foreman said. "The key word I used for my players for this match was 'focus.' We were able to take them in three sets."

On Saturday, the Stephens College Stars beat the Comets in four sets by the final scores of 25-20, 25-17, 26-24 and 25-19 -- only dropping the third set. Phillips led the Comets with three aces in that match, while Wilson recorded 14 assists. Self added a team-high 12 digs and Ford had five blocks.

Cassie Hale led the Comets with a 23 percent kill rate. As a team, the Comets' hit at just 24 percent in the opening set, 4 percent in the second, 25 percent in the third and 9 percent in the fourth and final set.

"After the Saturday match, we supplied pizza, drinks and desserts for the parents, grandparents and friends of the players and managers as part of our appreciation for family weekend," Foreman said. "It's nice to have that fellowship time, as I don't always get that one-on-one with every parent after each match. Overall, we had a good weekend!"

With those matches, the Comets' overall record now stands at 7-7 on the year and Foreman's squad is scheduled to visit Labette Community College Friday night at Parsons, Kan.

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