Crook County remains undefeated with four set wins over Banks and Madras

It didn't always look polished, and at times their inexperience showed, but the Crook County Cowgirls remain undefeated after taking a pair of four-set victories over Banks and Madras by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Karlee Hollis hits the ball past a blocker from Banks for one of her 15 kills in the match. Hollis added 13 kills in a match against Madras later in the evening as Crook County won both matches to remain undefeated on the year.Tuesday night.

The Cowgirls struggled early against the Banks Braves, dropping the first set, 25-23, before rebounding to take the final three sets of the match 25-11, 25-17, 25-19.

"That was ugly," Crook County Head Coach Rosie Honl told her team following the match. "That was probably the most unprepared mental game I have ever seen the Cowgirls play. It was lackadaisical and unfocused — but we got out of it."

After the Braves took an early lead in the first set, the Cowgirls scored five consecutive points to take a 10-8 lead. After calling a timeout, Banks regrouped and scored the next three points to retake the lead. From there, the two teams traded points until the by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hannah Troutman hits the ball past the block of Taylor Sjolund of Madras. Troutman had 16 kills against Madras and 20 kills earlier in the evening against Banks as Crook County defeated both teams in four sets.set was tied 18-18. Banks finally took the lead for good on a tip by Megan Bunn. Bunn added her sixth kill of the match on the next point to give the Braves a 20-18 lead. Although the Cowgirls kept things close, the Braves were able to hang on for the two-point win.

The Braves took an early 2-1 lead in the second set of the match, before the Cowgirls were finally able to get untracked. Crook County opened up a 9-5 lead before Jennifer Roth served 11 consecutive serves to give the Cowgirls a 20-5 lead, en route to a 14-point win.

When Crook County jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the third set, it looked like the Cowgirls were in total control of the match. However, the Braves regrouped and closed to within a single point at 13-12. Two consecutive kills by Hannah Troutman gave the Cowgirls a 17-13 lead. From there, the Cowgirls slowly pulled away to win the set. Banks took an early lead in the fourth, and final set, before the Cowgirls finally tied the match at 11. The two teams were tied 13-13 before the Cowgirls scored five consecutive points to take control of the set. The Cowgirls finally closed out the match with consecutive kills by Kathryn Kaonis and Troutman.

Troutman finished with 20 kills in the match, while Karlee Hollis added 15, and Kaonis chipped in with nine. Bunn led the Braves attack with 17 kills.

Troutman, Roth, and Hollis all finished with four aces in the match, while Kayla Hamilton and Abby Smith finished with 25 and 24 assists respectively. Laken Berlin led the Cowgirls in digs with 21, while Troutman finished with 19 and Hamilton, Smith, and Hollis each added seven. Kaonis also came up big at the net with four blocks in the match.

While the Cowgirls regrouped and waited in the wings, the Braves quickly dispatched the Madras White Buffalos in straight sets, 25-14, 25-19, 25-19.

The Cowgirls came out strong against the White Buffalos in the final match of the evening, taking an early lead and never looking back as they rolled to a 25-13 victory.

However, Madras regrouped and took the second set of the match 25-22. Madras led 10-9 in the third set, before the Cowgirls were able to regain control. Crook County eventually pulled out to a 25-20 win. The Cowgirls never trailed in the fourth and final set, as Crook County steadily pulled away for a 25-17 win.

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Laken Berlin follows through after diving on the floor for a dig during the Cowgirls' victory over the Banks Braves on Tuesday. Berlin led the Cowgirls in digs on the night with 21 against Banks, and 15 against Madras.“There are some things that we have to fix,” Honl said. “We passed a lot of balls that were outside instead of high, inside, and off the net. Our hitters have no place to go with the ball when it is set out there.”

Once again, Troutman and Hollis led the Cowgirls in kills with 16 and 13 respectively. Troutman added 15 digs and five aces on a 19-20 serving effort. Berlin also had 15 digs, and finished with six aces while going 17-18 from the service line.

With the wins, the Cowgirls are now 4-0 on the season, with all four wins coming against teams who placed at last year’s state tournament.

“I’m really happy,” Honl said. “I said ‘Oh God, I just want to get out of here with a win and not go five games.’ And they came back and took care of business both times.”

Honl added that the Cowgirls have to be prepared to play their best volleyball in every match.

“These teams are going to bring out their best against us all the time,” she said. “All the teams want to beat us. It’s a feather in their cap. So we have just got to bring it in every game.”

Crook County hosted the Burns Highlanders on Thursday. The team is at home again on Tuesday when they take on the Mountain View Cougars in a 6:30 p.m. start.

Tuesday, September 10

at Crook County

Crook County . . . . . . . . .23 25 25 25

Banks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 11 17 19

Banks . . . . .25 25 25

Madras . . . .14 19 19

Crook County . . . . . . . . . 25 22 25 25

Madras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 25 20 17

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